With the ending of restictions, face to face lessons and exams once again became possible. As the pandemic is still with us, some aspects have changed in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. This page aims to outline the current position and will be amended as and when necessary. Please check back regularly for the latest updates.
Face to Face lessons
I am back to teaching in person, and welcome all pupils who are comfortable to attend. In order to comply with government and NHS guidelines, lessons are subject to a risk assessment and revised, COVID-secure, working practices. The following provides a summary of my current approach and I require all pupils/parents to familiarise themselves with these points, and to respect them for the safety of all:
I remain able to offer online lessons where face to face lessons are not possible, e.g. if the pupil or parent/carer is isolating. Online lessons are delivered using the Zoom platform.
Please see my Online Lessons page for full details, including information about safeguarding and how to go about setting up a Zoom lesson.
Theory lessons via email are taking place and will continue. I hope that this approach will allow pupils to take advantage of the real opportunity to 'catch up' or even 'get ahead' with their theory. Email works great for theory, but has it's limitations, and sometimes a quick verbal explanation can save a lot of time and worry. For that reason, and within appropriate safeguarding procedures, I am happy to support my theory students using other platforms and media.
Practical Graded Exams
Practical graded exams are taking place again. ABRSM has introduced COVID-secure working methods, which candidates will be required to follow. Please refer to ABRSM's Guidance for candidates document and make sure that you know what to do when attending a practical exam.
The new remotely assessed performance-focused exams are now up and running and further exam periods have now been announced for 2021.
Last update 20-Aug-2021