Post-Conference Day

Hi All,

HUGE thanks for joining NATECLA Scotland last Saturday for our inaugural Conference Day in Dundee.

It was a fantastic day with a fantastic atmosphere and we’ve had lots of really positive feedback.

Thanks also for your tremendous support of the Ruth Hayman Trist, we raised a phenomenal £220 – brilliant!

Here are the words some of you very kindly left behind:


Isn’t that great?!

Plus, here is a fantastic picture of the current Co-Chair of NATECLA (far right), Jenny Roden, our keynote speaker Rachael Roberts, Ann Morgan-Thomas (third from right) and Jill Murray (far left) Committee Members of NATECLA Scotland in it’s last formation, Joan Weir (second from left) Committee Member of NATECLA Scotland in it’s first formation and Shelia Rosenberg (third from left), the Ruth Hayman Trust and founding member of NATECLA.

Phew! what a line up!


Plus, here’s a link to some of our photo’s from the day: NATECLA Scotland Photo Album

We’re starting to send out attendance certificates and links to our presenters slides, please get in touch if you don’t receive them in the next week.

Please also stay in touch with your stories about the day itself and your experiences, as well as letting us know what topics/subject areas/areas of specialism you would like us to organise for future get together’s,

Best Wishes from all the NATECLA Scotland Committee

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Monthly NATECLA Update

HI All,

Please see below some updates from the National NATECLA Centre:

Towards an ESOL strategy for England: 1 year on report launch at Westminster

A progress report on what has been achieved in the 12 months since the publication date of the original draft strategy was presented by NATECLA’s co-chair, Jenny Roden at Westminster on 11th October. The event was chaired by Heidi Alexander MP and a number of key ESOL stakeholders delivered progress reports or provided their view on why England needs a strategy for ESOL.

You may be interested in the following information to support the campaign:

Book NATECLA for your next staff development day

We can provide tailored training delivered directly to your institution by one of our highly rated trainers. This service is provided for both members and non-members and sessions start from only £250 for a 90 minute session.

Consider booking NATECLA for your next staff development day.

Chairs’ report

 ESOL Strategy for EnglandTowards an ESOL Strategy for England: How far have we got one year on?

The highlight of the month was, of course, the successful interim meeting of the strategy initiative ‘Towards an ESOL Strategy for England- How far have we got, one year on’. The invitation-only Westminster event was attended by delegates from as far afield as Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham and Scotland. Several MPs also attended and Gordon Marston, Shadow Skills Minister, spoke in the second half.

We owe a great debt of thanks to Pauline Blake-Johnson, chair of NATECLA Scotland, for coming down to tell us about the benefits of having a strategy (and about how amazed her colleagues were when they heard that England didn’t have one!). Also, thanks to those of you who lobbied your MP to attend. Please continue to lobby for them to support the strategy initiative and don’t forget there are materials you can use with your students on our website. 

The materials, interim report and full details of the event can be found on our website..

Media coverage for ESOL

In addition, we were delighted with 4 pages of ESOL coverage in the Times Educational Supplement (6th October), featuring both the strategy initiative and the Refugee Action Jo Cox Loneliness Campaign.

ESOL learners in prison: Reading books

NATECLA has just completed the first stage of a project with the Reading Agency on reading books for ESOL learners in prison. You can access the booklist here and blog here. We are interested in how we can support ESOL practitioners working in prisons, for example by offering CPD workshops at our regional events. If have any suggestions, or would like to be involved, please contact us at

Other events and training opportunities

Special interest meetings in EAL: NALDIC RIGs

NALDIC – the membership body for EAL teachers in schools has a packed programme of special interest meetings in November:

  • Oxfordshire – November 7th at St. Barnabas’ Primary School, Oxford;
  • Yorkshire and Humber – 9th November at Hovingham Primary School, Leeds;
  • Yorkshire and Humber – 16th November at Havelock Academy, Grimsby;
  • North East – 23rd November at the Langdale Centre, Howden;
  • Berkshire and Hampshire  – 23rd November at Reading University
  • South Wales – 27th November at Adamsdown Primary School, Cardiff

All meetings are free to attend for non-NALDIC members and you can find out more on the NALDIC website 

Refugee spotlight month

Refugee Action have developed a new video for the Loneliness Commission spotlight month on refugees and asylum seekers. It shows an incredible woman, Amal, who talks about her experience of setting up a Sudanese refugee and women’s group who come together to practice their English and share their experiences. The video also shows one of the women’s members, Riham, explaining how lonely she felt first arriving in the UK at just 18 without speaking the language, being unable to make friends and continue her education.
View the video on YouTube

Teaching resources:

New NATECLA websiteThe new teaching resources section on our website, sponsored by Ascentis, is already proving popular and was one of the most viewed pages on our site in September. We have worked with members and other ESOL practitioners at our training events over the last few years to compile this invaluable section of must-know resources for English language teachers.

Do not leave home without them!

Reduced cost IATEFL membership for our members
As NATECLA are official reciprocal partners of IATEFL, our members are entitled to their basic membership package for only £21 a year (normal cost is £57). This entitles you to benefits including:

  • Discounted rates for the annual IATEFL Conference, ELT Exhibition and Jobs Fair as well as a range of smaller events throughout the year
  • Access to dozens of scholarship opportunities to attend, present or report on the conference and other events
  • Join one or more of 16 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) covering all areas of English Language Teaching, each with its own publications and events
  • Bi-monthly magazine with articles, reviews and events, as well as monthly eBulletin and SIG newsletters
  • Discounts on leading ELT publications
  • Monthly webinars from leading ELT professionals, and access to our archive.

And more!

Download the IATEFL application form

NATECLA Scotland Conference Day

Hi All,

A small reminder about our fantastic up and coming Conference Day on 11th November in Dundee – recently named by the Wall Street Journal, as a ‘Hot Destination’ 🙂

NATECLA Scotland’s Conference Day

Saturday 11th November 2017, 10am – 3pm

Dundee & Angus College, Gardyne Campus

The NATECLA Scotland Branch are delighted to invite you to take part in its inaugural Conference Day on

Saturday 11th November 2017, 10am-3pm at the Gardyne Campus of Dundee & Angus College

Sponsored by Trinity SELT, join us for the first NATECLA Scotland event since the Branch has been revived, and the first of our workshop series.


We are delighted to announce that Jenny Roden (NATECLA Co-Chair) will open the Conference Day for us, and fresh from the national NATECLA Conference, we have Rachael Roberts as our keynote speaker ( delivering her terrific ‘Guilty Secrets of the ELT Classroom’ presentation – not to be missed!

We have four fantastic workshops on offer, please pick one to attend in the morning and one in the afternoon.


Preparation for Literacy – Jill Murray, Depute Principal Verifier SQA ESOL

Supporting Volunteers to Adapt Materials – Helena Porrelli & Kristen Fraley, Development Workers, Glasgow ESOL Forum

1.15pm – 2.15pm

CALL* to action (Taking a technology-enhanced approach to ESOL)Kenji Lamb, Digital Advisor, College Development Network

Pronunciation Pick & Mix – Amanda Avison, Lecturer, Dundee & Angus College

Rates for the Conference Day are:

£25 for non-NATECLA members, £15 for members. If your department has Institutional Membership, then you can have 5 delegates attend our day for the member rate. The day rate includes a light lunch and refreshments.

Please book your place now at: NATECLA Scotland Conference Booking

Any questions, please contact Pauline Blake-Johnston, NATECLA Scotland Branch Chair on

Please feel free to share around your colleagues and networks – many thanks.

NATECLA National Conference 2018

Hi All,

NATECLA have just secured their exciting new venue for 2018’s National Conference; Conference Aston close to Birmingham city centre. As a result, we are currently inviting applications from workshop leaders with an interest in ESOL and English Language Teaching to deliver relevant sessions:

  • DATE: Friday 6 to Saturday 7 July 2018
  • VENUE: Conference Aston, Birmingham B4 7ET
  • DEADLINE for submissions: Sunday 12 November 2017

Workshop themes

We encourage applications from workshop leaders with an interest in ESOL and English Language Teaching. Your workshop should appeal to ESOL AND ELT teachers, managers and other related professionals practising in the UK. We welcome proposals on topics including:

  • Practical teaching skills
  • Using ICT in the ESOL / ELT classroom
  • ESOL assessment
  • 14-19 ESOL learning
  • Pre-entry learning
  • Accreditation
  • ESOL / ELT research

Find out more and submit your proposal




Research Query

Hi Everyone,

Please see the message below from Ruth McKenna who is a researcher for British Red Cross Refugee Support. If you think you can contribute to this research, please contact Ruth directly.

My name is Ruth McKenna and I am a researcher at British Red Cross Refugee Support. I am currently working with the Destitute Asylum Seeker Service to carry out a research project, which explores the extent to which Appeal Rights Exhausted (ARE), destitute asylum-seekers, can access their rights and entitlements in Scotland. As part of this research, I would like to find out more about asylum seekers’ experiences of accessing education. I would like to explore this from the perspective of both education providers and people in the asylum system. If you have experience of working in this area and would be willing to take part in a research interview, I would be grateful if you could contact me on 01413314170 or . Thanks!