To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information the Government holds on the amount of funding from the public purse which has been made available for lessons in English for speakers of other languages in constant prices in each of the last 10 years.
19 January 2017
The table below shows estimated funding for adult skills budget English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) provision from 2009/10 onwards, and also includes funding by the Department for Communities and Local Government. We do not hold data before 2009/10.
Funding for ESOL is allocated by the Skills Funding Agency as part of a provider’s adult skills budget. In addition, there are a number of ESOL courses funded through the Agency’s community learning budget, but we do not collect data which enables us to provide a breakdown of the expenditure on these. SFA-funded providers which deliver ESOL include Further Education colleges, local authorities and a few other providers
From 2013/14 the Department for Communities and Local Government has directly funded six projects to engage isolated adults with poor or no English who had not previously accessed mainstream training.
DfE ACADEMIC YEAR ESTIMATED FUNDING* (Adult Skills Budget)
DCLG FINANCIAL YEAR FUNDING FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROJECTS
*(Formerly the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) – funding values are estimated using data from the Individualised Learner Record (ILR). Estimated funding provides an indication of the level of government funding and should not be treated as actual spend.