The English UK response to the Tier 4 consultation can be accessed from here.
Relevant links:

Action for ESOL:

‘Action for ESOL’ on the ESOL-Research email list:

‘Action for ESOL’ on Twitter: @actionforESOL

Action for ESOL’ Facebook Group:

MAC Report - produced by the Migration Advisory Committee, who are sponsored by the UK Boarder Agency:

NATECLA website:

UCU website:

Article in The Guardian (18 January)

Article in the FE  Focus of the TES (21 January)
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QuiTE ELT ‘Steering Group’ Meeting
28th February 2011


The focus of this year's meeting was:
Overseas students: issues of qualifications and visas. Implications for the TESOL profession
Link to the UK Border Agency Consultation page - The student immigration system
Tier 4 consultation
The Times Higher Education online 18.02.11 (includes link to recent report)
Quality in TESOL Education
Many thanks to all who attended the QUITE Steering Group Meeting at the British Council on Monday 28th February.

The following Points for Action were agreed at the Steering Group meeting:

1) That QuiTE was in full support of the ‘Action for ESOL’ campaign.

2) That QuiTE was in favour of its logo being added to any documents produced in relation to the campaign. The University College Union would be contacted with regard to this.

3) That individual members of QuiTE should sign the online ‘Action for ESOL’ petition:
http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41552.html

4) That QuITE members should circulate information about ‘Action for ESOL’ within our respective professional networks, and encourage colleagues to support the campaign through various events such as the national Day of Action on Thursday 24th March and various media, including Twitter and Facebook (see relevant links, below).

5) That a QuITE Committee member should be invited to represent QuITE at the Parliamentary Meeting on Tuesday 29th March 2011 (16:00 - 18:00).

6) That it might be useful to identify a high profile immigrant who could act as a spokesperson for the ‘Action for ESOL’ campaign. This would be somebody (e.g. a sportsperson, a performer) who has benefitted from ESOL training in the past and has gone on to make a valuable contribution to British society. It was noted that the Refugee Council website, for example, has case studies of successful refugees.

It is essential that all members of the TESOL profession unite to present a coherent voice against the misguided policy that threatens to limit the life chances of large numbers of English language learners in the UK.
QuiTE promotes quality in the training, education and development of teachers of English to speakers of other languages.