UPDATED 2nd March 2022
On 21st February the UK Prime Minister set out the government’s plan for living with Covid-19 – see link
The plan covers four main areas:
- Removing domestic restrictions while encouraging safer behaviours through public health advice, in common with longstanding ways of managing other infectious illnesses
- Protecting the vulnerable through pharmaceutical interventions and testing, in line with other viruses
- Maintaining resilience against future variants, including through ongoing surveillance, contingency planning and the ability to reintroduce key capabilities such as mass vaccination and testing in an emergency
- Securing innovations and opportunities from the COVID-19 response, including investment in life sciences
The public are encouraged to continue to follow public health advice, as with all infectious diseases such as the flu, to minimise the chance of catching Covid and help protect family and friends. This includes by letting fresh air in when meeting indoors, wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet, and washing your hands.
The Prime Minister confirmed domestic legal restrictions would end on 24 February as we begin to treat Covid as other infectious diseases such as flu. This means:
- The remaining domestic restrictions in England will be removed. The legal requirement to self-isolate ends. Until 1 April, we still advise people who test positive to stay at home. Adults and children who test positive are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least five full days and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received two negative test results on consecutive days.
- From April, the Government will update guidance setting out the ongoing steps that people with COVID-19 should take to be careful and considerate of others, similar to advice on other infectious diseases. This will align with testing changes.
- Self-isolation support payments, national funding for practical support and the medicine delivery service will no longer be available.
- Routine contact tracing ends, including venue check-ins on the NHS COVID-19 app.
- Fully vaccinated adults and those aged under 18 who are close contacts are no longer advised to test daily for seven days and the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate will be removed.
Further changes include:
- Guidance has been removed for staff and students in most education and childcare settings to undertake twice weekly asymptomatic testing.
- On 24 February, removing additional local authority powers to tackle local COVID-19 outbreaks (No.3 regulations). Local Authorities will manage local outbreaks in high-risk settings as they do with other infectious diseases.
- On 24 March, the Government will also remove the COVID-19 provisions within the Statutory Sick Pay and Employment and Support Allowance regulations.
From 1 April, the Government will:
- Remove the current guidance on voluntary COVID-status certification in domestic settings and no longer recommend that certain venues use the NHS COVID Pass.
- No longer provide free universal symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for the general public in England.
- Remove the health and safety requirement for every employer to explicitly consider COVID-19 in their risk assessments.
24th February the UK Government published the document Covid-19 Response: Living with Covid-19, see link below
In addition to the information in the documents we recommend you review the following links
The government is making regular updates to this guidance.
It is important that you continue to review the information provided and regularly review and update your school’s risk assessment.
Examinations UK and International with an Examiner Present
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.
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.
We would ask our members in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to continue to check guidance in their country and our international members to work to the guidance and regulations in place in their countries.
UK Government advice on safer behaviours and actions that reduce the spread of COVID-19
- 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%.
- 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 with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day.
Isle of Man
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.
If you have any questions regarding examination sessions please email email@example.com 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 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 IDTA Head Office email firstname.lastname@example.org we can send you the Alternative Examination Procedure Guide for International Members.