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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Become an ESB centre

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

“Character and resilience” as important as GCSEs for young people says Damian Hinds

The Education Secretary addressed the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership conference in London this morning to stress the importance of instilling confidence and character in every child. Hinds declared that he wishes to “call time” on the phrase “public-school confidence”, arguing that such confidence should not be reserved for privately educated children only.…

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We’d love your feedback

ESB is committed to making our new website as user friendly as possible and keeping it up-to-date with great and relevant content. The survey below is your opportunity to tell us how satisfied you are with your experience with the new site and ESB will take all responses very seriously. This survey will only take…

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Celebrating success! 2018 Young Speakers of the Year

English Speaking Board (International) Ltd. held its annual Young Speakers of the Year Showcase on Saturday, 17th November. Winners travelled from around the country to Liverpool to attend the celebration and receive their awards. Out of 14,000 learners who took ESB Speech assessments in 2017-18, twelve were selected as winners in recognition of their outstanding…

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Promoting oracy in China

Shanghai Concord Bilingual School has announced plans to run ESB assessments as part of its 2018-2019 curriculum. The school is a partner school of Concord College in Shropshire, which has been a supporter of ESB for many years. Shanghai Concord (SCBS) opened in September 2017, within the Huangpu District of Shanghai, a prime location in…

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We’re upgrading our Speech qualifications

English Speaking Board (International) Ltd. is delighted to announce the rebranding of our portfolio of Graded Examinations in Speech qualifications in September 2018. As part of this rebranding project, we will be simplifying the qualification titles of our Graded Examinations in Speech, so that they are more relevant and straightforward for teachers, parents and learners. In particular, we will be removing the ‘Junior’ and ‘Senior’ labels from our qualification titles.

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