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COVID-19

Updated Guidance for Examinations in the UK

EXAMINATIONS

Applicable for examinations from January 25 2021 onwards

As a response to the COVID guidance provided by the governments across the UK, we are providing more detailed information about the dance classes and examinations for these scenarios.

The governments in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Channel Island have implemented further restrictions. 

Members should contact their local authority, stating that they are an educational establishment, for guidance on whether their business can remain open and whether practical examinations can be conducted in exam venues with the relevant protective measures in place.

If examinations are not permitted, Members should contact the UK Examinations department (ukdanceteachers@istd.org) to reschedule the exam session for a later date.



United Kingdom

The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that regulated examinations due to take place in January should proceed as planned. These examinations will be conducted via remote examinations, but the preparation for the examination should take place online. However, we are waiting for an announcement from the DfE on whether face-to-face exam preparation would be permitted. You can find detailed information about our regulated qualifications below. 

Examinations available for regulated qualifications:

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

Please note that if you do not wish to hold the exam session remotely, you may reschedule your examination to a later date.

We would also like to emphasize the importance of safety measures that are required to be in place when conducting examinations, including the relevant risk assessments. You can find a link to the national guidance by the UK government providing support and advice on practical steps on how to minimise the risk of infection and transmission of the virus for children, staff and parents who attend your settings. 

 Click here for more information.

England

We continue to follow government guidance in England permitting supervised children’s activities by education establishment as detailed online here.

Due to the guidance to minimise travel in/to England, all examinations will be held remotely.

Wales

We continue to follow government guidance in Wales permitting supervised children’s activities by education establishments, as detailed online here.

Due to the guidance to minimise travel in/to Wales, all examinations will be held remotely.


Northern Ireland

Members should contact the UK Examinations department (ukdanceteachers@istd.org) to reschedule their exam sessions.

Due to the guidance to minimise travel in/to Northern Ireland, all examinations will be held remotely.

Scotland

We continue to follow government guidance in Scotland permitting organised activities for children by education establishments, as detailed online here. 

Due to the guidance to minimise travel in/to Scotland, all examinations will be held remotely.


Channel Islands

We continue to follow government guidance in Jersey and Guernsey permitting extracurricular and group activities for children by education establishments, as detailed online here and here: https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/exit 

Due to the guidance to minimise travel to Channel Islands, all examinations will be held remotely.

Letter of Support

We have devised a letter of support to help you when approaching and having discussions with your local authority to confirm whether your business can remain open, which you can find below.

Letter of Support for Members