Newham ESOL Exchange is a network of people from the voluntary and statutory sectors who have contact with ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learners. Running since 2007 we meet every two months to share news and discuss issues important to ESOL provision: new members are always welcome. In the past year we have looked at:
  • How the refugee and migrant system works in the UK
  • Learning how to learn, focusing on non-literate learners
  • Developing online resources for ESOL tutors and learners
  • The refugee crisis – working together to provide supportive pathways

Want to learn English in Newham? Click on the image below to visit our interactive online directory: 


Training for ESOL tutors and volunteers

We have a growing programme of continuing professional development (CPD) for ESOL tutors. These opportunities are open to qualified and trainee ESOL tutors and volunteers. They are low cost (£5 for those living or working in Newham) and delivered at Forest Gate Learning Zone.

*** Event coming up: Pathways into employment: help refugees and migrants take the next step***

Do you work with refugees, migrants or ESOL learners who would like to improve their skills, move towards work or find a better job?

Newham ESOL Exchange is running an event on Wednesday November 8th that brings together key local providers of employability support so you can get all the information you need in 2 hours!  

The event will include:  

  • Short presentations from: Newham College Apprenticeship Team Newham Workplace Department for Work and Pensions/Job Centre Plus the Centre for Innovation and Partnerships UEL's New Beginnings intensive access course Cllr Lakmini Shah - about the council's Conversation Cafe initiative. 
  • A marketplace of stalls giving information about local services, events and organisations.
  • An interactive session exploring how best to encourage people to access the pathways that are available and looking at gaps in provision
  • Networking sessions to meet organisations with shared interests and users.   If you or your organisation supports ESOL learners, refugees or migrants an

*****For more information or to book a place visit the event webpage HERE****

Get involved!

If you deliver ESOL or work with people learning English, Newham ESOL Exchange has a lot to offer. You can get involved in the following ways:

  • Use the online directory and tell others about it.
  • Join the ESOL Exchange email list to receive information. Email us here
  • Come to a meeting: the perfect place to network and learn

Our resources

Interactive online directory

In 2016, thanks to the hard work of our volunteer Ana, we launched our first online directory. This website enables people to easily search for ESOL classes across Newham:

Evaluation of Newham ESOL Exchange

In 2015 UCL completed an independent evaluation of the work of the Exchange that includes evidence of the difference we’re making and suggestions for the future. Read the report here

Setting up an ESOL Class: Good Practice Guide

This factsheet was written because we were often asked how to set up ESOL classes.
Click here to download 'The good practice guide'.

When do you need English.

A resource for tutors and professionals that illustrates why ESOL matters.

Click here to download 'When do you need English'.

Links to other resources

On Speaking Terms: Making ESOL policy work better for migrants and wider society. DEMOS, 2014

Towards an ESOL Strategy for England. NATECLA, 2016

 Archived resources
ESOL – Investing in the Big Society.  In 2010 we produced a briefing paper that made the case for supporting and strengthening ESOL provision in the borough.

Click here to download the paper.