WFESOL meeting  24 April 2019
Waltham Forest College, 4pm
Car parking is available 
Getting to Waltham Forest College
Meet the newly appointed Single Point of Contact (SPoC) manager and possibly members of the new team dependant on Recruitment, and discuss ESOL within the framework of the Connecting Communities project.
We look forward to further information and discussion about potential Connecting Communities job opportunities and the Connecting Communities Employment innovations.

Provisional Agenda
1.       Welcome and introductions

2.       Minutes of last meeting, Matters arising

3.       WMAG Trustees decision

4.       Election of officers, including: Chaír, Sec, Minutes Sec etc

5.       Update from council about SPoC and the Connecting Communities project

6.       Update on Syrian refugees project

7.       Reports

8.       Next meeting venue and date

9.       AOB

For more information, please email Rod Holmes at

Wednesday 30th January minutes

Agenda 30th January:

  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Minutes of December meeting
  3. Matters arising
  4. Election of committee
  5. Update on WFESOL Terms of Reference
  6. Update on Single Point of Contact
  7. WFESOL response to Rehan’s  Connecting Communities proposals at  Decembers meeting
  8. AOB

Notes from 4th December meeting:

·         Chris talked about how far they had got with ‘SPoC’ – the aim of which is to fill up teaching space and reduce waiting times.  A Steering Group and ToR will need to be established.  The SPoC team will consist of 5:  a full time manager, adviser and part time data and marketing officer.  Staff will be seconded to Council for 15mths.  They will be managed by the new Communities Directorate.  Aim is to officially launch the programme in April 2019.  Steering group will meet once a month.  Membership needs to strike the right balance between all the providers offering ESOL in the borough – big and small.  Council keen to capacity build smaller providers.

·         Rehan talked in greater details about the three strands of Connecting Communities ie embedding integration’ new offer for new arrivals, family to family peer support, opportunities for vulnerable adults.  New posts will be advertised in Jobs Go Public in January.

·          Shared information:  22nd Jan, main testing for ESOL courses at WF College.  For WFALS – week beginning 11 Feb ESOL interviews at Queens Road and The Junction

Draft agenda: WFESOL meeting, 4 December 2018

  1. Welcome and intros:
  2. Apologies:
  3. Minutes of the October meeting:
  4. Matters arising:
  5. Correspondence:
  6. WFESOL committee:
  7. Update on the website:
  8. Speakers: Christopher Newport from WF Council, Khadijah Amani (MHCLG) and Rehan Haidar (MHCLG) will lead the discussion on plans for implementing the Single Point of Contact (SPoC) for ESOL provision across Waltham Forest.
  9. Reports: Naffy (ELATT) to discuss the VIME project about Volunteers in Migrant Language Education.
  10. Standing items:
  11. Next meeting: dates for 2019 – proposals
  12. AOB:

Minutes of 16th October meeting:

      • A WFESOL meeting was held on 16 October 2018 at The Junction, Leytonstone, to receive an update of the government’s proposed Single Point of Contact (SPoC) for ESOL provision in Waltham Forest.
      • The meeting was attended by WFESOL members representing Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service,Waltham Forest College, ELATT (East London Advanced Technology Training) and WMAG.
      • Khadijah Amani, (English Language Advisor, MHCLG),  Rehan Haidar (MHCLG) and Christopher Newport,(LBWF) provided an update followed by discussion and q&a on the Government’s Single Point of Contact (SPoC) for ESOL provision across Waltham Forest, tailored to the needs of the borough which the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) have identified as a priority.
      • The meeting agreed that the WFESOL website domain name be registered to and paid for by WMAG.
  • Next WFESOL meeting: It was agreed to hold the next WFESOL meeting on Tuesday 4 December 2018 at Waltham Forest College, tbc.

Provisional agenda for 16th October meeting:

  • Introductions
  • Minutes and actions
  • Christopher Newport (LBWF) to provide an update on the Government’s  Single Point of Contact  for ESOL provision across Waltham Forest
  • Discussion about recruitment across borough and any January classes starting
  • AOB

Agenda  18th April:

    • Introductions
    • Minutes and actions
    • Funding ideas for enabling access to ESOL support for all WF residents.
      • What funding is available?
      • How do WFESOL partners apply for funding?
      • Is  subcontracting an option?
      • Discuss WFESOL’s response to the  Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper
      • Next steps?
    • Syrian refugee resettlement in Waltham Forest update so far
      • What are the ESOL needs of the refugees?
      • What practical support do they need that we can involve our students in?
    • RISE Update
    • Committee matters
    • Other standing items

Minutes of the meeting 17 January 2018

Agenda 17 January 2018

  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of the December 2017 meeting
  4. Matters arising
  5. WFESOL aims and Meeting structure
  6. Speakers 
    = What are the boroughs ESOL providers planning to offer in 2018-19?
    = Are there known gaps in the offer, based on current waiting lists?
    = How long are waiting lists – typically, who has to wait, are any prioritised?
    = Are any courses free? If paid, what are the charges?
    = Are there any ESOL+vocational courses planned?
    = What provision for higher level such as IELTS?
  7. Standing items
         = WFESOL website
    = Funding opportunities
    = Waltham Forest Ward Community grants
    = Events
  8. Reports
  9. Next meeting dates for 2018
  10. AOB

WFESOL Meeting minutes 4 Dec 2017

Agenda – 4th December 2017
WFALS, 97 Queens Road, E17 8QR

  1. Introductions
  2. Minutes of previous meeting
  3. Update on the website
  4. Syrian Refugee Meeting Update
  5. Tell MAMA Speaker
  6. Clarification on the £1m ‘cohesion funding’
  7. Meeting dates for 2018 – proposals
  8. Announcements and AoB

Minutes of the meeting 18th September 2017

Agenda –18 September 2017
WFALS, Queens Road

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of the May meeting
  4. Matters arising
  5. Correspondence
  6. Speakers:
    ESOL providers in the borough to share their respective programmes.
    Lydia (Faith Matters) – hate crime
    Syrian refugees, one volunteer to join a small group to plan WF response
  7. Reports
  8. Standing items
  9. Next meeting
  10. AOB