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The COVID19 page has been revised.
I am pleased to be able to welcome everyone back to face to face lessons, subject to COVID measures of course.
From 8 March, face-to-face teaching can take place either in the teacher's home or the pupil's, provided that lessons are being used to obtain a regulated qualification, to meet the entry requirements for an education institution (e.g. auditions), or to undertake exams and assessments. Lessons are subject to a risk assessment plus the usual mitigations and COVID-safe working practices. At this stage it is not clear whether adult face-to-face teaching can resume. Further updates will follow when more is known.
Zoom recently released a new version of their platform and the sound options have changed. Please note that you probably will need to alter some settings to get sound of usable quality.
Following the government's announcement yesterday evening, all lessons are online only at present. I hope we can get back to meeting face to face again before too long.
The good news is that lessons can continue, even in Tier 4, as long as they are supporting formal education. See my COVID-19 page for full details.
In all three tiers, private face-to-face teaching can now take place in a teacher’s or pupil’s home provided that a COVID-19 risk assessment has been made and that other mitigating actions will be taken. I am therefore offering face to face lessons once more.
ABRSM has revised its "Guidance for Candidates" document. Anyone taking an exam in the current 2020 period should be familiar with this before attending a practical exam. Please see my COVID-19 page, where you will find a link.
Whilst final details and clarification are still awaited, it is hoped that Face to Face lessons will be able to resume. Please see my COVID-19 page, which has been updated to reflect the latest position.
The government has published guidance regarding the three tiers that will be in effect after December 2nd. The ISM has stated that their current interpretation is that face-to-face private tuition can proceed in all tiers. More clarification is being sought however, and the guidance could change again. Please check back here for the latest updates.
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