AO of the year


Funding Information

The Department for Education (DfE) has recently carried out an exercise to streamline the number of qualifications available for government funding.  This is to confirm that, from 1st August 2022, the following English Speaking Board (International) Ltd (ESB International) qualifications will no longer be available for government funding: ESB Entry Level Award in Introducing Oral…

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ESOL Skills for Life SEND Speech

Easier to use ESB Speech Specifications

ESB has taken steps to improve its Speech Specifications for 2022 in response to listening to new centres and the information they find helpful. The speech specifications which have been refreshed include Pre-entry to Level 3 (Grade 8) assessments. The improvements include: A new page detailing the benefits of improving learners’ oracy skills, the benefits…

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Learning Oracy Speech

Happy National Poetry Day

It’s National Poetry Day and what better way to celebrate than looking back at some of our wonderful learners’ renditions. Poetry is one key component in many of our Graded Examinations in Speech assessments for learners in Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 5. Encouraging learners to enjoy this use of creative language helps…

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Oracy SEND Social Mobility Speech