UK Parliament today debates ESOL provision in the country. Some of our students have been resettled in the UK but struggle to access the limited help provided by the government.
In fact, investment in ESOL provision specifically for refugees in the UK has been cut by 60% in the last 9 years. This means that many who cannot travel to classes, either due to travel costs, other responsibilities or limited mobility, miss out on essential learning which would open the doors to work or study in the UK.
It also means that even for those who can access the government courses, classes are often large and include mixed levels, making it a difficult learning environment. Language skills are crucial to a productive and less-stressful integration.
Many of those who are resettled are left behind while their children quickly learn the language and settle-in. Parents are left struggling to find work, communicate with doctors, schools, and other local services. More investment and a better plan are long overdue and we welcome this debate.