English Language: Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 20th July 2021.

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Photo of Lord Gilbert of Panteg Lord Gilbert of Panteg Chair, Communications and Digital Committee, Chair, Communications and Digital Committee

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Berridge on 2 June (HL434), whether they still intend to publish a cross-Government English language strategy, as set out in the Integrated Communities Strategy green paper.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

I refer the noble Lord to the answer I gave on 2 June 2021 to Question HL434.

This government remains committed to English language as demonstrated by the manifesto commitment to boost English language teaching.

Our response to the COVID-19 outbreak is our priority at present. We will provide an update on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in due course.

The department also remains committed to strengthening communities through integration. Since publication, we have made significant progress on the commitments in the Integrated Communities Action Plan. This includes providing over 18,000 learner places through our Integrated Communities English Language Programme (£4.5 million) and Coordination Fund (£1.2 million), and setting up of five Integration Areas.

We continue to build upon the Integration Area Programme and are working hard to boost English language provision, including through the ESOL for Integration Fund.

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