Election Ideas from NATECLA

In the run up to the general election there are various things that you and your ESOL students can do to be actively involved:

Get yourself and your students involved 🙂

ESOL Scotland Website

Hi Everyone,

This is just to remind you that the ESOL Scotland website (esolscotland.com) will no longer be available after the end of June this year.

We have spent some time in moving some of the content of the site to a new platform on Glow.

ESOL Scotland will continue to exist through a Glow blog:


Please make sure this new address is bookmarked/added to your favourites.

Updates will be posted on the ESOL Scotland Glow blog site as content is moved.

There is also a survey to get people’s views on the most useful pages of the ESOL Scotland website. Comments and feedback will be taken into account as content is moved – or not moved.

The link to the survey is on the ESOL Scotland website, or you can access here:


Many Thanks!


School Education in Scotland: A guide for refugees- Arabic

Dear Contacts,

Please click on the following link to take you to the guide to education for refugee parents document, recently published on Education Scotland’s Parentzone website:


This document has been translated into Arabic by Scottish Borders Council.

Please also feel free to circulate to colleagues, partners and ESOL learners as appropriate.

Many thanks.

Opportunity to contribute to an educational resource on Equality and Diversity

Please see the attached information about the opportunity to be involved in developing learning materials.

This project is being led by Francesca Stella at University of Glasgow. Francesca gave an input at the last ESOL Strategy Implementation Group meeting and talked about the work they had done so far.

The Scottish ESOL Strategy aims to promote Equality and Diversity and recognises the potential contribution that can be made by ESOL providers who are working with ESOL learners coming from a wide variety of backgrounds.

If you are interested in being involved – no matter where you are in Scotland – please get in touch with the research team. Please see the message below from the team.

“We are a team of researchers from the University of Glasgow and would like to hear views and ideas from ESOL practitioner on how to develop an educational resource. If you are interested in equality and diversity in the classroom please consider taking part in a focus group. Please see the invitation attached for more details.”

Glasgow Uni Recruitment Poster

Come & Volunteer with NATECLA Scotland

Hello Everyone,
Please read the attached advert for positions on the NATECLA Scotland Branch Committee.

We’re looking to recruit some dynamic and passionate Committee Members to continue the work of our newly-revived Branch. Committee positions are to start as soon as possible,

Please get in touch if you’re interested,

Thanks and best wishes,
Pauline Blake-Johnston

NATECLA Scotland Branch Chair

Committee Position Advert   






ESOL within the Syrian Resettlement Scheme: Events


COSLA is hosting a series of free events across Scotland to share practice around delivering ESOL to adult resettled Syrians in Scotland.  These events are funded through the UK Government’s Syrian Resettlement Scheme.  These events will:

  • enable sharing of ideas about delivery of ESOL to adult resettled Syrians;
  • explore success factors and challenges;
  • explore key themes such as sensitivity to trauma, gender segregation, working in rural areas, literacy and strategic resource allocation; and
  • identify areas where further guidance and support would be useful.

The events will provide a useful opportunity to network and share ideas.  They will also inform the development of guidance on delivering ESOL to resettled Syrians.

The events are for everyone involved in planning and delivering ESOL, including those making decisions at strategic level and those delivering ESOL directly.  There will be a chance to speak with others in a similar position to you and facing similar issues, through themed sessions and discussions.

The events will be in:

Glasgow – 3 May, 1.30 to 4.30pm – Book here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ESOLGlasgow

Stirling – 15 May, 1.30 to 4.30pm – Book here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ESOLStirling

Aberdeen – 23 May, 1.30 – 4.30pm – Book here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ESOLAberdeen

It is essential that you book your space as we expect there to be a high level of interest in these sessions.

We hope that you are able to attend, to help build our understanding of what works and what further guidance would be useful.



Katy MacMillan



Research Scotland

2 Myrtle Park


G42 8UQ


T: 0141 424 5295

E: katy.macmillan@researchscotland.org

W: www.researchscotland.org