September 2011 – What next?

Although we’re delighted with the campaign’s achievements, it’s
essential to keep ESOL at the top of the agenda as the government will
soon start considering funding for the next academic year. These are some of the things that you can do:

  • If you’ve been in contact with your MP, let them know what has happened and stress the need for their continued support
  • Contact your local UCU (the lecturers’ union) branch officers and
    make sure they know what has happened
  • Link up with any local migrant / refugee / community based
    organisations with an interest in the continued funding of ESOL classes … organise a local meeting
  • Inform your students / other students in your class about what the
    campaign has achieved
  • Invite your friends to join the AfE facebook group
  • Read the draft ‘ESOL Manifesto’ and let us know what you think
  • Contact your College Principal and urge them to continue to
    support the campaign and to lobby the Government directly and through the Principals’ organisation, the Association of Colleges
  • Let Dan Taubman (UCU) DTaubman@UCU.ORG.UK know whether your college is going to use its discretion to waive fees for students on inactive benefits and which groups of inactive claimants this will apply to.
  • other ideas …… please let us know! actionforesol@gmail.com

To pledge your support to defend ESOL and urge the government to reconsider its plans you can do the following:

For more information about the campaign, or to get involved please email Dan Taubman, UCU or Jennie Turner, NATECLA jenniferlouisemary@googlemail.com

For Action for ESOL campaign updates and information, including teaching resources for ESOL tutors, join the ESOL-Research group

Further information can be found on the NATECLA website