Update regarding COVID-19
Based on the latest government rulings in response to the COVID situation in the UK, we have safely re-opened our Nottingham and Birmingham centres. From Monday 28 June 2021 all classes will be available 100% face-to-face.
In order to ensure that everybody feels safe and comfortable, we will be doing the following:
- We will have all classes face-to-face whilst adhering to Government guidelines and regulations.
- Students who had their course interrupted in March 2020 are welcome to return to their studies in either centre.
- We observe social distancing and hygiene rules according to our COVID-19 risk assessment and current government guidelines.
- New arrivals who need to quarantine can join the lessons online.
- Any self-isolating students can join their classes online.
Our commitment to students' health and safety
- Before you travel to the UK, you will need to provide your journey and contact details. You cannot submit the form until 48 hours before you’re due to arrive in the UK. If you do not complete the form before you arrive in the UK, it might take you longer to enter the UK. You can find this document here: https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/public-health-passenger-locator-form
- You will need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to the United Kingdom, you must do this 72 hours or less before your departure time. You can see more information here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing before you travel to England - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- Please remember, you might need to self-isolate when you arrive in the United Kingdom, this depends on the countries that you travel through before you arrive in the United Kingdom. Please see the UK Government website for more information, here: Red, amber and green list rules for entering England - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- If you travel through a red list country, you will need to book a quarantine hotel before you arrive, for more information: Booking and staying in a quarantine hotel if you’ve been in a red list country - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- If you are travelling from an amber or green list country, you will need to book COVID-19 travel tests before you travel to the United Kingdom. You can find out more here: Red, amber and green list rules for entering England - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- All new students will receive booking confirmation and an outline of the COVID-19 precautions we are taking.
- Our trusted partners can safely meet and greet students at the airport. All drivers will wear a facemask and they will have received COVID-19 health and safety training.
- We will provide health and safety training to all staff in relation to COVID-19.
- To maintain social distancing, we are limiting our class sizes, adjusting classroom seating, managing the flow of students in the centres, and staggering timetables and breaktimes.
- Posters are located throughout the centre to remind all persons to maintain social distancing and frequently wash hands.
- We will carry out increased cleaning during the day.
- We will take measures to ensure all accommodation is selected carefully to ensure student safety.
- Any trips and activities that may take place will be risk assessed for safety.
- All students will have QR code checks and declare they are well before entering our centres each day.
- Using infrared technology, we will take daily temperature checks of all students and staff as they enter each centre.
- Hand sanitiser gel will be freely available around the centres.
- All students will be expected to wear masks in communal spaces in the centres.
- All students will form class 'bubbles' so they will be able to remove masks in the classroom during the lesson if they wish.
- All staff will be provided with masks and/or visors to be worn at all times.
- We will provide a health and safety briefing to all students in relation to COVID-19.
- Our Student Support Officers will monitor the wellbeing of our students and they know the medical practices that are within a short distance of each school.
- If quarantine measures are in place on arrival, we will assist students to isolate safely in their accommodation and students can join their classes online during this time.
- If students display symptoms of COVID-19, we will assist students to isolate safely in their accommodation and students can join their classes online.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
It is important to remember that 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. We recommend regular testing where possible. You might be able to collect rapid lateral flow tests from your local pharmacy.
How can I prevent catching it?
- Wash hands your regularly for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
- Maintain social distancing where possible and, if social distancing is not possible, wear a face mask or visor.
- Use hand sanitiser where you are no able to wash your hands.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze but if you do not have a tissue available, use your sleeve (not your hand).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with those who may be sick.
If you are feeling unwell in the United Kingdom, you should stay home.
If you are worried about your symptoms and you are not sure what to do, you can use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service which can offer advice.
Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.