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Following UK government’s announcement on February 22nd 2021 on schools,  IH London resumed face-to-face teaching as of March 8th. 

IH London now offers face-to-face lessons in;

General English (From March 8th)

Executive English (From March 8th)

Teacher Training (From April 6th)

Foreign Languages (From April 12th)

 

IH London will also continue to offer online courses across all products as usual.

You can find out more information in these questions and answers, and on the UK government website. If you are unsure of anything, please contact the school.

As of the July 19th 2021, most restrictions in England have been lifted and we are more or less experiencing normal life again. Masks are still required on public transport in London, and it is advisable to try to meet friends and family outdoors where possible. However, restrictions in hospitality venues such as restaurants and cafes, shops, cinemas etc are no longer in place and the 2 meter rule has come to and end. 

Full details of the most recent changes can be found here on the UK Government website. 

If you are unsure of anything, please just ask us. Everyone at the school is here to help you.

 

From 04 October:

1. From the 04th October, the current traffic light system (Red / Amber / Green) will be replaced by a single Red list of countries and territories.

2. The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the Red list will depend on travellers’ vaccination status.

3. Fully vaccinated travellers (and travellers aged under 18) do not need to quarantine on arrival in England.

4. Eligible fully vaccinated travellers (and unvaccinated travellers aged under 18) will also no longer need to take a Pre Departure Test. Eligible vaccination programmes are listed here

5. Countries not on the Red list now include all EEA countries, Switzerland, the USA, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey and Taiwan. See here for more information

 

From the end of October:

1. From the end of October, eligible fully vaccinated passengers (and under 18s) from certain countries will be able to replace their mandatory Day 2 PCR Test with a cheaper Lateral Flow Test. Anyone testing positive will need to isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test, at no additional cost to the traveller.

2. Passengers who change flights or international trains during their journey will be able to follow the measures associated with their country of departure, rather than any countries they have transited through as part of their journey. Testing for unvaccinated passengers from non-red countries will include pre-departure tests, day 2 and day 8 PCR tests. Test to release remains an option to reduce self-isolation period.

Remaining requirements for fully-vaccinated travellers from non-Red list countries:

1. book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England

2. complete your passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England.

3. take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England. See guidance

 

 

At IH London the safety of our students is our top priority.  We have put clear safety measures in place to ensure our students and staff are protected.  Please see these measures below:

  • We have changed the times of our lessons, so students can travel to the school when it is quieter.
  • IH London encourages workplace testing and is providing rapid testing to staff and students in school.
  • Students and staff are asked to wear face coverings when in the class and when moving around the building.
  • Classrooms will be sanitized after each session.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available on each floor and in each classroom.
  • The school building will be deep-cleaned and sanitized every day

Yes, all our online courses are running as usual and we will continue to run our online courses.

We are currently offering Online courses for the following;

General English

Executive English 

Teacher Training

Foreign languages 

Evening Courses 

IH London has resumed face-to-face teaching as of March 8th. All schools in the UK have reopened for face-to-face teaching from this date.

IH London will offer face-to-face lessons in;

General English (From March 8th)

Executive English (From March 8th)

Foreign Languages (From April 12th)

 

All our usual accommodation options are available: both student residences and homestay.

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Find out more about the new safety measures in student residences.

If you are staying in Chapter Highbury each group of up to 5 residents sharing a kitchen are considered one household and this means you can socialise together indoors or outdoors. You must not mix with any other households indoors.

If you are staying at Chapter Kings Cross, where students have individual studios, you can elect one other person to mix with in a support bubble indoors and outdoors. Your support bubble must be organised through your Chapter Community Team.

If you are staying in homestay full board catering of breakfast, lunch and evening meals will be provided for the duration of quarantine.   

 

Residences

  • At the residences all common areas remain closed
  • 24 hour staffing for any assistance needed
  • Students will have their own kitchenware for shared kitchens. A self-managed rota system will be in place for kitchen use.
  • Shared kitchens will be deep cleaned once a week
  • No visitors are allowed in residences
  • As before, over 18s only in residences
  • If you need to quarantine at any point during your stay, IHL will provide support and help with food and other items that you need.
  • If you are staying in Chapter Highbury each group of up to 5 residents sharing a kitchen are considered one household and this means you can socialise together indoors or outdoors. You must not mix with any other households indoors.
  • If you are staying at Chapter Kings Cross, where students have individual studios, you can elect one other person to mix with in a support bubble indoors and outdoors. Your support bubble must be organised through your Chapter Community Team.
  • You must not meet socially with friends indoors unless they are part of your household or pre-agreed support bubble, this includes in your room or communal areas.
  • Ensure you follow the social distancing guidelines that are clearly marked out to allow for two metres between you and a fellow resident.
  • You must also wear a mask when moving around the building and make use of the hand sanitising points.

Find out how Chapter is keeping residences safe

 

Homestay

  • Host families will follow all government guidelines on social distancing
  • One student per household
  • Hosts will ensure communal areas are maintained to a high degree of cleanliness
  • If you need to quarantine at any point during your stay, hosts will provide support and help with food and other items that you need.
  • Your homestay family counts as one household and you can mix together indoors or outdoors.
  • Full board catering of breakfast, lunch and evening meals will be provided for the duration of quarantine.

 

We are currently running our social programme face-to-face and online, with a new  activity every weekday. 

Examples include:

  • Bikes rides and park visits 
  • Walking and photo tours of London
  • Tennis 

12th April marked the next phase of changes on what you can and cannot do in London. Further lockdown rules have been lifted, however there are still some restrictions in place to ensure the spread of the virus is maintained.

What you can and can’t do in London 

Most hospitality and public buildings are now open and with spring in full bloom, many outdoor events such as fetes, fairs sporting activities (in support bubbles) can now take place.

You can:

  • Meet with friends and family outdoors in a group of up to 6 from any number of household.
  • Meet in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible) 
  • You can do unlimited exercise outdoors on your own, in a group of 6 people or in a larger group of any size from up to 2 households (and support bubbles, if eligible).
  • Indoor leisure facilities and gyms are open for you to exercise on your own, or with your household or support bubble.
  • You can visit parks, public gardens, grounds of heritage sites, playgrounds.
  • Non essential shops are now open so you can go shopping for most things now as well as food shopping (follow all safety precautions: socially distance, wear a mask, use hand sanitiser)
  • Outdoor areas at hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs, including in members’ clubs) are open. Full list of business that are open can be found on the UK government website. 
  • You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops, public transport, theatres, museums, galleries, bars, restaurants and cafes)

Remember: Hands, Face, Space

  • Hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds each time
  • Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • Space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)

Full details of what you can and can’t do in London here 

If you are unsure of anything, please just ask us. Everyone at the school is here to help you.

 

Cafes, restaurants, bars and supermarkets are open as usual.

Face masks may still need to be worn inside some establishments as advised.  

 

Students need to let us know immediately if they feel unwell.

They can notify us by call, WhatsApp, text or the IH London emergency number. Full details will be given in their starter pack.

We have protocols in place for this situation and will make sure the student who is ill is well cared for, and that other students are safe.

Yes, we are still running our online courses. They have been very popular and are now part of our permanent range of courses.

Our online English courses are a great way to prepare for your trip to the UK and to keep practising your English after you return home. They are also a great alternative if you are unable to travel. View our online English courses

We are currently offering Online courses for the following;

General English

Executive English 

Teacher Training

Foreign languages 

Evening Courses 

We are here to help you learn in the best possible way for you. We’d like to hear from you if you have any other questions about visiting us or anything else we can help you with.

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