ESOL AND CITIZENSHIP CODE OF GOOD PRACTICE
Bradford and District Learning Partnership 2008
This Code of Good Practice in delivering ESOL and Citizenship courses has been written by
members of a subgroup of the Bradford and District Learning Partnership. It was developed in
response to widespread concern about different practices and offers to learners across the
Bradford district and aims to offer guidance to local ESOL providers who deliver ESOL and
Citizenship courses from September 2008.
“All would-be citizens whose English is considered to be at or above Entry level 3 need to do
the Life in the UK test. Passing the test will mean the candidate is deemed to have also met the
language requirements for naturalisation and no other proof of language proficiency is required.
All would-be citizens whose English is considered to be below Entry level 3 must take a Skills
for Life qualification at the appropriate Entry level for them in speaking and listening. They
should have studied for this qualification in an ESOL class using a citizenship context .” (NIACE
ESOL and Citizenship FAQs February 2007)
Learners who have been assessed at below Entry level 3 must take a QCA recognised ESOL
Skills for Life speaking and listening qualification at the appropriate Entry level.
Applicants for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) will follow the same procedure as those applying
for naturalisation; the same course procedures and certification apply for both.
ESOL and Citizenship Course Content
Citizenship can be embedded into a standard ‘Skills for Life’ programme; it does not have to be
a single stand alone course, although it could be. Delivery should be “contextualised to meet
learner‟s interests and needs”. (LSC)
The Citizenship component of the course will last for a minimum of 20 guided learning hours
and this will be clearly recorded by the provider. The “overall ESOL course needs to be long
enough for (learners) to achieve their Skills for Life qualification”. (NIACE FAQ)
Providers are committed to using the letter, supporting materials and materials devised from
those developed by NIACE and LLU+.
A register of attendance signed by the course tutor should be retained by the provider.
Applicants should be informed and understand at the start of the course that:
Legislation may change and the provider cannot guarantee a certificate.
They may not make the necessary progress for an application, regardless of whether
any money has been paid for fees.
They must attend the course.
At enrolment providers should take and retain copies of relevant identification documents, i.e.
The learner should produce their passport as proof of ID when they collect their supporting
Providers should verify the learner’s ID at the time of assessment.
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All learners must have a speaking and listening initial assessment.
If a learner’s speaking and listening is assessed at an ‘emerging’ entry level at their initial
assessment and they subsequently achieve that level, then their achievement is acceptable.
However, if they are initially assessed as ‘established’ at one entry level then they will be
required to take and pass the next level up.
Letters should be signed by designated individuals within each provider organisation who will
give an authorised signature on behalf of the provider organisation together with the
Except in exceptional circumstances letters should be handed to the individual learner only.
Providers should print applicants’ names on the letters.
The provider’s supporting letter, which applicants submit to the Home Office, should not be
issued retrospectively, i.e. it should not be signed for an ex-student who completed a general
ESOL course which did not embed the specialist ESOL and citizenship materials.
Providers should not fill in form „AN (January 08) Application for Naturalisation‟ on behalf of the
learner. Learners should be referred to an immigration agent or solicitor, or the applicant should
complete the form him or herself.
Exemptions should not be issued by provider organisations; applicants must be referred to their
References and Further information:
Home Office Boarder & Immigration Agency
NIACE ESOL and Citizenship FAQ February 2007
LSC Fact sheet 7 November 2005
This Code of Good Practice was written by ESOL practitioners with experience of delivering
ESOL and Citizenship courses from Bradford College, Shipley College and English
Management Direct, with input from Park Lane College Keighley and the WEA.
The Code has been endorsed by the Bradford and District Learning Partnership.
It is supported by the Minerva Centre, a Citizenship testing centre in Bradford, and by Horton
Housing Association who say, „After reading through the Code, on behalf of Horton Housing
Association, we would like to sign up as an educational provider who has an external
organisation deliver citizenship classes on our premises and we believe that a code such as this
is required to maintain integrity and quality standards.‟
If you would like further information or would like to add your support to the Code of Good
Practice please contact the Learning Partnership office: Bradford 01274 433016 or email:
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