28 February 2019

Thousands to benefit from new English language programme


  • Redbridge Institute of Adult Education is one of only five winners of the  £4.5 million Government’s  Integrated Communities English Language Programme

  • This funding will help learners get the right type of English language provision to help them integrate into life in England.

Everyone living in England should be able to speak and understand English, so they can integrate into life in this country and make the most of the opportunities of living in modern Britain. The Government’s Integrated Communities English Language Programme aims to tackle one of the key causes of poor integration.

Our Integrated Communities English Language Programme, English for Everyday will fund over 2088 learner places, teaching in communities with a high proportion of adults who speak little or no English.

We will be supporting learners who may not have previously taken steps to learn English and will deliver classes that will improve proficiency in English, boost confidence and encourage integration.

Redbridge Institute will lead on this programme providing learner places in Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, City of London, Enfield, Newham and Waltham Forest.

Bob Littlewood, LBR Cabinet member for Crime, Safety and Community Cohesion said: “Learning English is a crucial first step to becoming an active citizen.  It can also help people out of isolation who may face tough barriers by not being able to speak the language.  The new programme will not only better integrate people into their communities but build their confidence in speaking the everyday English needed for everyday life – whether it’s talking to teachers, doctors, accessing local services or making friendships with people from different backgrounds. This is a fantastic opportunity for Redbridge and our neighbouring boroughs.”

Joni Cunningham, Principal of Redbridge Institute said ‘We are very excited to be part of this much needed innovative programme which will take English Language teaching into the heart of our communities.  Supporting people informally to take their first steps in learning English will break down barriers,  raise ambitions to carry on learning and  help  people make more of their lives.’

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