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COVID-19

Updated Guidance for Examinations in the UK

EXAMINATIONS

Applicable for examinations from April 12 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.

All our examinations are currently being booked as remote sessions.

This will continue until at least 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.

Teachers must ensure they have completed the required risk assessment for their setting and adhere to COVID-19 regulations which include social distancing and the provision of adequate ventilation at the exam venue. 

England

  • All our examinations may now take place in England for under 18’s in all out-of-school settings.
  • Exam preparations and examinations for over 18s can also go ahead for our regulated qualifications in settings which are permitted to open. 
  • Bookings are open on Quest to 31 August, please apply for examinations within the published timelines.
  • For Over 18’s Unregulated assessments can take place for the purposes of meeting all or part of the entry requirements for an educational institution. Please contact ukdanceteachers@istd.org for further guidance.

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

Which exams can be booked in England?

Theatre

 

(All genres)

  • For students under 18 years: Class Tests, Medals, Performance Awards, Jazz Awards, Popular Tap Tests, Folk Dance Studies, Grades, Vocational Grades.
  • For students over 18 years: Vocational Grades, DDE.
  • Licentiate and Fellowship exams - please contact ukdanceteachers@istd.org for more information. Applications may be approved subject to meeting the latest guidance from DfE.

Dancesport

 

(All genres)

  • For students under 18 years: Under 6, Under 8, Social Dance Tests, Pre-Bronze Dance Tests, One Dance Tests, Medals, Grades, Higher Awards.

    PLEASE NOTE: Candidates may take partnered exams as a solo performer dancing their own role. Alternatively, they may dance with a partner but ONLY with someone from their own household.
  • Student Teacher and Associate Exams - please contact ukdanceteachers@istd.org for more information. Applications may be approved subject to meeting the latest guidance from DfE

Wales

Dance classes and examinations are not permitted until after 17 May at the earliest pending the government confirmation.

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

Northern Ireland

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

Scotland

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

With a tiering system in place from the end of April pending the government confirmation, dance classes and examinations are permitted from 26 April in Tier 3 and below.

Please contact the local authority to confirm that opening your setting and activity are permitted. You can find a Letter of Support to help you below.


Channel Islands

Dance classes and examinations are permitted with the required risk assessment and public health measures in place.

Please contact the local authority to confirm that opening your setting and activity are permitted. You can find a Letter of Support to help you below.

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.

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