English Speaking as a Foreign Language (1)

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In light of your comments on LBC Radio in January this year, which said that everybody living in London should be able to speak English, what analysis has been done of English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) provision in London?


Answer for English Speaking as a Foreign Language (1)

Answer for English Speaking as a Foreign Language (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

English language ability is key to enabling individuals to achieve their full potential and contribute fully to life in the capital. As such, learning English language continues to be my priority for integration.

I have commissioned a number of research reports into ESOL in London which can be found on the GLA website.

Research identified mothers amongst those most likely to be excluded from access to ESOL.  Through my London Schools Excellence Fund and the European Integration Fund I am supporting schools to deliver ESOL to mothers, while helping them to become more engaged in their children's education.