Update regarding ESB assessments, reopening of centres and Ofqual and DfE consultation

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 centres 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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I am delighted to have everything completed and that the process enabled the learners to pass. I want to personally thank the team for all their kind advice and support. This has been a very difficult time for everyone, I have a large number of learners to manage, but you made life so much easier for me. The very quick turnaround time for confirmation was fantastic and I look forward to working with you all in the next academic year.

Cathy Brannigan (Centre Manager Disability Services at Belfast Met) was delighted to be the first centre to get their confirmed results from ESB under Ofqual's Extraordinary Regulatory Framework.

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