Welcome to the BEGIN (Basic Educational Guidance in Nottinghamshire) website.  BEGIN offers free, impartial, advice for adults about 'Basic Skills': English, Maths, and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). We also support organisations who want up-to-date information on Basic Skills (also known as Functional Skills). begin is funded by Nottingham College and Nottingham City Council.  Site structure designed by Izabela Kielich

Coronavirus - COVID-19

We hope all BEGIN service users are keeping safe & well.  BEGIN is working from home & will do its best to check & reply to emails. The team also now have mobile phones. However, we are having some IT problems & at times staff may be on holiday.   So don’t worry if you do not get a quick reply to emails or phone messages.

If you want to make an ESOL, Maths or English enquiry, or have other enquiries, please feel free to contact us at home:

NEW MOBILES from 13 July 2020!!! or email:

  • Jennifer     07903 827780 / jennifer.lloyd@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk 
  • Angella      07507 113795 / angella.reid@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk
  • Zineb         07580 527225 / zineb.siari@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk
  • Dominique   07970 373420 / dominique.allen@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk
  • Fiona            07912 070404 / fiona.vale@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk

OR Fill in an Enquiry Form on this website: 

  • ESOL  - here 
  • Functional Skills English or Maths - here

OR Email:         enquiries@begin.org.uk

Learners - if you have internet access – try English online!  Our ‘LATEST Useful Website’ sheet is in the Other Help section on this website – here .  We've attached it below as well so you don't miss it. Keep checking this.  Many teachers in the UK & other countries have sent lots more links we are adding to the list.

Our best wishes to all.  We look forward to working more closely with you again in the future.

16-18 years FULL Time ESOL video - watch it here & see Powerpoint information below: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/62c4e160-1d4a-4a48-85c1-3e1fd4de5c39

Services running during in the COVID-19 lockdown.  Many services are still running.  Use the internet to google & find out more.  The ones we have heard from include:

UK SETTLEMENT for EU Citizens or their non-EU family members - see information sheet below, or contact fiona.cameron@nottinghamlawcentre.org.uk / 07713 848996

Other help for migrant people - please keep checking the Other Help & Useful Websites sections on this website.  We are trying to add information to help people in these difficult times.  For example - https://migrantinfohub.org.uk/ offers advice about COVID-19 in 16 languages.