17 Apr 2020
Call for ESOL exams to be replaced by teacher assessment this year
The National Association for Teaching English and Community Languages to Adults (NATECLA) is calling for ESOL exams to be replaced by teacher assessment this year.
Having consulted members for their views, NATECLA has called on Ofqual and the Department for Education to allow all ESOL learners to be assessed by their teachers instead of having to adapt quickly to online assessment, which it says would disadvantage those with no access to computers or the internet, and those with poor reading and technology skills.
NATECLA has also asked for learners to be allowed to continue learning during the summer term without needing to prepare for examinations, but focusing on the English they most need at this difficult time. They can then return to their qualification programmes once face-to-face learning resumes.