Extension of remote assessments for UK Speech and Language qualifications until the end of term

Communications to centres: Ofqual’s Extended Extraordinary Regulatory Framework (Update 2)

English Speaking Board (International) Ltd. is fully committed to supporting centres and learners, and following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a month-long lockdown in England from 5th November 2020, we will be offering remote Speech and ESOL Skills for Life assessments using video conferencing, instead of face-to-face assessments.

From the 2nd November until 2nd December 2020, ESB International assessments will take place remotely, using the video-conferencing facility that your centre habitually uses and that your learners are used to. We have already offered this adaptation in the summer, and the learners, assessors and teachers found it to be valid, reliable and a very positive experience. The assessor conducts and assesses the learners’ assessment in real-time and the assessment has the same content and procedure as face-to-face assessments.

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

If centre staff have any questions about these guidance documents or delivering adapted assessments, please email product@esbuk.org.

We thank you for your continued support and we very much looking forward to working with you in 2020 and 2021.



Tina Renshaw
Chief Executive
English Speaking Board (International) Ltd.