hese recommendations are backed up by the Wonder Foundation’s recent report “Women Breaking the English Barrier”, which found that most vulnerable migrant and refugee women want to learn English and integrate, but many are unable to do so. English classes were too often inaccessible due to cost, childcare or other familial responsibilities or lack of local provision, for example. To improve accessibility of English classes as the Casey Review suggests, our report showed that teaching in empowering, friendly community spaces and offering women-only classes were essential accommodate the most vulnerable women, whose mental health and literacy challenges may otherwise prevent them from attending.
Like the Casey Review, our report also found that social mixing was key, as women who had tried to learn English were consistently unable to practice skills with native English speakers. Initiatives shared between different communities, such as those explored in Wonder Foundation’s EU-backed “A Refugee Like Me” project, are critical ways to start to address this.