UPDATED 20th January 2022

From Thursday 27 January:

  • Venues and events will no longer be required by law to use the NHS Covid Pass. The NHS Covid Pass can still be used on a voluntary basis as was previously the case in Plan A.
  • Face coverings are no longer required by law in any setting. Public health guidance will remain in place, suggesting individuals should continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • The Department for Education will remove national guidance on the use of face coverings in communal areas, with local Directors of Public Health able to recommend the use of face coverings in education settings across their area only where the department and public health experts judge the measure to be proportionate due to specific health concerns. This is a temporary measure and Directors of Public Health continue to advise individual settings experiencing outbreaks.
  • Any local introduction of face coverings must be subject to routine review and removed at the earliest opportunity.

England to return to Plan A following the success of the booster programme – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Examinations UK and International with an Examiner Present

Everyone must comply with their Government’s regulations relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the UK and in countries in which an IDTA Examiner lives and works, the Examiner will be appointed to conduct your examination session in the normal way, by Head Office.

Principals. You will be required to contact the Examiner two weeks prior to your examination session with the timetable, a copy of your risk assessment and clear directions to the venue. Changes to the timetable must be advised to the Examiner 7 days prior to the session. Please email these to the examiner if possible rather than sending paper copies by post.

You must ensure a risk assessment has been carried out at your venue and that all reasonable precautions have been taken:

 a) To ensure the safety of your candidates, their parents/guardians and staff.

 b) To ensure the Examiner can enter and exit the building and studio safely and use the toilets at the venue.

If any candidates are unwell prior to the examination they must not be entered for the examination. You must comply with Government regulations if the candidate is suspected of having contracted Covid-19. If necessary the examination session will be rescheduled.

If any members of the teaching or support staff are unwell prior to the examination they must not attend. You must comply with Government regulations if the individual is suspected of having contracted Covid-19. If necessary the examination session will be rescheduled.

If the Examiner is unwell prior to the examination, they will advise the principal and Head Office and the examination session will be rescheduled.

Examiners will be instructed to bring with them their own food and drinks for the day and face covering if required or preferred. Comfort breaks and a lunch break must be scheduled into the timetable. Breaks should be a minimum of 15 minutes morning and afternoon, and 30 minutes for lunch. The maximum working day for an Examiner is 8 hours including breaks.

The Examiner’s table and chair must be cleaned prior to the Examiner’s arrival and hand sanitiser provided.

Report forms must be placed on the Examiner’s table, in the same order as the timetable, before the Examiner arrives to minimize contact. Also a paper copy of your risk assessment will be required, so that the Examiner can return this to Head Office, with the report forms.

Candidates when entering the examination room must not approach the Examiner’s table but should stand back the recommended distance (at least 2 meters) and introduce themselves; this distance or more must also be maintained, throughout the examination, whilst the candidates are dancing.

Reasonable Adjustments. Applications should be submitted as normal to Head Office with the Examination Session Request Form for processing and agreement.


We are aware of the impact of the virus on dance classes and exams, with some candidates needing to isolate at short notice and the consequent effect on your school. If you have an examination session booked in the next few weeks, please keep in touch with your appointed examiner, in case your examination session is affected.  

Please continue to provide your examiner with a risk assessment and policies in place to minimise the spread of the virus, including any requirement to wear a mask when moving around the venue, good hygiene and ventilation.

Please continue to place all the report forms on the desk for the examiner, rather than candidates presenting their reports to the examiner and ask the candidates to remain at least 2m away from the examiner’s desk. Please check with the examiner if they will be bringing their own refreshments with them, as they may prefer to do so.

If anyone is unwell and presents with covid-19 symptoms they must follow the NHS guidance.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

We would ask our members in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to continue to check guidance and regulations in their country and our international members to work to the guidance and regulations in place in their countries.

 

UK Autumn and Winter Plan for England published on 14th September 2021:

COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

UK Government Announcements

Advising people on how to protect themselves and others

On 19 July, rules on social contact were replaced with advice to the public on the ways in which they could protect themselves and others. Since the risks from COVID-19 have not disappeared, the Government will continue to provide guidance on the behaviours and actions that reduce transmission and manage the risks. The guidance will be based on the latest scientific and epidemiological evidence.

 

Safer behaviours and actions that reduce the spread of COVID-19

It remains important for everyone, including those who are fully vaccinated, to follow behaviours and actions that reduce transmission and help to keep people safe. Following the recommended actions will also help limit the spread of seasonal illnesses, including flu.

The evidence suggests COVID-19 is spread in the following ways: airborne transmission, close contact via droplets, and via surfaces. Developing evidence indicates that airborne transmission is a very significant way that the virus circulates. The behaviours and actions recommended by the Government in guidance aim to mitigate all methods of transmission.

The risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 can be higher in certain places and when doing certain activities. In general, the risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 is higher in crowded spaces (where there are more people who might be infectious) and in enclosed indoor spaces (where there is limited fresh air). Some activities, such as singing, dancing, and exercising can also increase the risk of transmission of COVID-19 as people are doing activities which generate more particles as they breathe. The risk is greatest where these factors overlap.   Although the Government does not want to legally restrict any of these activities, it can inform people of the risks and offer advice on how to mitigate them.

The best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is to get fully vaccinated. People that are fully vaccinated should continue to follow behaviours and actions set out in the guidance on how to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

The behaviours encouraged to prevent the spread include:

  1. Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer. Meeting outdoors vastly reduces the risk of airborne transmission. However, it is not always possible, particularly through the winter. If you are indoors, being in a room with fresh air (and, for example, opening your windows regularly for 10 minutes or a small amount continuously) can still reduce the airborne risk from COVID-19 substantially compared to spaces with no fresh air. Some evidence suggests that under specific conditions high levels of ventilation could reduce airborne transmission risk by up to 70%.
  2. Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed settings where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  3. Get tested, and self-isolate if required. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate and take a free PCR test as soon as possible. Anyone who tests positive must self-isolate. Anyone who is notified they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive should also take a free PCR test as soon as possible and self-isolate if required. The data on symptoms associated with COVID-19 is continuously being gathered and kept under review.
  4. Try to stay at home if you are feeling unwell.
  5. Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day.
  6. Download and use the NHS COVID-19 app to know if you’ve been exposed to the virus.

 

Safer Behaviours and Actions

In order, these are: get vaccinated; let fresh air in if you meet indoors, meeting outdoors is safer; wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed settings where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet; get tested, and self-isolate if required; try to stay at home if you are feeling unwell; wash your hands; and download and use the NHS COVID-19 app.

Businesses

To support businesses through the autumn and winter period, the Government will continue to provide up-to-date Working Safely guidance on how employers can reduce the risks in their workplace. Businesses should consider this guidance in preparing their health and safety risk assessments, and put in place suitable mitigations.

In line with government guidance at step 4, an increasing number of workers have gradually returned, or are preparing to return, to offices and workplaces. As workers return to the workplace, employers should follow the Working Safely guidance.

By law, businesses must not ask or allow employees to come to work if they are required to self-isolate.

In addition, businesses are encouraged to:

  1. Ask employees to stay at home if they are feeling unwell.
  2. Ensure there is an adequate supply of fresh air to indoor spaces. Businesses should identify any poorly ventilated spaces, for example by using a CO2 monitor, and take steps to improve fresh air flow in these areas.
  3. Provide hand sanitiser to enable staff and customers to clean their hands more frequently, and clean surfaces which people touch regularly.
  4. Display an NHS QR code poster for customers to check in using the NHS COVID-19 app, so they are alerted if there’s an outbreak and can take action to protect others.
  5. Consider using the NHS COVID Pass.

 

 

LINKS

Prime Minister’s Announcement 14th September 2021

COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Grassroots sports guidance:

Guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) measures for grassroots sport participants, providers and facility operators – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Performing Arts guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/performing-arts

 

Out of school settings guidance:

Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Scotland

Coronavirus in Scotland – gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

 

Wales

Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Topic | GOV.WALES

 

Northern Ireland

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-regulations-guidance-what-restrictions-mean-you

 

Isle of Man

https://covid19.gov.im/

 

Channel Island

https://www.gov.je/health/coronavirus/Pages/index.aspx

https://covid19.gov.gg/

https://www.visitalderney.com/inspire/coronavirus-covid-19-update/

 

Additional advice and guidance can be found on:

The British Dance Council website at https://www.britishdancecouncil.info/news/

The Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre website https://cdmt.org.uk/latest-news/18894-covid-19-links-to-helpful-governmental-guidance

The Sports and Recreation Alliance website https://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/news/covid-19#

The One Dance UK website https://www.onedanceuk.org/covid-19-guidance/

 

Small Business Advice

The Government has published information on assistance for small and medium sized businesses and the self employed. Dance schools owners should review the information to see if they are able to apply for assistance.

Advice from the Federation of Small Businesses:

https://www.fsb.org.uk/campaign/covid19.html

Advice from ACAS

https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

 

Financial Support

Self-employment support scheme:

Find coronavirus financial support for your business – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

Information is regularly being updated and new guidance issued.

Each dance school is unique and the guidance and regulations need to be applied to each dance school individually.

Members outside the UK should refer to their own government websites for information on the coronavirus.

 

IDTA Examination Service

 

We strongly recommend that teachers make decisions about whether to enter candidates for examinations by talking to the candidates and their parents or guardians and ensure the candidates are ready and prepared for the examinations.

Additional guidance has been produced to help dance teachers, their pupils and their parents with questions regarding how examinations will be conducted and marked. The guidance has been produced by CDMT following discussion with the dance awarding bodies, we hope this will help you with any questions you may have. Please see Information for teachers parents and learners spring 2021

We do appreciate some members have very specific questions and we will try to answer these or direct you to the appropriate guidance.

 

UK

In line with the UK Government Autumn/Winter Plan in England and with the lifting / changes to restrictions in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, the examination service will be available for members. If you have any questions regarding examination sessions please email info@idta.co.uk or phone IDTA Head Office. The Alternative Examination Procedure Guide for UK Members will be updated and will be available to download from the Members Area of the website or a copy can be emailed to you. We will continue to offer Live Stream and Video examination options as well as Face to Face examinations.

 

INTERNATIONAL MEMBERS

International exam sessions may continue if permitted by Government regulations in each country and will be conducted by live stream or video, or with an Examiner present if an Examiner is based in the country and can undertake the exams. If you wish to book an examination session please contact the Operation’s Manager at IDTA Head Office email info@idta.co.uk and we can send you the Alternative Examination Procedure Guide for International Members.

 

IDTA Head Office

The majority of IDTA Staff have now returned to the office. If you have a question please email to info@idta.co.uk, this is the main email address which is being monitored and your questions will be passed to a member of staff who can assist.

Payments can be made online to IDTA or IDTA Sales Ltd using the Make a Payment option from the main page of the website at https://members.idta.co.uk/payments/enter

IDTA Sales Ltd

Orders can be placed online via the Shop on the IDTA website https://www.idta.co.uk/xcart4/home.php or by email to sales@idta.co.uk.

Telephone calls can also be made between 9.00 am and 3.30 pm Monday to Friday.

 

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