Basic Skills

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 27th March 2012.

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Photo of Gordon Marsden Gordon Marsden Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effect on English for speakers of other languages learners in further education colleges of the removal of basic skills qualifications in literacy and numeracy after academic year 2012-13.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes The Minister for Universities and Science, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

I can confirm that funding for English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) qualifications will continue for the academic year 2012/13, and this Department is currently considering the future shape and content for qualifications for ESOL learners for the academic year 2013-14.

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