Welcome to the BEGIN website (for Basic Educational Guidance in Nottinghamshire).  BEGIN offers free, impartial advice for adults aged 16 + years about:
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Functionals Skills English & Maths
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. The BEGIN team are working at home.  Please feel free to contact us for ESOL, Maths or English enquiries, or for any other enquiries:

  • 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 & also attached below.

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

Many services running during in the COVID-19 lockdown.  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.  For example - https://migrantinfohub.org.uk/ offers advice about COVID-19 in 16 languages.

Ready, steady, census - The decennial census is almost upon us. Households across Nottingham  will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941. Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes. Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online. Paper questionnaires will be available on request. Census day is March 21.For more information, visit census.gov.uk.