Welfare cuts and ESOL students

Action for ESOL is concerned about the impact of benefit sanctions and workfare on students in FE colleges. They’ve got together with Boycott Workfare for a day of workshops this Saturday to see how students and teachers can take action and defend our rights.

A free afternoon of workshops and discussion exploring the impact on ESOL students of welfare cuts, the expansion of benefit sanctions and workfare. Come along to share information and think about what we as teachers can do to support our students and show solidarity with them.

28th September, 1pm – 5pm, University of London Union, Malet Street, WC1E 7HY.

Nearest tubes: Russell Square, Goodge Street, Euston

Please emailactionforesol[at] to let us know you’re coming.

Outline of the Day

1.00 – 1.15 Registration, tea & coffee

1.15 – 1.45 Scene-setting: benefit cuts, sanctions, workfare and ESOL

1.45 – 3.00 Myth-busting and clarification on mandated activity and conditionality. Also – sharing information with the job centre: legal and ethical questions for teachers

3.00 – 3.15 Break

3.15 – 4.30 Supporting learners on Employment and Support Allowance. Sharing ideas for participatory lessons on benefits

4.30 – 5.00 Planning our next steps

Boycott Workfare is a UK-wide campaign to end forced unpaid work for people who receive social security. We take action against organisations profiting from workfare, encourage others to pledge to boycott it and actively inform people of their rights. |info[at]
t: @boycottworkfare | f: /boycottworkfare

Action for ESOL is an alliance of unions and migrant and refugee organisations. We campaign against cuts to ESOL and for free English language classes for all those who need them. |actionforesol[at]
t: @actionforesol | f: search action for esol


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