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- We keep you up to date with all the school's news.
- We give you tips on how to improve your English skills or prepare for English examinations.
- We also offer advice for travelling to the UK when preparing for a study trip.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has indicated there will be some "opening up" of foreign travel on 17 May - but said it was important to be cautious.
Foreign holidays are currently banned, but a traffic light system of rules is going to be introduced with countries classed as green, amber or red.
Travellers to green countries will not need to isolate on their return, but they will need to take a Covid test.
Arrivals from amber countries will need to quarantine, while red-list countries have the strictest rules, with only UK or Irish nationals allowed to return and they must pay to stay in a government quarantine hotel.
The government is considering a four-tier traffic light system that could allow people to travel abroad this summer.
Green list countries would have no travel restrictions attached but those coming from nations on the yellow list would need testing and/or vaccination certificates but no quarantine.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement to the House of Commons on the roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions in England. In his statement on 22 February, he outlined how lockdown restrictions will be eased in England.
English UK has published a statement in response to the announcement. English UK says that the details of the plans to ease lockdown restrictions across the UK have been widely published in the media and the full roadmap document for England runs to 60+ pages. Below they highlight the following sections at this time:
The Department for Transport will lead a successor to the Global Travel Taskforce, with an ambition to develop a framework that can facilitate greater inbound and outbound travel as soon as the time is right, while still managing the risk from imported cases and variants.
The Taskforce will report to the Prime Minister and work with UK representatives of the travel sector, including airlines and airports. It will report on 12 April, with recommendations aimed at facilitating a return to international travel as soon as is possible, while still managing risk from imported cases and Variants of Concern. Following that, the Government will determine when international travel should resume, which will be no earlier than 17 May.
See page 41 of the full roadmap document for more details.
Social distancing measures
Before 21 June, the Government will complete a review of social distancing measures and other long-term measures that have been put in place to limit transmission. The results of the review will help inform decisions on the timing and circumstances under which rules on 1m+, face masks and other measures may be lifted. The review will also inform guidance on working from home - people should continue to work from home where they can until this review is complete.
It is our understanding from the Department for Education that a new solution will be developed to provide home testing for the staff and students at independent training providers from the end of March. Testing will remain voluntary but recommended. We will confirm details and keep you posted. Before the 31 March, local authorities are offering asymptomatic testing to workers who cannot work from home and wider communities.
The Pharmaceutical Journal gave access to its research in order to help healthcare professionals stay informed about an issue of national importance. We thought our students could benefit from the results of this research.
Extract from the article:
The biggest vaccination programme in the UK’s history began on 8 December 2020 when Margaret Keenan, who was then aged 90 years, was vaccinated at University Hospital, Coventry, with a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured and developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.
By 27 January 2021, more than six million people had received a vaccination, with nearly 450,000 people being given two doses of a vaccine. But how is the programme arranged, and how are pharmacies and the pharmacy profession getting involved?
Who is getting the vaccine first?
The Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which advises UK health departments on immunisation, updated its prioritisation of patients to receive the vaccine on 2 December 2020.
The first four cohorts to be vaccinated are: residents in a care home for older adults and their carers; all those aged 80 years and over, and frontline health and social care workers; people aged 75 years and over; and everyone aged 70 years and over, and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals.
Which vaccines have been authorised?
On 2 December 2020, the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 became the first COVID-19 vaccine that could be administered in the UK when it was authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
Data from BioNTech and Pfizer suggest that it is more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 when two doses are given.
The MHRA has since authorised a vaccine manufactured by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, which also requires two doses, but can be kept at regular refrigeration temperatures.
Another vaccine, developed by Moderna, has also been approved, but supplies will not be available in the UK until spring 2021.
Other vaccines, such as those manufactured by Novavax and Janssen, are currently in phase III clinical trials. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine candidates and trials, read our list of ten things pharmacists should know about COVID-19 vaccines.
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10th February 2021
The Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced new the measures in the House of Commons on Tuesday. He also revealed that anyone caught lying to conceal visits to "red list" countries could face up to ten years in prison.
The new scheme was described by Matt Hancock as ‘mission critical’, which will start on February 15.
‘Passengers will only be able to enter the UK through a small number of ports that currently account for the vast majority of passenger arrivals,’ Mr Hancock told the House of Commons. ‘When they arrive they will be escorted to a designated hotel which will be closed to guests who aren’t quarantining, for 10 days, or for longer if they test positive for Covid-19 during their stay.’
What is the "Red List"? (see table below)
A list of countries where mutant variants of Covid-19 are on the rise.
What is the charge?
- The charge is £1,750 per person. All passengers must book and pay for their ‘quarantine package’ online via a booking system, which will go live on Thursday, before they travel.
- The fee will cover the hotel stay for 10 days in a Government-approved hotel, transport to the accommodation, food and Covid-19 testing.
- Passengers will not even be allowed a choice of hotels. Mr Hancock said 16 hotels have so far been contracted with 4,600 rooms available but more will be secured in the coming days.
Who has to pay?
- All UK nationals, Irish nationals or those with UK residence rights, coming back from the countries that are on the “red list”.
- There will be compulsory tests before they fly.
- Tourists and foreign citizens from these countries are not allowed to enter at all.
Which are the 33 countries on the Red List?
22nd January 2021
Are the Covid vaccination programmes working?
Many factors will determine how soon scientists can detect the impact of vaccines on the pandemic. Among them are the extent of vaccine coverage, the effectiveness of shots at preventing disease and infection, and the rate of viral transmission.
Israel and the United Arab Emirates are leading the world in vaccine coverage. The two nations have vaccinated roughly one-quarter of their populations — more than two million people each. Other nations, such as the United Kingdom and Norway, have targeted their vaccination programmes at high-risk groups. Britain has vaccinated more than 4 million people, mostly health-care workers and older people, including those living in care homes; Norway has immunized all residents living in nursing homes, some 40,000 people.
(Source: Nature Portfolio - full article)
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5th January 2021
Last night the UK government announced a nationwide lockdown until 14th February. They will review the restrictions after the February halfterm.
As a result and in line with the UK government guidelines, we are temporarily moving all class based classes online, with the same number of lessons per week as in school. If students do not wish to transfer to online courses, they will be offered a credit note valid for two years from the course start date.
Not all news is bad news! As you know the UK Government is carrying out a massive vaccination programme and we hope that this will enable the world to return back to normality. In fact, we are counting on it!
If you have any questions you would like to discuss, call the office on +44 208 346 9802 or request a Zoom call by emailing on firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here for you.
Covid-19: The Prime Minister announced a four-week England lockdown before Christmas but unlike the restrictions in spring, all educational establishments can remain open.
Therefore, Lexis School of English to remain open during second lockdown in England !
Here at Lexis our priority is always the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff members. We will therefore continue to monitor the situation and act in accordance with advice from the government and English UK and will post further updates as necessary.
Under the new restrictions:
- People are being told to stay at home unless they have a specific reason to leave, such as work which cannot be done from home and education
- And people are also allowed to leave home for exercise medical reasons, food and other essential shopping and providing care for vulnerable people or for volunteering
- Meeting indoors or in private gardens will not be allowed
- But individuals can meet one other person from another household outside in a public place
- Pubs, bars, restaurants and non-essential retail across the nation will close but takeaways and click-and-collect shopping can remain open
- Leisure and entertainment venues, including gyms, will also close
- Construction sites and manufacturing workplaces can remain open
- People are still allowed to form support bubbles
- Children can move between homes if their parents are separated
- Clinically vulnerable people are asked to be "especially careful" but people are not being asked to resume shielding
Please note: For all future bookings, there are no charges for cancelling or postponing a course.
For details, please check here
The United Kingdom exited the European Union on 31 January 2020.
Good news! EU and non-EU citizens will be treated equally. The UK is still open!
Please check here for the government's policy statement .
Non - EU, EEA members or Swiss citizens wanting to visit the UK - for up to 6 months will need a valid national passport, and will need to apply for a Standard Visitors Visa
You will not need a visa to come to the UK. You can stay in the UK as a student for up to 6 months without a visa.
Business visitors and tourists will be all able to come in as visitors, which means business people and tourists are free to study for the whole of their stay if they want to.
You must provide a valid passport or travel document. Your passport should be valid for the whole of your stay in the UK.
You may also be asked to prove that:
- you’ve been accepted on to a course by an accredited institution, for example a letter of acceptance on official headed paper stating the course name, duration and cost
- your research or training is relevant to the course you’re studying overseas, for example a letter from your home education institution describing how it’s relevant
- you’re able to support yourself and your dependents during your trip (or have funding from someone else to support you)
- you’re able to pay for your return or onward journey (or have funding from someone else)
- you’ve arranged accommodation for your stay
- you’ll leave the UK at the end of your visit
You’ll need a visa to study in the UK but the visa you apply for depends on your circumstances.
If you’re studying on an English language course for up to 11 months, apply for a Short-term study visa.
Or if you’re aged 4 to 17 and coming to study at an independent school, apply for a Child Student visa.
If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen living in the UK by 31 December 2020, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021. It’s free to apply to the scheme.
As of January 2021, the Student visa has replaced the Tier 4 (General) student visa.
3rd September 2020
FACE TO FACE CLASSES ARE STARTING AGAIN!
We are delighted to announce that we will be starting face to face lessons again in our school building from Monday 7th September.
For details about how we are making Lexis Covid secure, please read the FAQs post in this blog and click on the following link:
Class sizes are strictly limited, so don't delay. Book your course now to guarantee your place and avoid disappointment!
10th August 2020
BESPOKE DISCOVER LONDON COURSE - COMING SOON!
Our Bespoke Discover London programme is ideal for one-to-one courses and small groups (2-5 Students) and allows you to have a unique personal learning experience with Lexis School of English in London, created just for you.
There is a daily programme of morning, afternoon and some evening activities included in the package. You will learn and improve your English whilst exploring London during the week and will have the opportunity to visit other UK cities at the weekend.
Your very own tutor will accompany you and guide you throughout this Bespoke Discover London programme.
The Bespoke Discover London Course is available from Monday 7th September.
For more information or to book your course, please click on the link below:
Last Updated 16th September 2020
LEXIS REOPENING - FAQs
Please note: These FAQs will be updated as necessary. At all times we will follow the latest advice from UK Government and Public Health England:
As we mentioned in our previous blog entry, we have been busy getting ready to welcome students and staff back to Lexis. Now we are delighted to announce that we will be reopening our school very soon. For more information, read on!
1. When will Lexis School of English reopen for face-to-face classes?
From Monday 7th September we will reopen for face-to-face group and 1-1 lessons. This includes both our normal year-round classes as well as our Bespoke Discover London courses (especially for 1-1s and small groups).
For more details, please click on the following links:
2. Can I book classes before 7th September?
Yes, of course!
Our school building has been closed since 20th March 2020 in line with government / English UK advice. However, since 20th April, we have been running online lessons., which have been highly successful. Students who never experienced online learning before have commented on the fact that it has been a very positive experience.
To find out more about our online classes, click here:
3. How will you make sure that learning English is a safe and secure experience for everybody?
The situation with COVID-19 is continuously evolving. Therefore we will be checking daily for the latest advice from UK Government and Public Health England and will make any necessary changes to our policies.
We take the safety of our staff, students, partners and visitors very seriously and we have introduced a number of measures to ensure we create a secure learning environment. All our actions are guided by the latest English UK and UK Government advice.
- Smaller class sizes – Maximum 10 students in order to comply with social distancing guidelines.
- Social distancing throughout the school – at least 1 metre, plus additional measures. Floor markings, poster and signs will help show the required distance.
- No mixing with other classes. Students will stay with their class in their classroom.
- Classrooms will be separate from each other e.g. on separate floors of the building.
- Only one teacher will be allocated to each class.
- During breaktime, students will either stay in their classroom or may leave the building, providing they maintain social distancing on the stairs and remember to sanitise their hands upon re-entry.
- Hand sanitising stations throughout the school. Everyone must wash / sanitise their hands upon entering the building and at regular intervals while on the school premises.
- Only one person may use the stairs at a time to avoid crossing and unnecessary contact.
- To aid ventilation, windows and doors will be left open as much as possible. Fans will also be used in hot weather.
- Classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day.
- Toilets will be cleaned regularly throughout the day.
- Where possible, digital materials will be used instead of handouts.
- Students will have their own copy of the course book and this will not be shared with others.
- Where possible, we will operate a ‘virtual’ reception. Students will be encouraged to email any requests or arrange an online meeting via Skype or Zoom.
- If students need to speak face-to-face with reception, they must book an appointment. Only one student at a time will be allowed in the reception area.
- Everybody (students and teachers) must wear a face covering from the moment they arrive at the school until they leave, apart from when they are in their classroom.
4. What will happen before I arrive?
When you book your course, you will complete our online registration process . This means that we will already have all the necessary contact information we require, such as your contact details in your country and the UK, your UK address and your travel arrangements (if applicable).
5. Will I have to quarantine when I arrive in the UK?
On 10th July 2020 the UK government published a list of countries and territories from where you can travel to England and may not have to self-isolate.
For more information, including what to do if you need to self-isolate, please click on the link below.
6. Do I need to bring anything?
Wearing face coverings is now mandatory on public transport and in shops in England.
We recommend bringing at least a week’s supply of face coverings and hand sanitiser with you. If you require more, these can be bought here in London. Home-made face coverings are acceptable, as long as they completely cover your nose and mouth. Face coverings / masks are only effective for up to 4hours, so if you need to wear one for longer periods, you will need to carry 2 or 3 with you and change as necessary.
For your classes, you will need to bring enough pens, pencils, paper and any other stationery items you want to use as you will not be able to share another student's stationery.
7. What will happen if I have to cancel or postpone my course at the last minute?
You may now cancel up to 7 days before your course start date and you will receive a full refund.
You may postpone your course for up to 2 years.
So you can now book with confidence!
8. How can I get to and from the airport safely?
We can organise safe airport transfers to take you to your accommodation. All vehicles are sanitised. The driver will wear a facemask and will have received COVID-19 health and safety training.
9. What if somebody gets COVID-19 after the school has reopened?
If this happens, we may need to close the school for up to 2 days for deep cleaning. Any lessons you have during this time will either take place online or will be added to the end of your course (at our discretion).
If you feel unwell and suspect you have COVID-19 symptoms, you must tell us immediately if you are on site or call the school.
If you are at school, we will send you home.
You will need to self-isolate for a minimum of 7 days. Your host family or other people in your accommodation will also need to self-isolate for 14 days. The school will keep in regular contact with you to check you are well and have everything you need. You can also contact the school at any time if you need to.
10. What will happen if the school has to close for a long period?
If the government orders schools to close again, you will not lose any lessons. You can either transfer your course online or freeze your course.
11. Help! My question isn’t answered here!
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22nd June 2020
GETTING READY TO WELCOME YOU BACK
Since March our school has been closed for face-to-face lessons. During that time we have been running online classes which have been very successful.
Now, the news is that we are moving towards re-opening the school building. We know how important it is for you to study in a safe learning environment and we have been working hard to make sure that Lexis is just that.
More details to follow, so watch this space .....
20th April 2020
LEARN ENGLISH ONLINE WITH LEXIS
Looking to learn English while you're at home? Here at Lexis School of English we now offer online English courses; Virtual, interactive live classes blended with our self-access online learning platform.
Our Virtual Classroom is powered by Zoom conferencing technology. Our experienced teachers use effective online teaching methods with a variety of purpose-built online teaching platforms and also PowerPoint presentations, video clips, customised teaching materials, course books and authentic supplementary materials.
20th March 2020
As all of our thoughts are on the COVID-19 situation which is evolving rapidly, we wanted to share an update on how we are responding.
Keeping our students and employees safe is our most important priority, so we have decided to close our building for the foreseeable future. All our office phones have been redirected and we are monitoring our emails regularly.
We will continue to regularly assess this developing situation and follow directives from the Government & Public Health England. Rest assured that we are taking every precaution and do our utmost to ensure our staff, families and students are safe.
We are currently offering online English courses; Virtual, interactive live classes blended with our self-access online learning platform. Our online programme delivers high-quality face-to-face interactive online courses. We have always striven to give our students confidence in their learning and focused on our student’s goals. We proudly provide high-quality teaching in a student focused and supportive environment. For any enquiries regarding our virtual courses, please contact us.
We hope everyone stays safe during this time. As we go forward, we'll be sure to keep you updated.
12th December 2019
LEXIS IS NOW A BRITISH COUNCIL ACCREDITED SCHOOL
We are thrilled to announce that our school is accredited by the British Council and English UK.
Lexis has always striven to give its students confidence in their learning and focused on their student’s goals. We proudly provide high-quality teaching in a student focused and supportive environment. Having this accreditation:
- Assures quality to international students;
- Indicates that our teachers are experienced and fully qualified;
- Allows us to offer student visas;
Demonstrates that we have met or exceeded the agreed quality standards in management, resources and environment, teaching, and welfare and care of under 18s.