2.6.21: Update to UK centres regarding remote and face-to-face assessment for the rest of the academic year

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

Following on from Update 2 at the end of October and English Speaking Board (International) Ltd.’s decision to move all UK-based assessments to a remote, online delivery, ESB International has now taken the decision to extend this until the end of December, 2020.

At times like these, we understand that community is more important than ever and out of respect, we will not be sending any of our assessors to centres. ESB International assessments will continue to take place remotely, using the video conferencing facility that centres habitually use and one that your learners are used to.

We have already offered this adaptation in the summer and autumn, 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 for remote assessments, when assessments cannot be held in person with the assessor coming to the centre, are set out in the guidance documents below.

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

We are ready when centres return in the New Year to offer face to face assessments again or if there are local restrictions in place, to continue to offer adapted assessments. So again, you can be confident of continuing to prepare your learners for their assessments in the spring and summer terms.

Not only do our qualifications build learners’ confidence and boost progression and employability, they are built with our learners’ interests at heart, ensuring an enjoyable learning experience.

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