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We are opening on the 7th September 2020

We have made our school a very safe place to come to!

We are delighted to inform our students that we will be opening  LanguageUK for face to face teaching in the classroom from Monday 7th September 2020. We are slowly starting to prepare and welcome back staff and students. English UK have given us information and guidelines along with the Government guidelines to ensure a safe re-opening for English language centres across the United Kingdom.

We have been busy implementing all risk assessments, health and safety of the building and we are now ready to open!
The main focus of LanguageUK is to retain the health and wellbeing of students and staff in the wake of this pandemic and to make sure Covid-19 remains outside the school buildings. One thing we do have is a very large spacious school.

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Updates 18th January 2021

When you arrive in the UK, you will need to bring extra documentation because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You will need to have:

  • a completed passenger locator form
  • proof of a negative coronavirus test from 4am on 18 January

You will need to provide a negative coronavirus test to travel to the UK from 18 January

You must have proof of a negative coronavirus test if you are arriving after 4am on 18 January.

You must bring your test results even if:

All travel corridors for people arriving in England are suspended.

You will need to self-isolate 

Here at LanguageUK we can offer you the option to self-isolate in our residential quarantine house.  We have staff available to offer the support you need throughout this time.

If you want to know more, please do not hesitate to ask.

New Updates on travel to England 8th January 2021

  • all international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure
  • passengers will be subject to an immediate fine of £500 if they fail to comply with the new regulations on pre-departure testing
  • all passengers arriving from countries not on the government’s travel corridor list will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of test result
  • passengers will still be required to fill in a passenger locator form and be subject to national lockdown restrictions

Passengers arriving from all international destinations will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for England to help protect against new strains of coronavirus circulating internationally.

A negative pre-departure test reduces the risk of someone travelling whilst infectious, acting as another safeguard to prevent imported infections. Passengers arriving from countries not on the government’s travel corridor list

must self-isolate for 10 days regardless of their pre-departure test result to provide further robust protection from those travelling from high-risk countries.

Prior to departure passengers will need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to carriers, as well as their passenger locator form.

The UK Border Force will conduct spot checks on arrival into England to ensure that passengers are fully compliant.

Passengers arriving into England who have successfully demonstrated a negative result prior to departure from a country not on the travel corridor list will still have the option to reduce the self-isolation period from 10 to as little as 5 days by paying for a test through the Test to Release scheme.

The scheme requires a test to be taken on or after the fifth full day since leaving a country not on the travel corridor list.

UPDATE 6TH JAN 2021

LanguageUK is open for online and keeping our students safe is our absolute priority.

You can book with confidence.

After the Prime minister’s announcement of a national lockdown in England on the 4th January 2021 we have now moved into a lock down until the 15th February 2021.

As a result, we will be moving all our face-to face classes online with the same number of lessons per week.

Any students due to arrive between now and the 15th February 2021 are welcome to postpone their course or transfer to online.

Our priority throughout the Covid-19 pandemic has been the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, and the wider community.

LanguageUK has a strong focus on mental health and wellbeing and is acutely aware of the challenges our students face now.

In the meantime, England is rolling out a mass vaccination programme and we hope we will all feel the benefit of this soon.

New updates to travel to the UK and testing arrivals

‘Test to Release’ for students arriving in England from 15 December 2020 

Passengers arriving into England who are traveling from countries not featured on the government’s travel corridor list. will have the option to take a test after five days of self-isolation. A negative result will release them from the need to isolate for a full 14 days.

  • Arrivals must self-isolate for five days post-arrival before taking the test rather than taking it at their port of arrival
  • Arrivals can take the test on or after day five of their isolation period
  • The test can be taken at home or at a private provider’s testing site (the government will provide a list of approved providers)
  • If they test negative, they will then be able to stop self-isolating immediately
  • Passengers are advised to book the test before arrival and provide details of their test date on their passenger locator form
  • Arrivals who book their test after arrival will need to resubmit their passenger locator form.

More on England’s Test to Release strategy for international arrivals

All arrivals will need to provide details of where they are staying for the first 14 days by completing the Public Health Passenger Locator Form before they travel, and showing their completed form at the UK border, either printed or on their phone. Information can be submitted up to 48 hours before arrival.

Those choosing not to take a test when arriving from a non-exempt country must continue to follow the current self-isolation requirements  (2 weeks).

 

UPDATE : COVID-19: UK isolation period shortened to 10 days

Self-isolation for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus will be shortened from 14 to 10 days across the UK from Monday.

The change will also apply to people instructed to quarantine after returning from high-risk countries.

And it means anyone who has been self-isolating for 10 days or more will be able to end their quarantine on Monday.

The 10-day period is counted from the day after you leave a non-exempt country, or territory or island. A non-exempt country, or territory or island is any country, or territory or island that is not on the travel corridors list.

There will be a number of safety measures in place at the school so students can learn safely together while maintaining social distance

  • Building access clearly communicated through signage.
  • Class sizes will be 6 maximum to maintain social distancing.
  • The bubble approach.
  • Keeping groups of students and staff together and reducing contact with other groups of students this will mainly come into play when our junior programmes restart.
  • Cleaning stations in each classroom are provided along with hand sanitiser, wipes and spray disinfectant.
  • Classrooms will be sanitized after each session.
  • Classroom doors will be left open and all windows will be open to aid ventilation and to avoid students and staff touching doors.
  • All classrooms in use will be cleaned every day.
  • Hand sanitiser is available on every floor and in the reception area when you walk in.
  • Break times will be staggered.
  • The location of classes will be staged across different floors to ensure separation is maintained.
  • We have a one-way system around the school which will be explained, this includes stairwells one for going up and another for coming down.
  • We have toilet facilities on each floor with clear instructions for use which will be explained. The toilets will be cleaned 4 times a day.
  • Online and digital resources will be used instead of hard copies.
  • There will be no reception available but you will be met at the front door by administration staff who will be in masks. For now we shall set up a virtual reception and will ask copies of your passport to be sent digitally and any meetings you would require this can be done by WhatsApp, Facetime, Zoom….. when we feel we can lift the virtual reception we will be able to face to face which is preferable.
  • As per Government instructions all students must bring with you face masks this is now compulsory for any Public transport in England for Shops and now for wearing in the school at all times.  Under these new rules Police are able to fine up to £100 if you are not wearing a mask on Public transport and in the shops.
  • Teachers will wear masks depending on Government guidance and will maintain social distancing.
  • We have two conference rooms available for larger classes or specialist courses to accommodate up to 10 in one and 20 in another.
  • Our canteen area and garden is also available and has now been set up to include social distancing.
  • There is no kitchen access for students.

FAQ's

What will happen before I arrive? Download our Student Pre-Arrival Pack

Copies of passports to be sent online so we do not have to handle the passports. If this is not possible staff will wear gloves.

All placement testing will be done before arrival.

 

How will my first day at LanguageUK be?

Inductions will be taking place from our large conference/activity room and will be set up according to the latest social distance 1M.

Full registration will take place online

Students will be asked to fill in a medical form before departure.

What will happen if the Quarantine law is still in place in the UK?

Students from some countries might have to quarantine for 2 weeks.  We have made sure you can safely quarantine with us in one of our residential houses. U18 will be in homestay only.  Please be aware visitors arriving during the quarantine period will need to complete the Public Health Passenger Locator Form before you travel online. You will need to show your completed form at the UK border, either printed or on your phone. You must submit your form online up to 48 hours before travel. You will need to give border control the address of where you are staying and how you are travelling there, (we would suggest you book a private transfer with LanguageUK).

https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

If I am asked to go into 14 days quarantine on arrival, how will you support this?

You will be able to quarantine at our student residence or and if you are under 18 at the homestay with your host. We are here to help you with everything whilst quarantining.  You will be able to start your course and learn online with whilst you wait for the 14 days to finish.

Please see the latest information on how to quarantine using the link below. Please don’t worry we will be here to support you every step of the way:

Please see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk

How will I get to and from the airport safely?

For now, we suggest booking a transfer with us one student per taxi. The taxi will be cleaned and sanitised after every journey.

How will I travel to the school?

We are possibly looking at staggering start times or starting later to avoid rush hour traffic, this will be confirmed.

You can walk to the school from our residential in 5 minutes and we shall endeavour to put you in walking distance to the school with one of our homestay providers, however we cannot guarantee this. Public transport is running again you will have to wear a mask on all buses and please make sure you wash your hands thoroughly.

Will there be a social activity programme available?

The social activity outside of lessons plays an important part for all students.  We will be able to provide local and as many outdoor activities as possible. There will be a minimal use of public transport, and we will only offer activities where we can adhere to the correct social distancing measures. As per government guidance we will not be offering day trips to other cities or places until it is safe to do so.

From the 4th July 2020, the UK Government has said museums, galleries, restaurants and many more attractions will be able to reopen with safety measures in place.

You will be able to socialise with other students up to 6 students from the 4th July 2020 1M apart, and we would suggest outdoors only, we do have many lovely areas in Canterbury for you all to explore safely.  We are hoping to have further restrictions lifted by the end of August 2020. This will be updated accordingly.

What happens if I develop symptoms of covind-19 whilst attending LanguageUK?

Students need to contact our emergency phone straight away if they feel unwell.  All students will be given full details in their pre-arrival guidance pack. We will make sure the student who is ill is well cared for and other students and staff are safe.

Will online courses still be available from the 31st August 2020?

Yes

Will I be required to fill in any forms for my departure?

Students will be asked to fill in a medical form before departure.

Any other questions please contact info@languageuk.com

Updates can also be found on

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Accommodation

What are the accommodation options? Download our Student Pre-Arrival Pack

 Accommodation options that are available is homestay and residential.

All our homestay providers will have been reviewed by the end of August 2020 and re-inspected online with new covid-19 homestay risk assessments by our accommodation officer Joanna Galek. Any questions please email accommodation@languageuk.com

Homestay providers will follow the government guidelines on social distancing.

One student per household unless they are from the same family.

Homestay hosts will adhere to a high standard of cleaning throughout your stay.

Our two residential houses are being prepared now with a deep clean and we will be keeping one house empty for quarantine students only.

Students will have a self-managed rota system for use in the shared kitchen.

Shared kitchens will be deep cleaned once a week.

Over 18’s only allowed in the residential houses.

No visitors allowed.

Preparations for Re-opening with Covid-19 Precautions

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