Update regarding ESB assessments for ESOL Skills for Life and Speech Qualifications

External Funding

Introduction

Did you know that a lot of our qualifications are approved for funding by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) which is the government’s accountable body for funding education, apprenticeships and training for children, young people and adults in England? 

ESB already works with approved FE colleges, Independent Training Providers (ITPs), schools and academies who receive annual funding allocations from the ESFA whose vision is the same as ours; to support, develop and help fund world-class education and skills provision for every learner to reach their potential, regardless of their background.

Understanding the funding landscape in England can be a bit of a minefield, so we have provided some key information below that relates specifically to the types of funding available for ESB qualifications.

We highly recommend that you refer directly to government and ESFA websites for the most up-to-date information, as funding rules and information does change on a regular basis.

Click here to visit the The Learning Aims Database, also known as ‘The Hub’: The Hub provides information on the type of funding and how much funding is available, per learner for ESB qualification.

The Hub will allow you to set your search criteria. Use fields such as ‘Type of Learning’ and ‘Teaching year’ to refine your results.
Type ‘English Speaking Board’ into the Awarding Org code or name search filter.
After searching for ‘English Speaking Board’, click on the Qualifications tab to see all of our qualifications that are available for funding. To see our most up-to-date list, please see the table below.

Types of funding

14-16 years

Further education and sixth-form colleges are able to enrol and receive funding from the ESFA for students aged 14 to 16 years old. These students complete full-time study programmes that include technical qualifications alongside general qualifications, including English and mathematics, within the Key Stage 4 curriculum. Some requirements for 14-16 funding:

Some requirements for 14-16 funding:

  • Colleges must have have either an Ofsted Grade 1 (outstanding) or Grade 2 (good).
  • ESFA will only fund 14-16 students enrolled and recorded on the Individualised Learner Record (ILR) RO4 return submitted by one college before, or in December, for that academic year.
  • The amount of funding available is dictated by a complex formula, (found here) and the programme weighting for each ESB qualification can be found in The Hub. Contact your college funding team to find out how much funding you can draw down for our qualifications.

    16-19 years

    The ESFA funds schools, academies, colleges and independent learning providers who deliver Ofqual regulated qualifications to 16-19 year olds. They calculate funding using the 16 to 19 national funding formula, which is driven by student recruitment and includes factors including:

  • Student retention
  • Higher subject costs
  • Disadvantaged students
  • Area costs.
  • The 16-19 how it works page includes further information about each element within the 16 to 19 national funding formula. For more information on the funding rules for 16-19 year-olds, click on the following this link.

    Adult Education Budget (AEB) Funding

    The Adult Education Budget (AEB) funds learners aged 19+ in England for approved qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual.

    The ESFA manages the majority of these contracts, with the exception of devolved authorities, where funding is managed at a local level.

    The devolved areas include:

  • Greater London Authority (GLA)
  • Greater Manchester
  • Liverpool City Region
  • West Midlands
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Tees Valley
  • The ESFA provides further guidance on funding in developed areas here.

    Key funding information relating to AEB funding for ESOL qualifications:

  • The ESFA will fully fund individuals aged 19 and over on the day they start their ESOL qualification, where they are unemployed (defined within the guidance).
  • The ESFA will co-fund all other individuals aged 19 and over on the day they start their ESOL learning qualification (see guidance for co-funding information).
  • Where learners are employed, the low wage flexibility may apply, please refer to paragraphs 161 to 162 in the ESFA guidance document below.
  • The ESFA will fund ESOL learning up to and including level 2.
  • Providers offering ESOL qualifications may need to deliver additional learning to individual learners that incurs additional cost above the qualification rate. There may be additional funding available for this – click on the funding guidance link below to find out more.
  • On The Hub, 19+ AEB funding will be visible as ‘Adult Skills’
  • AEB Funding Rules

    ESFA Funding Approval Principles

    ESF Level 3 or 4 Funding

    The European Social Fund (ESF) is part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme for Englan. The Programme’s priorities are to increase labour market participation, promote social inclusion, and develop the skills of the potential and existing workforce.

    Colleges and training organisations that deliver higher level skills training through the ESF can ask us to include qualifications and/or their components in the European Social Fund (ESF) qualification offer. These qualifications and/or units must be in Ofqual’s Register of Regulated Qualifications, and must be at level 3 or level 4.

    For more information, please follow this link.

    For further information, please contact us.


    ESB International Qualifications Approved for Funding

    Last reviewed

    Qualification Name

    Qual No.

    Level

    Type

    14-16

    16-19

    Local flexibilities

    ESF Level 3/4

    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in Developing Oral Skills for Interview (Entry 2)50101365Entry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationFalseTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in Developing Oral Interview Skills (Entry 2)50101365Entry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationFalseTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in Communicating with Others (Entry 1) 50101407Entry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationFalseTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in Independent Communication Skills (Entry 1)50101420Entry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationFalseTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in First Steps in Communicating with Others (Entry 1)50101432Entry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationFalseTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in Developing Independent Communication Skills (Entry 1)50101869Entry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationFalseTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in Oral Communication in the Community (Entry 2)50101870Entry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationFalseTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in Oral Interview Skills (Entry 3)50101882Entry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationFalseTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award In Preparing for Performing Within a Team (Entry 2)60029687Entry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in Communicating with Drama (Entry 1)60035961Entry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in Communicating with Art (Entry 1)60036187Entry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in Communicating with Art (Entry 1)60036187Entry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in Communicating with Music (Entry 1)60036205Entry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in Reading to a Child (Entry 3)60081648Entry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationFalseTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in Inspiring Confidence in Employability (Entry 1)60151213Entry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationFalseTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Reading) (Entry 3)60154111Entry LevelEnglish For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Writing) (Entry 3)60154445Entry LevelEnglish For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 1)60154457Entry LevelEnglish For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 2)60154470Entry LevelEnglish For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Writing) (Entry 1)60154470Entry LevelEnglish For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Reading) (Entry 2) 60154718Entry LevelEnglish For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 3)60155371Entry LevelEnglish For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 2)60155401Entry LevelEnglish For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)60155413Entry LevelEnglish For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in Inspiring Confidence in Employability (Entry 2)60304005Entry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationFalseTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in Inspiring Confidence in Employability (Entry 3)60304777Entry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationFalseTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 3)6015407XEntry LevelEnglish For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Reading) (Entry 1)6015469XEntry LevelEnglish For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Writing) (Entry 2)6015472XEntry LevelEnglish For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in EAL for Young Learners (Entry 1)60183287Entry LevelEnglish For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueFalseFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in EAL for Young Learners (Entry 3)60183469Entry LevelEnglish For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueFalseFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in EAL for Young Learners (Entry 2)60183470Entry LevelEnglish For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueFalseFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in Introducing Oral Skills for Interviews (Entry 1)60184152Entry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationFalseFalseTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in Graded Examinations in Speech (Entry 1) (EAL-A1)60305538Entry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationTrueFalseFalseFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in Graded Examinations in Speech (Entry 2) (EAL- A2)60306166Entry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationTrueFalseFalseFalse
    19/01/21ESB Entry Level Award in Graded Examinations in Speech ( Entry 3) (EAL – B1)6030621XEntry LevelOther Life Skills QualificationTrueFalseFalseFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 1 Award in Using Oral Skills for Interviews50111449Level 1Vocationally-Related QualificationFalseFalseTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 1 Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening)60154652Level 1English For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 1 Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Reading)60154731Level 1English For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 1 Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Writing)60154743Level 1English For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 1 Certificate In ESOL Skills for Life60155437Level 1English For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 1 Certificate In ESOL Skills for Life60155437Level 1English For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 1 Award in EAL for Young Learners60183482Level 1English For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueFalseFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 1 Award in Speech (Grade 3)50116629Level 1Performing Arts Graded ExaminationTrueTrueFalseFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 1 Award in Speech (Grade 1)50116654Level 1Performing Arts Graded ExaminationTrueTrueFalseFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 1 Award in Speech (Grade 2)6036757XLevel 1Performing Arts Graded ExaminationTrueFalseTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 2 Award in Using Oral Skills for Interviews50112806Level 2Vocationally-Related QualificationFalseFalseTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 2 Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening)60154676Level 2English For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 2 Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Writing)60154834Level 2English For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 2 Award in ESOL Skills for Life (Reading)60154901Level 2English For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 2 Certificate In ESOL Skills for Life60155449Level 2English For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 2 Award in EAL for Young Learners60183494Level 2English For Speakers of Other LanguagesTrueTrueFalseFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 2 Certificate in Speech (Grade 4)60351925Level 2Performing Arts Graded ExaminationTrueTrueTrueFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 2 Certificate in Speech (Grade 5)5011668XLevel 2Performing Arts Graded ExaminationTrueTrueFalseFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 3 Certificate in Speech (Grade 8)50116678Level 3Performing Arts Graded ExaminationTrueTrueFalseFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 3 Certificate in Speech (Grade 6)50116691Level 3Performing Arts Graded ExaminationTrueTrueFalseFalse
    19/01/21ESB Level 3 Award in Travel & Tourism Oral Communication Skills for Overseas Resort Representatives50085700Level 3Vocationally-Related QualificationFalseTrueFalseTrue
    19/01/21ESB Level 4 Award In Professional Presentation Skills60005567Level 4Vocationally-Related QualificationFalseTrue (18+ only)FalseTrue

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