The Need for ILR Data on Learners of ESOL in Further Education and Skills

Policy briefing

This briefing outlines why an additional yes/no field marker should be added to the individualised learning record (ILR). This marker would identify learners whose first language is not English across the learning journey, from discrete ESOL to vocational/apprenticeships and educational courses, up to A and T levels.

Why is this needed?

  • It would enable FES providers to plan effectively.
  • It would result in accurate national data.
  • It would enable providers to track enrolment and outcome data.
  • Providers, mayoral combined authorities and other stakeholders agree with the need for it.
  • Ensuring value for public expenditure.