ESOL Funding

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Following the transition to local-borough funded ESOL now that the Learning and Skills Council have withdrawn funding, how are the boroughs getting on in identifying the need for ESOL courses? Have you given the boroughs specific deadlines as to when they must report this information back? Who is taking charge of this piece of research?


Answer for ESOL Funding

Answer for ESOL Funding

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Learning and Skills Council have not withdrawn funding for ESOL. The Local Authority role under the Government's new approach to ESOL is to undertake local assessments of need that then feed into commissioning arrangements of the LSC. Local Authorities should be completing these local assessments at the time of writing. The GLA does not have any formal role in this process. Richard Barnes recently chaired a roundtable on ESOL with key stakeholders that explored how the GLA might build on local assessments to develop a London-wide policy.