During the latter half of June momentum has been building in our business rates relief campaign. We thank all members who continue to support our ongoing work in this area.
Project delivery partners English UK, British Council, and IATEFL will celebrate the success of the project, which provided language training over to 2,000 English language teachers across the world in 2020/21. And we will hear stories from some of the language centres and teachers that participated.
MPs and peers will lobby the government with recommendations for supporting UK ELT after an evidence session discussing the impact of Covid-19 and Brexit on the sector.
Mark Rendell and Shoko Doherty have been voted the new chair and vice-chair of the English UK Board of Trustees. Both are active members of the ELT industry, running schools in England and Wales. They play a major role in representing the sector both locally and nationally, and believe their experience will be invaluable in helping the industry tackle the challenge of rebuilding after Covid-19 and the withdrawal of EU freedom of movement.
Our 'Get ready for summer' event focussed on the logistics and preparation needed for member to operate in summer 2021.
There will be no weekly update and Q&A session on Friday 11 June.
Once again we are hugely disappointed that the government's first review of its traffic-light system not only sees no new countries added to its green list but also contains no indication of when and how countries might be moved to green in future. This is in contrast to the announcement from the Irish government today that arrivals from the EU and elsewhere with a vaccine certificate or a negative Covid-19 test will be welcome there from 19 July without quarantine and other restrictions.
One of our next campaigning actions is to orchestrate a 'post-bag' mailout to UK MPs from all political parties so that the issues we face are top of mind when we contact MPs for the next phase of the campaign.