ESOL Provision

COSLA are working with Scottish Government, Education Scotland, local authorities and other stakeholders to ensure that ESOL provision across Scotland best meets the needs of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

COSLA owns and moderates a collaborative and sharing online community where local authority practitioners and tutors can post questions and share resources for working with refugees. You can join the group HERE. (the group is hosted on Knowledge Hub, a public servivce collaboration platform; users are required to register with the site first, then request to join the group)

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 COSLA 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.

On 29 February 2016 COSLA contributed to an event hosted by Education Scotland to support ESOL practitioners who are new to working with refugees. The event shared the experiences of ESOL practitioners and refugee support agencies. You can find videos and presentations from the event HERE. They provide information on services available to support refugees, as well as tips and ideas on how to support them in the classroom. 

For more information...

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

Read our latest policy papers on ESOL.

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Last updated: 06/05/2020