ESL Upgrade – March 2018

The Education Sector Logon (ESL) is being upgraded at the end of March.


Users will see an updated logon screen and self-service option. There will be no change to the username, password or security questions.

The expected schedule is:

  • Friday 23 March, 5.30pm: the upgrade is scheduled to begin.
  • Tuesday 3 April (after Easter): the upgrade will be complete.
  • During the upgrade the ESL will remain available apart from a short outage during the evening of Thursday 29 March (Easter).

Delegated Authorisers in schools have been advised they will not be able to submit user requests for six business days while we transition between systems: from 4:00pm Wednesday 21 March to Good Friday 30 March.

For further details including an introductory video for school authorisers, go to Using the ESL as a school Delegated Authoriser.

For all notifications relating to the ESL, please go to