Institute of Education


Launch event: Post-16 education and training outcomes for young people who use EAL

19 October 2021, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm

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This online event will launch new research from UCL Institute of Education on post-16 education and training outcomes for young people who use English as an Additional Language (EAL). Funded by the Bell Foundation.

This event is free.

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Olga Cara

The guest speaker at this launch is Professor Li Wei, Director and Dean of UCL Institute of Education. Professor Wei will talk about the importance of equal access to education, and how language education can support young people who speak English as an additional language to achieve their desired education and employment outcomes.

Dr Olga Cara will present the key findings from this new quantitative analysis of Next Steps data, in relation to education and employment outcomes of young people who speak languages other than English. There will be a chance to ask questions and for discussion on the potential policy implications of this research.

Dr Hutchinson will also talk about the literature review on young people, education, employment and ESOL, which preceded the quantitative analysis and provides context to this research.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in ESOL, EAL and bilingualism.

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About the Speakers

Professor Li Wei

Director and Dean at UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

Professor Wei holds a Chair in Applied Linguistics and is a Fellow of the British Academy, Academia Europaea, Academy of Social Sciences UK, and Royal Society of Arts.

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Dr Olga Cara

Senior Researcher and Lecturer in Sociology of Education at UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

Olga has mixed methods and quantitative methodology expertise and research interests in the relationship between ethnicity, language, and education as well as parental engagement. Olga has more than 15 years of experience in investigating EAL and ESOL related issues involving primary data as well as secondary analysis of large administrative datasets.

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Dr Vera Hutchinson

at UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

Vera has over 20 years’ experience of the Further, Adult, Vocational and Voluntary Education sector as a manager, teacher, teacher educator and researcher. She currently teaches on the Post-Compulsory PGCE in ESOL & Literacy at the IOE and until recently was a programme leader for the Masters in Adult Literacy, Language and Numeracy.

She has also acted as the London Regional Lead for English at the Education and Training Foundation and was involved in various NRDC projects looking at ESOL provision.

Vera had a lead training role for the national GCSE English Enhancement Programme.