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Communications to centres: Assessment Update following recent England wide National Lockdown announcement (Update 1)

ESB International has been successfully carrying out a proportion of its assessments remotely using video conferencing technologies since September. We have been sharing these successful adapted assessment experiences with our centres via our website and social media so that centres could maintain their confidence in working towards and booking assessments, during the continuing uncertain environment.

As a result of the England wide national lockdown announced by the Prime Minister on January 4th, ESB International’s Speech and ESOL Skills for Life Speaking and Listening assessments will continue to take place remotely. We use the video conferencing facility that centres habitually use and that your learners are used to. We hope, therefore, it will not be necessary for centres to cancel any existing bookings they may already have in place which are due to take place shortly.

Detailed information about each qualification, how we are adapting it, and what centres and learners need to do to prepare for remote assessments are set out in the guidance documents below:-

If you have any questions about these guidance documents or delivering adapted assessments, please contact the Product Development team at

Any centre wanting to have ESOL Skills for Life Reading or Writing assessments during this lockdown period should please email

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