Key Announcements and Updates

Tier 4 Restrictions - 31st December 2020

Thursday, December 31, 2020 by Ross Hammond BSc (Hons), AMBCS, PGCE, MISM | COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update - From December 31st 2020 

As I am sure you all know, Gloucester (along with many other areas) has now been placed in Tier 4 from 31st December 2020. As such my regulator, the ISM, has stated that whilst limited in-person lessons are permitted in tiers 1 to 3, they are not permitted in tier 4, which is essentially a lockdown. 

Therefore in January, all lessons will be taught online, in the usual way. Fortunately, as the majority of students are taught online at the moment you won't notice a change and your lessons will continue as normal. However there are a few additional lesson spaces which have been released online to book now. 

Students may chose between online and in-person lessons again

  Wednesday, December 2, 2020 by Ross Hammond BSc (Hons), AMBCS, PGCE, MISM | COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update - Wednesday 2nd December 2020
As I am sure you are all aware by now, the national lockdown will end on Wednesday 2nd December 2020 when the country will move to a new tier system.
Firstly, I hope you are all safe and well - we have made it through a second lockdown (just about!).
Currently, Gloucester is going to be set at tier two and I have been in consultation with my regulator's legal team since Monday to discuss what this means for my teaching practice, with particular reference to whether or not in-person lessons are permitted.
My regulator, the ISM, have concluded from the guidance and other Government advice sought, that I am permitted to teach a limited number in-person lessons subject to being COVID secure and provided that I wear PPE and socially distance whilst teaching. They recommend that where students are being taught online they continue this as in-person lessons may be subject to short notice cancellation, should Government departments change their rules at the last minute (we all know they have a habit of doing that!). My regulator will update me immediately should this happen.
Therefore from Wednesday 2nd December, all as before, students may chose between in-person or online lessons as they wish. For students wishing to have an in-person lesson, they must:

  • Text message the day before their booked lesson, to request it to be in-person (I must carry out COVID secure checks). If an in-person lesson isn't requested the day before, I will assume you wish to have your lesson online.

  • Follow the risk assessment (to be updated - COVID-19 page) at all times, which includes: students being collected at the brown doors; only students being permitted in the teaching room and wearing a face covering (unless medically exempt - proof may be required) 
Students who are: self-isolating, have been instructed to self-isolate or have any cold, flu or COVID symptoms must not attend any lessons in-person during that time. 

Best wishes, 

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