The ESOL Provision That Learners Need (Webinar)

This webinar will present The Bell Foundation’s vision for up-to-date quality ESOL education based on a review it conducted recently.

In this webinar, Dr Philida Schellekens will present the findings of a recent ESOL Qualifications and Curriculum Review conducted by The Bell Foundation with input from adult education providers, further education colleges, local authorities, mayoral combined authorities, awarding bodies and policymakers. 

Areas of focus will include:

  • Overview of the national standards for adult literacy, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications and the core curriculum, and their impact on ESOL delivery, learners’ progress and progression to further study and employment.
  • Evidence-informed recommendations and practical proposals to improve ESOL standards, qualifications, and methodology.
  • The need for data on learners of ESOL across further education and skills (FES) provision, advice and guidance, and a national strategy for ESOL.

Who should register for the webinar

  • Leaders and managers responsible for the quality of ESOL delivery in adult and further education, sixth form colleges, and independent training providers.
  • ESOL specialist teachers.
  • Tutors and mentors working in Initial Teacher Training and TESOL qualifications in the higher and further education sectors.
  • Local education authority staff.
  • Mayoral combined authorities staff.
  • Policymakers.
  • Awarding bodies
  • Researchers.
  • Other professionals with an interest in educational policy.

Why you should register for the webinar

  • Ability to pose questions regarding current ESOL qualifications.
  • A great opportunity for participants to have direct access to expert advice from a researcher in ESOL with extensive experience and expertise in the further education and skills sector.
  • Timesaving, one-hour intensive session with Q&A.
  • Access to session recording.
  • First to hear about future webinars and how to sign up.

If you have any questions that specifically relate to the webinar topic which you would like answered during the live session, please send them to: 

If the webinar is full, please complete the wait list form and you will be contacted if a place becomes available. Everyone on the wait list will be sent a copy of the webinar recording.

Ticket sales end at 4:00pm (UK time) on 13 May.

Your speaker, Philida

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Dr Philida Schellekens works as a consultant for The Bell Foundation and is the author of the Foundation’s ESOL Qualifications and Curriculum Review. She is a leading UK and international consultant in the teaching and learning of English as a first, second and foreign language, with expertise in the inspection and management of 16+ FE educational, vocational and TVET provision. Philida has worked as senior adviser on educational reform at ministerial level in several countries. 

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