ESOL Providers Explained

In the UK there are 3 main types of organisations that deliver English classes for migrants. These are called Statutory Providers, Private Providers and Third sector providers.

Statutory provision of ESOL in Leeds is a legal requirement under UK law, and is funded by the UK government. Many ESOL classes at Leeds City College and at several children’s centres are part of statutory provision. The ESOL classes are free for many learners, depending on their immigration status.

The private provision of ESOL in Leeds is independent from the UK government, and run by individuals and companies. A number of private colleges and language schools in Leeds offer ESOL classes where learners pay a fee to attend.

The third sector ESOL provision in Leeds is run by community groups, charities and faith organisations. These offer ESOL classes for free or for a very small fee, and are often run by volunteers.

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