English Speaking Board (International) Ltd. offers high quality Speech and Language qualifications in the UK and internationally.

Our range of products promotes clear communication at all levels and recognises the potential of all learners.

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Who we are

Christabel Burniston, a true pioneer of oracy, founded ESB in 1953. Her vision was for individuals to learn to communicate clearly throughout life. Today, ESB continues to promote confident communication.

What we do

ESB produces relevant, high quality products which promote clear, effective communication in the UK and internationally. Our qualifications are regulated by Ofqual and are internationally recognised.

Why you can benefit

ESB takes a learner-focused approach to assessments. Our dedicated team works with teachers and takes care to ensure all learners feel valued throughout their ESB journey. Our assessments promote confidence, recognising and encouraging the potential of all.

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Register with us to book ESB assessments at your centre.

Become a registered ESB centre to begin delivering assessments to suit your centre’s needs. Our simple and stress-free process frees up your time to focus on the needs of your centre. To get started, browse our range of products to find a qualification to match your learners’ needs.

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From the excellent training provided to teaching staff, to the ongoing support from the Customer Experience team, ESB maintains a personal touch which I really appreciate. I find the support offered second to none.

Kirsty Barlow, ESB Organiser, Mary Ward Adult Education Centre

Latest News

Raising the ‘Baa’ in Omagh

Nathan Wilson brought a fantastic visual aid into Omagh High School for his ESB assessment – an adorable young lamb. For his Level 1 Award in Speech, Nathan gave a lively presentation on ‘Sheep Farming’ before going onto recite William Blake’s ‘The Lamb’ from memory. His ESB Assessor, Ian Patterson was taken by surprise when…

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ESB learner makes waves in Special Olympics

Emma Carlisle swam her way to victory by winning Ireland’s first medal in the 2019 Special Olympics. As part of her ‘Oral Communication in the Community’ qualification, Emma delivered a superb presentation to ESB Assessor, Joan Blackham, on her swimming training schedule in preparation for the big event, this year held in Abu Dhabi. Joan had…

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Royal recognition for Merriel Halsall-Williams’ Cranmer Awards

ESB Trustee and Vice President, Merriel Halsall-Williams brushed shoulders with royalty when the Prince of Wales visited Lambeth Palace to present the Prayer Book Society’s Cranmer Awards. Merriel founded the annual competition for the Prayer Book Society in 1989 to introduce young people to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, and to experience the magnitude…

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ESB has updated its Malpractice and Maladministration Policy

English Speaking Board (International) Ltd. has updated its Malpractice and Maladministration Policy as part of its review process to ensure all procedures and practices continue to meet the required legislative and regulatory compliance. ESB is committed to taking all reasonable steps to present the occurrence of any malpractice or maladministration in the development, delivery and…

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Czech learners find their voice in first ESB assessment

English Speaking Board (International)’s centres come in all shapes and sizes, from all over the world, but it’s not often we find ESB assessments taking place underneath a castle. Park Lane International School in Prague is unique as it stands tucked away beneath the walls of the city’s breathtaking castle, close to the historic Old…

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