The wider context
Since 2009, government funding for English language support has been cut by 55%.
This means that waiting lists can be as long as three years*, dramatically increasing the time it takes a new arrival to settle in.
Women face additional barriers - from caregiving responsibilities, to cultural problems of mixed gender classes, barriers presented by their asylum claims and more...
Many women are therefore trapped in a cycle where poor English = low confidence = social isolation.
Empowerment Through Education: Women Breaking the English Barrier (Report) - The Wonder Foundation