The Greater London Authority will use its Adult Education Budget to provide free English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) courses up to the level required for British citizenship.
A new consultation on its Skills for Londoners Framework outlines a proposal to spend its adult education budget (AEB) to fully-fund ESOL provision up to entry level 3 from 2020/21.
London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, will conduct a review into the quality and delivery of ESOL provision in the capital before offering the free courses, with the GLA taking control of London’s £306 million adult education budget from the Education and Skills Funding Agency from 1st August this year.
Over 50 per cent of the country’s ESOL provision takes place in the capital, but 210,000 adults in London claim that they “cannot speak English very well”. The Greater London Authority hopes that creating an entitlement for ESOL to entry level 3 shows that London is “open to talent and will support Londoners to get the skills they need to succeed”.