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Funded by The Bell Foundation
The 12-month study will investigate how current ESOL provision meets the needs of, and provides opportunities for, young people aged 16-25 who use English as an Additional Language (EAL).
The Bell Foundation is working in partnership with UCL Institute of Education (IoE), which is undertaking the research. The research team is led by Dr Olga Cara, Lecturer in Education, Practice and Society. As well as leading the project, Dr Cara will be responsible for the analysis of quantitative data.
Young people currently face increasing levels of insecurity in their work, education and housing, which affects the transition to adulthood and outcomes in later life. While there has been research on pupils who use English as an Additional Language in the English school system (up to age 16), there has been very little attention paid to the needs of these individuals once they leave school.
Through analysing the data available in the National Pupil Database (NPD) and the Individualised Learner Record (ILR), alongside an extensive literature review of practice in the UK and internationally, the project will answer the following questions: