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English UK statement following the announcement of a national lockdown on 4 January 2020 600 230

Last reviewed: 6 January 2021

Covid-19 | English UK's information for agents

Everyone in our industry is facing unprecedented challenges during the Covid-19 crisis. We want to send a message of support to all those affected by the pandemic, and keep you updated on the situation in the UK.

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Covid-19: latest situation in the UK affecting English UK members

On 4 January 2021, the UK Prime Minister announced a new national lockdown for England, instructing people to stay at home. Similar actions are being taken by the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

English UK has recommended that its member centres review their risk assessments and switch temporarily to remote learning wherever possible.  

Agents should contact their teaching centre with any questions or concerns. 

English UK continues to provide essential business support to its members and to ask the UK Government for financial assistance for our sector.

In summer 2020 we published detailed Covid-19 secure guidance to help our member centres reopen safely. We will update our guidance for members as the situation changes, to support them in reopening safely. Since each member centre has a unique context, they will use the guidance differently. For details of the measures taken by each centre, agents should ask to see each of their partner's risk assessements. 


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Student emergency support during the Covid-19 pandemic

During the Covid-19 pandemic, English UK continues to support students. We will help students whose courses unexpectedly stopped in the event that a British Council accredited English language teaching centre ceases trading, by finding them an alternative course, free-of-charge.