British Citizenship

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Lord Greaves Lord Greaves Spokesperson in the Lords, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Spokesperson in the Lords (Planning), Department for Communities and Local Government

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the English Speaking Board is accredited or supported by the Home Office or any other department; and, if so, for what purposes.

Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Security and Counter-terrorism), Home Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Security and Counter-terrorism)

The English Speaking Board is one of eight awarding bodies in England for the ESOL Skills for Life qualification, which is one of the means by which applicants can satisfy the English language and knowledge of life in the UK requirements for indefinite leave to remain or citizenship.

The English Speaking Board is accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). The QCA is a public body, sponsored by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). Its role in accrediting awarding bodies includes ensuring that they have robust and appropriate management arrangements, and policies and procedures that will support and protect learners who take their qualifications.

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