We are pleased to confirm that Newham ESOL Exchange will carry on. Anne will continue to deliver the project via Compost London CIC, so future activities planned at the last members meeting will be taken forward. To make sure you continue to get information about the Exchange please contact Compost using info@compostlondon.org.uk and get on the mailing list.
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

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 (£6 for those living or working in Newham) and delivered at Forest Gate Learning Zone.

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: anne.crisp@aston-mansfield.org.uk 
  • Come to a meeting: the perfect place to network and learn

Our resources

Welcome to Newham

Here is our ‘Welcome to Newham pack for recently arrived refugees and migrants. Download your welcome pack here

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: www.newhamesolexchange.org.uk

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.