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A new approach to ESOL: practical implications

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Regional Achievement Dialogue for the North East region on 17th September 2009, Newcastle

A Regional Achievement Dialogue event is an opportunity for those working across the post-16 sector, supporting literacy, language and numeracy development, to come together and engage in a dialogue. The themes of these events are often linked to emergent policies, practices and research that are likely to influence our work. Delegates attending these events are encouraged to participate in a dialogue through a range of activities and workshops.

As an outcome, our dialogue is then shared with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). This allows the Department to be aware of how policies are being operationalised – identify the good practice of the field and to hear when the implementation presents challenges for us as professionals but, more importantly, for the learner with whom we work.

A new approach to ESOL: practical implications
Thursday 17 September 2009, 9am to 1:30pm
Centre for Life, Time Square, Newcastle NE1 4EP

A New Approach to ESOL: A New Approach for English for Speakers of Other Languages was published in May 2009 and sets out the government’s new strategy for ESOL. There are practical implications for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC)/ Skills Funding Agency (SFA), providers and local authorities.
This event will provide the opportunity to hear about the policy context, find out about the lessons learned from pathfinders and have the opportunity to discuss the practical implications for front line delivery.


  1. To consider the current policy context for ESOL
  2. To discuss lessons learned from the Pathfinders and consider implications for practice
  3. To consider the new approach to planning provision
  4. To consider the practical implications for front line delivery.

It should appeal to ESOL professionals within all sectors, specifically ESOL providers, ESOL managers and ESOL practitioners.

Arrival and Registration is at 9:00am. The event will end with lunch at 1:30pm
Attendance is free to delegates from the North East region and will be restricted to those from the target audience.

To secure a place on this event, please complete the downloadable form. All responses need to be sent to the NIACE events team by the closing date of Thursday 27 August 2009. Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.


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