At the request of the Department for Education, L&W undertook a small-scale, time-limited stakeholder consultation to provide an up-to-date picture on ESOL learners’ progression to Functional Skills English qualifications (FSE). Building on earlier research and stakeholder engagement, L&W conducted stakeholder and provider interviews, and online practitioner focus groups, in order to answer the following questions:
Providers use a range of delivery models, commonly using ESOL qualifications at Entry Level, before learners move to Functional Skills, typically after achieving Entry Level 3. The consultation found consensus around the features of effective practice in delivering ESOL and FS qualifications, namely:
The report also identifies a need for greater professional learning and development support for ESOL practitioners, and teachers who work with ESOL learners in other contexts e.g. vocational and technical education.