English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) information

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programmes teach English to people whose first language is not English, but who live in an English-speaking country and require English to communicate in daily life.

Level of complianceMain audienceOther


  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • Educators, Teachers and Kaiako
  • ESOL Staff
  • Learning Support Coordinators and SENCOs
  • RTLB
  • Boards
  • Parents, Caregivers and Whānau

This directory provides schools and teachers with resources that support working with ESOL students. While they are not mandatory, the tools, resources, and information support positive teaching and learning outcomes for both ESOL students and educators.


Information, criteria and resources on the funding that helps schools to offer extra English language learning for migrant and refugee students. 

Professional development

Information and resources that help develop and support your school’s ESOL teacher(s) and teacher-aide(s) are available. 


Information and resources to help teachers and schools support English Language Learners – ESOL Students, are available. 

Online ESOL support

We have an online ESOL programme available to intermediate and secondary schools that helps students who are new learners of the English language.

Bilingual Assessment Service

If a student has been in the school system for two terms, with extra support through ESOL funding and still does not progress, you may be able to apply for the Bilingual Assessment Service (BAS).

Refugee background students

See information and resources that can help your school to support students from a refugee background.

ESOL news

Quarterly newsletters regarding ESOL are available.

Last reviewed: Has this been useful? Give us your feedback