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Updated Guidance for Examinations in the UK

EXAMINATIONS

Applicable for examinations from Friday 23 October onwards

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

In summary:

  • Areas with heightened restrictions will be offered remote examinations only.
  • Areas with heightened restrictions, such as Tier 3 areas in England, Members must contact their Local Authority to seek permission to continue dance classes.  A letter of support is attached to this guidance.
  • If an exam session is cancelled due to advice from Local Authority, it will be rescheduled for a later date.

England

We continue to follow government guidance published on 28 September permitting out-of-school activities for children by education establishments, as detailed online here.

"Providers who run community activities, holiday clubs, breakfast and after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school provision for children can now operate with protective measures in place... Providing they are only operating in premises legally able to open, children are able to attend settings such as: extracurricular clubs (for example, dance classes, gymnastics training, football coaching)"

We understand from the government guidance published on 12 October regarding local COVID alert levels that where additional restrictions have been implemented, education and childcare can remain fully open, as detailed online here.

We will continue to provide our examinations service, however, please find information about our approach to delivering examinations in these scenarios:

Tier 1 - Medium Alert Level

- Dance classes are permitted based on government guidance

- Traditional (only if short travel distance for Examiner) or remote examination

Action: The UK Examinations department (ukdanceteachers@istd.org) will be in contact with the Member to arrange remote examination for their exam session if traditional examination is not possible.


Tier 2 - High Alert Level

- Dance classes are permitted based on government guidance

- Traditional (only if short travel distance for Examiner) or remote examination

Action: The UK Examinations department will be in contact with the Member to arrange remote examination for their exam session if traditional examination is not possible.


Tier 3 - Very High Alert Level

- Members to contact their local authority, stating that they are an educational establishment, for guidance on whether their business can remain open.

- If dance classes are permitted based on local authority guidance, then remote examination only will be available

Action: Members to contact the UK Examinations department to arrange remote examination for their exam session.


If dance classes are not permitted based on local authority guidance, then no examinations will be permitted. In these circumstances, your exam session will be rescheduled for a later date.

Members to contact the UK Examinations department to reschedule the exam session.

Wales

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

Can services offering supervised children’s activities remain open?

Yes. The operators of these services must take all reasonable measures to manage risk and maintain social distancing. Depending on the venue where the activity is taking place this will include the use of face coverings over 11 in public indoor premises, including community centres.


What are supervised children’s activities?

This encompasses a broad range of activities attended by children, where their actions should generally be supervised by appropriately qualified and trained adults. This could include a range of clubs or classes attended on evenings and weekends including, but not limited to, sporting or cultural interests. These are not part of a child’s formal education, though may have some wider benefits related to learning and development. These events are usually run by a business, a public body or charitable institution, a club, or the national governing body of a sport or other activity.


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

Action: Members to contact the UK Examinations department (ukdanceteachers@istd.org) to arrange remote examination for their exam session.

In a case that further restrictions are implemented, Members should contact their local authority, stating that they are an educational establishment, for guidance on whether their business can remain open. If dance classes are not permitted based on local authority guidance, then no examinations will be permitted. In these circumstances, your exam session will be rescheduled for a later date.

Action: Members to contact the UK Examinations department to reschedule the exam session.

Northern Ireland

Due to the restrictions published by the government in Northern Ireland on 14 October, we will be postponing the examinations for the period of four weeks. In these circumstances, your exam session will be rescheduled for a later date.

Action: Members to contact the UK Examinations department (ukdanceteachers@istd.org) to reschedule the exam session.


Once the restrictions have been removed, Members should contact their local authority, stating that they are an educational establishment, for guidance on whether their business can open.

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

Action: Members to contact the UK Examinations department to arrange remote examination for their exam session.

Scotland

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

As announced on 20 August, indoor activities for children and young people (unregulated) can begin from Monday 31 August where guidance has been produced and can be adhered to.

This guidance is for unregulated activities and services provided indoors and outdoors for children and young people, including babies and toddlers, that are voluntary, third sector, parent or peer led or unregulated providers delivering a service or activity directly to children under 18.


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

Action: Members to contact the UK Examinations department (ukdanceteachers@istd.org) to arrange remote examination for their exam session.


In a case that further restrictions are implemented, Members should contact their local authority, stating that they are an educational establishment, for guidance on whether their business can remain open. If dance classes are not permitted based on local authority guidance, then no examinations will be permitted. In these circumstances, your exam session will be rescheduled for a later date.

Action: Members to contact the UK Examinations department to reschedule the exam session.

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. 

Action: Members to contact the UK Examinations department (ukdanceteachers@istd.org) to arrange remote examination for their exam session.


In a case that further restrictions are implemented, Members should contact their local authority, stating that they are an educational establishment, for guidance on whether their business can remain open. If dance classes are not permitted based on local authority guidance, then no examinations will be permitted. In these circumstances, your exam session will be rescheduled for a later date. 

Action: Members to contact the UK Examinations department to reschedule the exam session.

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.

Letter of Support for Members

16 October 2020