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Whilst restrictions on mandatory mask-wearing and social distancing are to be lifted on 19 July, we are also aware that the circulating Covid-19 Delta variant is resulting in a high number of infections, predominantly impacting children and young people.

Therefore, we strongly recommend that you continue to ensure the safety of your learners and provide a safe environment for teaching and examinations to take place. Please carefully consider your school/venue’s risk assessment and have all appropriate measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus, especially in relation to hygiene and ventilation. 

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 that 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?

We will not be opening our exam centres in 2021. However, teachers with a small number of candidates may apply for a remote exam session. Please note that Fellowship Examinations may take place at your venue.

Please contact ukdanceteachers@istd.org for further information. Please see below all examinations which can be booked:

Theatre

(All genres)

  • Class Tests, Medals, Performance Awards, Jazz Awards, Popular Tap Tests, Folk Dance Studies, Grades, Vocational Grades

  • Vocational Grades, DDE

  • Licentiate and Fellowship exams - please contact ukdanceteachers@istd.org for more informationApplications may be approved subject to meeting the latest guidance from DfE.
Dancesport

(All genres)

  • Under 6, Under 8, Social Dance Tests, Pre-Bronze Dance Tests, One Dance Tests, Medals, Grades, Higher Awards.
    Partner and team entries will be permitted from 19 July onwards -depending on government roadmap.

Please note, we are waiting for an update on partnering in exams and will publish this shortly. 

In the meantime, candidates may demonstrate partnered work with a member of their own household, or alternatively, they will be required to demonstrate both roles.

 

Wales

National restrictions remain in place. However, dance classes and examinations are permitted. Please follow the guidance from your local government.

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

Northern Ireland

National restrictions remain in place. However, dance classes and examination are permitted. Please follow the guidance from your local government.

Scotland

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

Channel Islands

Dance classes and examinations are permitted with the required risk assessment and public health measures in place. Please ensure that your local authority permits the opening of your setting and the activity can take place.

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.