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English Language

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on teaching English as a foreign language in Bedfordshire and Luton in 2005-06; and what the expected estimated total expenditure is in 2007-08. (129377)

[holding answer23 March 2007]: The following figures are for Further Education Learning Skills Council funded aims with Bedfordshire and Luton Providers in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

Learning Aim Title

Data

2005-06 (F05)

2006-07 (F01)

Grand total

Certificate in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA)

Aims

18

18

Funding (£)

10,791

10,791

Basic ESOL course, entry level

Aims

82

38

120

Funding (£)

44,255

23,155

67,410

Basic ESOL Course, Level 1

Aims

7

1

9

Funding (£)

2,715

1,143

3,858

Basic ESOL Course, Level 2

Aims

7

5

Funding (£)

742

801

1,543

Certificate in English (ESOL)

Aims

99

31

130

Funding (£)

23,832

23,832

Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

Aims

244

150

394

Funding (£)

341,771

418,583

760,354

Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)

Aims

483

178

661

Funding (£)

767,111

558,661

1,325,772

Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 2)

Aims

353

149

502

Funding (£)

505,539

453,326

958,865

Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 3)

Aims

637

128

765

Funding (£)

651,853

428,911

1,080,764

Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 1)

Aims

49

104

153

Funding (£)

46,670

83,317

129,987

Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 2)

Aims

55

34

89

Funding (£)

42,117

29,732

71,849

Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 3)

Aims

20

32

52

Funding (£)

12,167

30,781

42,948

Certificate in ESOL Subject Specialist

Aims

16

9

25

Funding (£)

6,454

3,830

10,284

Diagnostic Test in ESOL, 3 guided learning hours

Aims

3349

3349

Funding (£)

234,832

234,832

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)

Aims

94

87

181

Funding (£)

305,438

334,668

640,106

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 2)

Aims

21

6

27

Funding (£)

42,597

20,176

62,773

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 3)

Aims

6

27

33

Funding (£)

24,953

100,385

125,338

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 1)

Aims

353

119

472

Funding (£)

339,631

84,061

423,692

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 2)

Aims

157

129

286

Funding (£)

121,923

132,736

254,659

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 3)

Aims

67

76

143

Funding (£)

54,002

46,892

100,894

Open College Network Basic ESOL Course, Entry Level

Aims

440

577

1017

Funding (£)

229,552

382,367

611,919

Total Aims

6,539

1,898

8,437

Total oFunding

3,774,322

3,168,148

6,942,470

The expectation is that next year’s spending on ESOL will be broadly comparable to this year. The budget for the next five years will be dependent upon the comprehensive spending review after which all priorities will be re-assessed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what he expects the fees to be for the range of English for Speakers of Other Languages courses in 2007-08 between a programme of two hours per week for 30 weeks and a full-time programme of 450 programme guided learning hours. (124695)

[holding answer 2 March 2007]: Since 2001, almost 2 million people have taken up the opportunity to improve their English language skills through the Skills for Life Strategy.

The fee for a learner taking a course in English for Speakers of Other Languages is an operational matter for the national Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and Mark Haysom, the LSC’s Chief Executive, has written to my hon. Friend with this information. A copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Mark Haysom, dated 21 March 2007:

I write in response to your recent question to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, about the expected fees for English for Speakers of Other Languages courses in 2007-08 between a programme of two hours per week for 30 weeks and a full-time programme of 450 programme guided learning hours (glh).

Guidance on assumed fee rates is set out in the “Funding Guidance for Further Education 2006/07”, Annex A. In particular Table A2 gives the loadbanded assumed fee element for provision from 9glh to 1019glh per year.

For 2007/08 the assumed fee contribution will move to 37.5% from 32.5% (2006/07).

Set out below is the likely assumed fee rate for all qualifications of the stated glhs for 2007/08. The 2007/08 guidance is due to be published by April 2007 and there may be a slight variance in the figures once all the final calculations have been done:

£

For 60 - 89 glh

Assumed fee contribution would be:

153

For 450 - 479 glh

Assumed fee contribution would be:

990

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2007, Official Report, column 487W, on English for Speakers of Other Languages, if he will publish the data to which he refers from the Learning and Skills Council’s Individualised Learning Record disaggregated to the degree possible. (126484)

The answer of 1 February referred to Learning and Skills Council (LSC) data which show the increase in demand for Skills for Life English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provision.

LSC data show that between 2000/01 and 2004/05, enrolments onto basic skills learning aims increased as follows:

Enrolments (Thousand)

2000/01

159,000

2001/02

302,000

2002/03

413,000

2003/04

488,000

2004/05

484,000

2005/06

1504,000

1 Based on data up to data October 2006, both confirmed and estimated.

These data are not normally published as part of the Statistical First Release on the DfES website.

The current ESOL cohort do not all have the same learning needs as the original target cohort for Skills for Life ESOL. In order to deliver learning appropriate to the needs of both the settled community and those who need English for work in the UK, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority has been asked to develop new ESOL for Work qualifications.