We have released new Centre Handbooks for our Speech, ESOL Skills for Life and centre assessed qualifications. They are available to download on our Policies and Procedures page.

Speech

ESB Speech Qualifications


Are you interested in improving your learners’ speaking and listening skills?

Here at ESB, we support all learners to develop the oracy skills they need to achieve their aspirations.  Our wide range of accessible Speech assessments give learners the tools to thrive in education, training and employment. 

Our qualifications build confidence which is key to unlocking learners’ potential, raising achievement and enabling them to reach their personal and professional goals.

Learners receive an accredited certificate highlighting their achievement (82% of our speech qualifications are accredited), but we never think of it as simply a ‘certificate’, it’s more like a golden ticket to help them progress on every step of their journey.

ESB offers a full range of progressive qualifications, recognised and mapped to the relevant common curriculum requirements. We have qualifications to suit every learner’s needs. Find out more about these qualifications below.

Primary Speech Qualifications

Secondary and Post-16 Speech Qualifications

Skills


We understand the importance of possessing key communication skills and we’re here to support our learners to develop them. Talk is a fundamental part of our lives and improves and enhances learners’ oracy skills, whilst at the same time builds confidence and improves teamwork skills.

Employers continue to tell us that teamwork and communication skills are central to their success and need to be of a higher standard when people enter the workforce. The development of effective communication, alongside an accredited qualification, gives learners a clear advantage when applying for a place in college, university or in the job market.

Clarity of communication and an ability to express thoughts simply, sincerely and persuasively are qualities needed by everyone in this specialised, competitive world. Every individual will have to inform, instruct, question, interpret, disagree and advise.

Experience


Time after time, learners come out of their assessment saying, ‘Can I do that again please?’ To hear that comment is music to our ears. Our speech assessments are carried out in small groups where learners are assessed individually – replicating real life opportunities for speaking and listening.

Our qualifications are based on educational theory and research into oracy and focus on the interactivity of communication and the personal development it creates.

Why choose ESB?

Group Experience

The majority of our Speech assessments are carried out in groups where learners are assessed individually – replicating real life opportunities for speaking and listening. Our Group Speaking qualifications assess groups of learners (minimum requirement of six learners in each group) – enabling them to work collaboratively and support one another.

External Assessment

At ESB, we do everything we can to take away the administrative burden that so many providers face. 95% of our speech assessments are externally assessed. Assessments take place at your centre and are delivered and marked by our trained and standardised assessors and markers – giving you more time for teaching.

Fantastic Assessors

From the moment our team of flexible assessors meets your learners, they will be encouraged and supported, and their work will be appreciated. ESB assessors are annually standardised to ensure that their marking is consistent and that they bring to every assessment a passion for ESB’s core values of providing enjoyable assessments.

Learners’ Choice

We give our learners the opportunity to choose what they want to talk about. There is nothing more valuable than giving young people a platform for a chance to be heard, and for them to speak passionately about what interests them.

Easy to embed across the curriculum

Oracy doesn’t have to be confined to the English department; our assessments are designed to be incorporated into your teaching across a variety of subjects. Not only does this develop your learners’ academic learning, it also reduces the need for extra-curricular teaching.

Personalised reports

Your learners receive a written report with personalised feedback about their performance. Each learner is treated as an individual who has individual interests and an individual temperament.

Outcomes

At ESB, the learner is not a performer of studied pieces, but a person taking their place in society as a worker, a citizen. We do not only assess what the young person knows or says, but what they have become.

Just as literacy and numeracy are important foundations for reading, writing and maths, oracy is a vital foundation for successful speaking, listening and communication.

Confident and effective interpersonal and communication skills are key for employability and also improve:

Self-esteem

Determination

Resilience

Collaborative learning

Academic achievement

Mental health

Empathy

Learner agency

Confidence

Sense of identity

How much do ESB assessments cost?


We try and keep the cost of our assessments at a reasonable price and we will never turn a centre away who can’t afford them.

This fee includes:

  • The assessment itself which takes place at your centre.
  • ESB’s wonderful assessors who come to your centre and deliver the assessment.
  • Your learners’ personalised reports.
  • Delivery of your learners’ certificates to your centre.
  • Support from our dedicated teams throughout your learners’ ESB journey.

We are here for you and we aim to ensure all centres and learners feel supported from the outset right through to completion of their ESB journey – making life as simple as possible for you.

To see a full breakdown of all our prices, please click here.

  • Graded Examinations in Speech – These qualifications differ in price, ranging from the minimum price of £31.00 for our Pre-Entry qualifications for Key Stage 1 learners right through to the maximum price of £57.00 per learner for our Level 3 Graded Examinations in Speech for learners in Key Stages 4 & 5.
  • Debating – These qualifications range from £28.00 per learner at Level 1 (aimed at Key Stage 2 & 3 learners) to £49.00 per learner at Level 3 (aimed at Key Stage 5 learners).
  • Group Speaking – These qualifications range from £63.00 at Entry 2 (Key Stages 1 & 2) to £74.00 at Level 1 (Key Stage 3). These prices are for an unlimited size group.
  • Level 4 Award in Professional Presentation Skills – This qualification is priced at £63.00 per learner.

The Christabel Burniston Fund


We financially support centres whose learners face disadvantage due to socio economic factors, disability or migration status through the Christabel Burniston Fund, established in honour of our founder, Christabel Burniston MBE.

Over the last 3 academic years more than 40 centres have benefited from the support provided by The Christabel Burniston Fund with resounding successes shown in the huge improvement of learners’ speaking and listening skills.

Who is eligible for The Christabel Burniston Fund?

If you are a centre that shares the common belief that communication lies at the heart of social mobility and you think your learners could benefit from our qualifications but are concerned about fees, please email business@esbuk.org.

We use two main sets of indicators for state schools:

  • 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 will look at your current income and external funding and the Government’s Indices of Deprivation for the community your organisation supports.

If you would like to find out about the financial support that ESB could offer at your centre, please click here or email business@esbuk.org.

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