ESOL Provision

In early 2017 COSLA commissioned Research Scotland to deliver learning and support for those delivering and planning English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for adults who have been resettled in Scotland through current refugee resettlement schemes. The project involved a series of four regional learning events which brought together those involved in the planning or delivery of ESOL within the resettlement schemes to explore and share their experiences and practice.

This resulted in:

  • The finalised ESOL for refugees guidance was published in December 2017. It brings together learning from the four regional events, and discussions with ESOL practitioners, strategic leads, experts, and learners to provide advice and examples that you might find useful if you are planning or delivering ESOL for refugees who have been resettled in Scotland, including through the Syrian Resettlement Programme (SRP) or the Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Programme (VCRS). Practitioners have emphasised that many of the lessons discussed in relation to refugee adults being resettled in Scotland can be applied to other groups of learners too.


In June 2018 the ESOL coordinator planned a national learning and networking event on informal peer learning, teaching pre-literacy and trauma in the learning setting. These topics were key topics as identified in the Research Scotland project. You can see highlights of the day on our blog.

You can contact COSLA Migration Team's ESOL coordinator at

For more information...

See our ESOL services page on our Migration Policy Toolkit for more information.