ESOL Qualifications and Curriculum Review

Our review of the ESOL qualifications and curriculum provides evidence-informed recommendations to improve ESOL standards, qualifications, and methodology.

The ESOL core curriculum and qualifications were first introduced more than 20 years ago and are ripe for review. Key changes are needed to bring ESOL methodology and assessment up to date, so that learners have access to effective language teaching, which provides them with the skills they need, not only to survive but to thrive in education, employment, and daily life.

In developing our recommendations for change, we consulted widely with the sector. They expressed strong agreement that reform is essential.

Our review makes recommendations on the following areas:

  • Revision of the ESOL language learning framework. 

  • Appropriate support for learners to progress to further education and employment.

  • Data collection on learners of ESOL.

  • The capacity of the sector to assess and teach effectively.

  • The need for a national policy and strategy.