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Outreach Campaign

Stretching the most able, supporting the least confident and realising the potential of all to help close the disadvantage gap.

In too many places throughout the UK, children, young people and adults face various forms of disadvantage that act as learning barriers to their ability to achieve their potential.

Ineffective communication, poor oracy and inadequate English language skills can significantly impact an individual’s learning, life and work.

Good levels of communication are often in the top three skills that employers want but don’t feel that employees have to a high enough standard.

Communication rich experiences are required to help children, young people and adults find their voice; developing confidence, self esteem and self respect.

These are problems that ESB wants to address through its Outreach Campaign.

Who we support

At ESB, we are committed to positively impacting the lives of those who face disadvantage due to:

Socio-economic factors

Special educational needs & disabilities

Migrancy status

Our Outreach Campaign further expands the support offered through our Christabel Burniston Fund by providing financial aid to enable children, young people, and adults to access the learning for our Oracy and English Language qualifications.

We believe that access to our qualifications should not be limited by financial barriers, and we are dedicated to creating opportunities for all.

Who is eligible for financial support?

ESB is committed to supporting centres across both the education and third sectors.

We use two main sets of indicators for government funded schools when considering funding:

  • the percentage of pupils receiving Pupil Premium
  • the Government’s Indices of Deprivation for the area that your school serves.

For third sector organisations, we assess your current income and external funding, as well as the Government’s Indices of Deprivation for the community your organisation supports.

We want to double the scale of our outreach programme by 2027

Since 2020, we have committed £45,000 to support our organisations and continue to focus on and support the areas of most disadvantage.

In 2023, we will have committed £30,000 in one year, but we want to do more.

We’re excited to announce that we have approached a number of individuals to become ESB Patrons who will help us raise awareness and attract donors and philanthropists who can help us expand our reach even further.

Please watch the video to learn more about ESB’s incredible work and this exciting initiative.

We want to hear from you

If you are a centre that shares the common belief that communication and language skills lie at the heart of social mobility, and you think your learners could benefit from our qualifications but you are concerned about fees, please email or call 01695 573 438 extension 201. One of our Business Development Team members would be delighted to hear from you.

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