Following the government’s announcement yesterday I wanted to write to you and explain our current position. Many people will understandably be feeling anxious about COVID-19 and what might happen both in the short and long term. Concerns around health, social and economic impacts are affecting all families at the moment. I want to ensure that we can support your children throughout this difficult time.
While we appreciate that there are huge concerns around the spread of the virus, we are steadfast in our belief that our centre is COVID safe and poses an extremely limited risk in terms of transmission levels. We do not want to have to close our in-centre sessions as we believe that children’s education and mental well-being is of paramount importance. We are aware that there is further guidance being released on Tuesday 3rd November following planned parliamentary discussions and that we will then know whether the closure of retail and leisure includes our tuition centre, or if we are allowed to remain open since we are an education company. We will be sending out an email with a decision on Wednesday 4th November. The tuition sessions planned up until this date will go ahead as planned.
As you are aware, we have gone to enormous lengths to ensure safety in our sessions. We are pleased to say that we have not had a single case of COVID-19 among any of our staff or students. In terms of the safety measures we have put the following policies in place:
- Staff wear PPE at all times.
- There is a two-metre rule for teachers when delivering their lessons.
- Pupils are in small bubbles of 6.
- Pupils are one metre apart at all times – even when seated in sessions.
- Full ventilation of the premises while pupils and staff are present.
- Tutors follow a thorough cleaning protocol after every session, using anti-viral liquid on all surfaces and equipment which pupils and staff are in contact with.
Staff at Smart 11+ Tuition have been working very hard over the weekend to ensure that we are prepared for the potential closure of the in-centre group teaching. We want to mitigate against the negative impact this will cause by ensuring all of our sessions are still delivered each week. In the instance of a centre closure, we would do this using an online method of delivery in the form of Zoom, continuing to use all the existing resources we use in-centre and still in the same small groups. We remain hopeful that this will not have to be the case but we are pleased to say that we are prepared if it is.
As ever, the main priority remains the health, safety and wellbeing of our community. This includes the academic and mental health of your child, we will ensure that whatever the future holds your child will be supported by us. We will give them the tools to progress academically regardless of whether the delivery method is in-centre or online.
I will be in touch with further information on Wednesday morning.
With best wishes,
Principal at Smart 11+ Tuition