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Our branch aims to bring organisations working in the field of ESOL and community languages closer together. Our aim is to share news and good practice from the diverse work happening across the region.

Events & Training

Summer Term ESOL Forum Online
Date: Friday 25 June 2021
Time: 15:30-17:00
Add this date to your diary!

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NATECLA National Conference 2021 (online)
Friday 02 July 16:00-18.30 & Saturday 03 July 10:00-13.30 (registration at 09:45)

Cost of ticket:
NATECLA members £35pp, non-members £55pp

Our National Conference program includes:

Book your tickets here


Feel free to use this ever-growing bank of resources for ESOL practitioners and learners.

Online resources

Blogs, Books & Coursebooks

Updated & translated
Covid related advice for ESOL learners

Covid advice videos to share with your learners as lockdown eases
Government information video in English
Recommended video (play sound down maybe – very visual) 

News, Updates & Blog

ESOL Learners and
Functional Skills
a report by the Education and Training Foundation
In December 2020 the ETF commissioned NATECLA to report on ESOL learners on functional skills programmes and their needs.

The report provides a wealth of detail, with three stand-out findings:
1. More than a quarter of providers reported that their FS courses have over 60% ESOL learners.
2. There is a major concern that FS does not meet the needs of ESOL learners.
3. FS teachers do not necessarily have the skills needed to teach ESOL learners.

ESOL 16-19 Teaching Vacancy at City College Norwich (closing date 11 May 2021). See vacancy

Annual Regional Conference 2021 – Highlights in pictures

This year Natecla Midlands joined up with Natecla East of England to host their regional online conference. Special thanks to our:

Keynote speaker, Dr Philida Schellekens, Head of English and ESOL at the Education and Training Foundation (ETF);
Our workshop leaders – Olena Kirkup, Liz Hulford-Wood, Suzie, Wall, Carol Samlal, Caroline Large and Neena Chauhan;
Quiz master – Jeni Prettyman for running the Brain Scramble quiz;
Andrene Miller for the pictures:
Committee & Natecla’s best – Lisa Thompson and Fatima Bibi for their amazing administrative support, Rachel Oner and Christine Tudor-Jones (East of England and Midlands branch chairs respectively), and our wonderful committee members who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this event the success that it was!

And most importantly, all of you who came along and particpated – these events are for really for you (and us, as we are all professionals in the same field); this conference would not be possible without your support and presence! Thank you!

The East of England and Midlands Regional Conference
19 March 2021

  • Image of keynote speaker
  • Ruth Hayman Trust Report slide
  • In the lobby with the committee
  • Conference Attendees
  • Teaching mixed levels online - Olena Kirkup
  • Teaching mixed levels online - Olena Kirkup
  • Workshop B
  • Workshop B slide - Liz Hulford
  • Workshop C slide
  • Workshop C
  • Workshop C slides
  • Workshop D
  • Workshop E
  • Workshop E attendees
  • Workshop E
  • Workshop F
  • Workshop F
  • Workshop F attendees
  • Workshop F attendees
  • Conference attendees
  • slide of quiz
  • kahoot quiz slide
  • Conference attendees
  • Image of presentation slide

Annual Regional Conference 2020

The annual regional conference took place  at Colchester Institute on Friday 13th March 2020.  For full conference photos and presentations, please see the conference Padlet here.

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Contact us

Join the NATECLA EoE community

Why join? Being part of a dedicated network helps you directly.

As a member you can:
– Access low cost, high quality training events.
– Join the campaign to protect ESOL (especially in these times).
– Be a part of sharing information and good practice.

Membership & How to join

About Us

The purpose is to have a NATECLA presence in the East of England again, to share the news and good practice from the diverse work spread across the 6 counties of the East.

Our team of dedicated committee members coordinate annual conferences, training and regular networking events.

If you would like to become involved in the branch activities in anyway, we would love to hear from you.

Find out more about the committee.

View our previous East of England conferences.

First Annual Conference – East of England 15th March 2019

The first annual conference of the East of England branch of NATECLA took place on 15th March 2019 at Cambridge Regional College.

The successful event was attended by around 60 people who benefited from listening to speakers and attending workshops and a teach meet.

To see more information on this event, please click here:

The previous meeting took place on 15th June 2018 at West Suffolk College. Take a look at this here.

Also find out about our inaugural event here.

If you would like to be involved in our branch or attend one of our activities, then we would love to hear from you. You can also send us your stories to share across the region.

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