Building Strong Communities in London

The role of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in communities has never been more important. It plays a key role in levelling up the country and strengthening local communities to ensure anyone no matter their background can build up a foundation in English to help them reach their potential and reduce any isolation they may have. At a time when more people than ever are feeling isolated due to Covid-19 restrictions, ESOL is a way for individuals to build up skills to participate in their local community.

 As part of a recovery programme to build up Londoner's resilience against future epidemics, the Mayor of London has introduced a Recovery Programme. One such aim of this programme is that by 2025, all Londoners will have access to a community hub ensuring they can volunteer, get support and build strong community networks.

 The aim of this programme is to ensure that Londoner's are able to lead the recovery in their own communities by focusing on hyperlocal, community-led activities and co-production with a priority on working with those who were most affected by the pandemic.

 According to Greater London Authority, around 34% of Londoners volunteered formally in 2018–19, and around 53% of Londoners took part in informal volunteering. The Building Strong Communities in London aim is that the most disadvantaged can get the support and services they need. ESOL is one qualification that can build feelings of belonging and help combat loneliness and social isolation.

 How can Ascentis help aid this fundamentally important step to recovery?

 Ascentis' ESOL Skills for Life qualifications are designed specifically for people living in Britain and focus on preparing learners for everyday life, further education and the world of work.

 The primary aim is to assist the learner in becoming independent of other people such as interpreters or translators when interacting with English speakers in a work environment and elsewhere.

 By improving their communication and fluency in English, learners will significantly improve their employability skills and their ability to fully participate in every part of life in Britain beyond their local community.

 More information on these qualifications can be found here.

 Additional Qualifications from the UK's largest ESOL Provider

 Click here to find out how a centre like yours is using these qualifications to future proof their ESOL learners.

 Why Choose Ascentis ESOL?

 Centres have been able to grow their ESOL provision using our qualifications, which drastically save tutors’ time so they can spend more time with learners.

 Our Centres benefit from:

  • Support and guidance from the Number 1 provider of ESOL nationwide
  • No minimum registrations
  • Minimal paperwork for tutors
  • Additional resources, example speaking videos and practice papers available
  • Bespoke onsite staff training
  • No wait for resits
  • Learners are registered at any point prior to assessment
  • Controlled assessments can be taken in the classroom
  • Assessments can be broken up and tasks taken when the learner is ready
  • Direct support all year with your designated subject specialist External Quality Assurer
  • No assessment windows – you set the date
  • Assessments guide times
  • Regular regional and online support sessions
  • Quick certification

We are constantly updating our portfolio of qualifications to add value to your courses, provide your learners with additional skills and to empower their learning journeys and careers.

 Entry 1 and Entry 2 Programmes in Digital Skills for Beginners

 Ideal for many ESOL learners, we have put together a brand new tailored programme of learning designed to bridge the gap between pre-entry digital and Entry 3 Essential Digital Skills.

 Unique to Ascentis, this programme is a collection of regulated units, meaning you can draw funding whilst filling skill gaps and providing your learners with the proficiency to progress onto Essential Digital Skills.

 A benefit of this programme is that it can be contextualised to your learners’ needs and situations.

 To find out more about this programme, please click here to contact us.

 Watch this space for more tailored programmes to fill skill gaps and exciting ESOL developments coming soon.

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“We are very pleased that we made the move to Ascentis for all our ESOL exams. The exams are appropriate for our learners, and lecturers find the marking manageable. As an organisation, Ascentis is a pleasure to work with. Our queries are always dealt with quickly and we are extremely well supported by our verifier.”

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“We have thoroughly enjoyed our first year with Ascentis. There has been support of a high quality throughout the academic year. Support has been provided through a variety of roles including the quality managers, lead EQA’s and subject moderators.”

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“We have been delighted with the impact Ascentis Extended Awards in Mathematical Skills (Stepping Stones) have had on our student’s progression towards their functional skills mathematics as well as preparing them for the completion of their GCSE. It has taught them the essential skills in mathematics which enabled them to deal with the practical problems and challenges of life – at home, in education and at work. These skills are valued by employers and further education, and are a platform on which to build other employability skills. We are also very impressed with the level of service and commitment shown by the staff of Ascentis, they are always available to help whenever help is needed.”

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“The transparency and support of Ascentis has been refreshing. Our moderation process has been a pleasure and developmental feedback has always been welcomed.”

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