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  1. Sorry, I was replying to an earlier message that you had replied to and quoting the original poster not you!
  2. You are making very big assumptions and speculating and generalising un-necessarily here - I can’t even begin to work out how you can say that all those children are “seasoned performance professionals” - honestly? And so what if they are? I am beyond baffled. How about we simply say well done to the children and wish them good luck at whatever school they may be attending, vocational or otherwise. That old mantra - be kind.
  3. Absolutely this! Being honest with your children, talking openly about options regularly and ensuring your child knows that they can jump off the train if it’s not for them , has to be the way to do this!
  4. I do think it’s important to remember that this last year has been really different aswell. Dance schools offered varying levels of classes through zoom during the Lockdowns (some had a super limited timetable, or offered nothing, some offered a full timetable etc), so naturally people may have looked elsewhere ... and there was lots available! Anyone with access to social media could find free ballet classes or teachers offering new online classes for all age ranges. And it’s also important to consider that just because multiple schools are posting the success of these children, doesn’t necessarily mean the children are “still” doing classes with them .... maybe it’s an opportunity for that teacher/dance school to celebrate that they’ve had some part in that child’s training at some point over the last couple of years or so?? Maybe this is naive of me, but I am super wary of social media!!
  5. Not sure if you’ve seen the latest email but they will accept a home test as long as you can report the results either via the government website or test and trace app 🙂
  6. You enter the results in test and trace when you go to an NHS testing centre (so if you have symptoms). All the work based lateral flow tests are entered through the government website but you still get a result from the NHS which is the evidence that Royal want to see.
  7. It will tell you where to report the result in the instructions
  8. Just so everyone knows, the school tests can’t be registered on the Test and Trace app as the barcode has to be reported to the government website rather than the app but you do then get a follow up result email from the NHS, which I have just confirmed with Royal is acceptable! I just wanted to clarify with them that there didn’t have to be evidence in our Test and Trace apps! Thought I’d let everyone know so nobody panics when you don’t get a code to input into the Test and trace app!
  9. Just make sure that the results are officially reported and you get a certificate. I have phoned a few places local to me that offer rapid Antigen testing but they just tell you the result rather than getting an official report confirming it!
  10. You will report the results of that test to the NHS (using the barcode) and get an official email and text confirming the test result, the name and DOB of the person taking the test.
  11. Thanks for sharing. The school tests (even though done at home) do provide an official result email from the NHS so they should be fine to use 🙂
  12. All the lateral flow tests that are being used by teaching staff and healthcare workers are self administered and self reported to the NHS. Even the secondary school children will be self administering their own tests at home once they have been shown how to do it over the first few weeks back at school ....!
  13. That’s not what I was told! They were quite happy with a self administered school test as long as the results were reported! As far as I am aware, most lateral flow tests are self administered even if you book to have it done somewhere - it’s only the antigen and pcr tests that are carried out by a healthcare worker/professional?
  14. Royal have told me that it’s fine to use one of the lateral flow tests from school as long as you can report the results and get confirmation back (eg it must have a barcode that is reported)
  15. Think Fourth Form Dance should be the next lot of results out - hopefully !!
  16. We have heard of lots of bad experiences with zoom auditions - you are completely reliant on zoom working on the day and your internet not playing up - so much stress and worry involved in that situation if something goes wrong. At least with a video you can film it when you feel happy and comfortable. There is no easy answer to any of this, but blaming the Associate providers seems a bit harsh in my opinion given that they are doing a great job and still providing a great experience for the children in these scary, sad times. My children quite enjoyed making their videos and like looking back on what they did. I do agree the cost is high for auditioning, especially if there isn’t clarity about how many spaces are available, but I’m guessing the panel still spend the same amount of time assessing as they would in person?????
  17. It’s pretty much the standard audition that they run in live auditions too so I’m not sure what you expect them to do - lots of people will be reapplying so already know the video format; you can’t expect them to change their audition process completely surely ? I’m sure people would moan if they did that too. I don’t think they have had any choice with their Associate Programmes - the centres that they use dictate when and how the can use the facilities and numbers in the groups have had to be changed. My experience of other Associate Schemes is exactly the same over the last 6 months - the groups have been split; the classes have been shortened etc. Even so my DC have still loved their Associate classes, whether that be for the few live sessions that they managed or for the online provision. It would be a shame to discourage your students based on this ongoing rubbish situation (which is out of everybody’s hands) given that if they were offered a place, they would have a wonderful time.
  18. Last year, Tring offered full time places from the first audition (which was a whole day thing including academic assessments) but invited candidates that they wanted to consider for funding to another, separate audition which was held in March I think. Not sure if it will work the same this year though ...
  19. We used Imovies to put the video together, then sent the movie toOneDrive and just pasted the link from OneDrive on either the application form or email.
  20. The only way we could upload was by dragging the video file into their OneDrive folder. When we pressed the upload button, nothing happened.
  21. I didn’t even see the part about filming it side on until I put the clips together, so ours is filmed from the front !!
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