Easing of Restrictions
After the UK’s worst health crisis in decades, restrictions are now being eased. We have been asking ourselves: How do we ensure the safety of our families and tutors when resuming face to face, in-home tutoring?
As shops and businesses begin to open, we know that every company will have given some thought to safety, employing a sensible approach, and giving careful consideration to their practices.
We are confident that our guidance and policies will help everyone working with us feel reassured that we have the safety of our families, students, and tutors in mind, first and foremost.
Safe Practice Policy
We have given careful consideration to every contact point and potential transfer of the virus within our workplaces.
This guidance has been shared with tutors and families to ensure that everyone stays safe and feels comfortable in the coming weeks and months. You can read our guidance here: COVID19 Teaching Safely. In addition to this, if families wish to stay with online learning, or create a blend of online and in-home tuition, that is perfectly welcome too.
It may feel quite strange to families to have people back into their homes, but following our guidelines, we hope, will reassure and soothe anxieties. Teaching face to face will need to be a mutual agreement between the tutor and our families. We completely understand that everyone has their own circumstances that need consideration.
Although elbow bumping or air hugging may not be the professional greeting that one is expecting, a simple hello at the door will really help to get things off to a good start. It may feel impolite, but it will, in the long run, be much safer for everyone.
For reassurance and peace of mind, we are asking families to sanitise the area where tuition takes place. We have also requested that handwashing facilities or a hygiene station is made available to our tutors on arrival. Our tutors will bring their own hand sanitiser to their lessons and all equipment will be completely sanitised between lessons. This includes shared items such as iPads, Laptops, calculators, and even pencils.
We will commit to reducing sharing any equipment but when this isn’t possible, families can rest assured that everything is virus-free!
Tutors may feel more comfortable sitting further away from students than usual. This is really unusual for us! As teachers as we are so used to having students right by our sides, helping and guiding them with their learning. We have also given consideration to not leaning over students and vice-versa!
Our tutors are experienced in both online tuition and face to face teaching. In the coming months, both families and tutors may have to isolate themselves with no symptoms. The flexibility of switching between online tuition and in-home tuition is going to be crucial to ensuring continuity and in everyone understanding how tuition can be delivered.
These have, indeed, been challenging times. We are confident that we can rise to the next challenge by teaching safely despite these unusual circumstances.