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Coronavirus FAQs

Your Teaching and Examinations questions answered.

Please note Guidance from the Department for Education is currently being updated. We will provide an update on our website as soon as this is available.

When and where can I hold exams?

Until at least 17 May (or the date confirmed by the government), all examinations are currently being booked as remote sessions. On the 17 May, when the government is expected to provide updated information regarding the next step of the roadmap out of lockdown which includes the lifting of travel restrictions. When we receive confirmation that our examiners can travel, we will contact you if this applies to your session. Please do not contact your examiner.

The government has provided more information about the conduct of examinations along with public health guidance to support examinations from January 2021 (see link).

Who do I contact at my local authority?

Each Local Authority is structured differently, so you should direct your query to the Trading Standards team, or the department responsible for COVID response.
 

What levels of exams can be entered and when?

Until 12 April, examinations can be taken for our regulated qualifications only. We will provide a further update when non-regulated qualifications can continue.

Our regulated qualifications include:

  • Primary Graded
  • Grade 1 - 6
  • Intermediate Foundation
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced 1 (inc. Analysis)
  • Advanced 2 (inc. Analysis)
  • DDE Unit 4
  • DDP Practical unit

When can I teach in my studio?

The Government’s intention is for out-of-school settings and wraparound childcare providers to be able offer provision as normal, to all children, from the start of the school summer term. This will be no earlier than 12 April, and will be confirmed as part of Step 2 of the COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021.

In the meantime, the DfE Out of School guidance (see link) allows some face-to-face exam preparation under ‘efforts to obtain a regulated qualification’ in out-of-school settings such as library premises, community centres, theatres and concert halls. We understand efforts to obtain a regulated qualification to mean indoor preparation for a regulated examination in the period preceding assessment. Members should contact their Local Authority to confirm whether their venue is permitted to open before conducting exam preparation.
From 8 March 2021, indoor dance studios and sports facilities are only able to open for supervised activities for:

  • vulnerable children and young people
  • other children, where the provision is reasonably necessary to enable their parents and carers to work, search for work, undertake education or training, or attend a medical appointment or address a medical need, or attend a support group.

How should I organise my exam preparation group sizes?

The DfE guidance (see link) has been updated to make clear that you should continue to group children in their same school day bubbles as far as possible. Where it is not possible to follow school day bubbles, you should:

  • ensure any children from the same school are kept together; and only group children from different schools together where it is absolutely necessary.
  • work with parents and carers, where applicable, to try and keep siblings together.
  • ensure you are continuing to group children in small, consistent groups of no more than fifteen children and at least one staff member.

What other systems of control have changed?

The DfE guidance on face coverings has been updated: This now advises that children who were aged 11 and above on 31 August 2020 are recommended to wear face coverings when they are being educated or cared for in classrooms or during activities, where social distancing cannot be maintained.
 
There is also further information on how to keep settings well-ventilated and a new section on accessing asymptomatic testing, which includes information on how staff working in wraparound childcare or out-of-school settings can access testing either on school premises or through local community testing programmes.

Are examinations allowed to continue?

We work closely with CDMT, the Department for Education Out of School Team and Ofqual to ensure we support our members by providing relevant government guidance during the pandemic.
 
Until 12 April (or the date confirmed by the government), regulated exams can be conducted in formal education settings such as schools or colleges, or in out-of-school settings such as library premises, community centres, theatres and concert halls. However, exams cannot take place in dance and fitness studios. Members should contact their Local Authority to confirm whether their venue is permitted to open before conducting exams.
 
The government has provided more information about the conduct of examinations along with public health guidance to support examinations from January 2021 (see link).

When can adult classes take place?

We have received a clarification from the DfE that exam preparation and examinations for over 18s can also go ahead for our regulated qualifications from 8 March in settings which are permitted to open.

When can unregulated exams take place and where?

We anticipate that this will be from 12 April (or the date confirmed by the government), but we will provide further guidance as we receive it.
 

When can I book an exam session in my studio without local authority approval?

We anticipate that be from 12 April (or the date confirmed by the government), teaching and examinations can go ahead for all qualifications, but we will provide further guidance as we receive it.

Which Theatre and Dancesport qualifications and related examinations are regulated?

Our regulated qualifications include:

  • Primary Graded
  • Grade 1 - 6
  • Intermediate Foundation
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced 1 (inc. Analysis)
  • Advanced 2 (inc. Analysis)
  • DDE Unit 4
  • DDP Practical unit