Around 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus (COVID-19) have no symptoms. By rolling out rapid testing to schools and universities at pace we are helping to uncover hidden cases of the virus, break the chains of transmission and stopping outbreaks before they get a chance to develop.
Students in secondary schools and colleges are currently testing on site – 3 tests, each 3 to 5 days apart – using Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs) as part of the rapid asymptomatic testing programme. Robust evaluations from PHE and the University of Oxford show that LFD tests are accurate, reliable and successfully identify those with coronavirus (COVID-19) who could pass on the virus without realising. The tests have extremely low rates of false positives. LFD tests taken on test sites, such as on school and college grounds, do not need a confirmatory PCR test. This is because these tests are done in a controlled environment and trained staff read the results.
If a pupil or student received a supervised school-based LFD test, as part of the rapid asymptomatic testing programme, and it was positive then they and other members of their household must self-isolate. PCR testing is not advised if you have received a positive result from an LFD test at a school or college test site. If a parent was to do this and it returned a negative result, the policy remains that the pupil or student, their close contacts, and other members of their household must still self-isolate.
All positive results from rapid tests undertaken at home do need to be confirmed with a standard PCR test. This is because these tests are not conducted in a controlled environment and will not have trained staff on hand. Following positive LFD test at home, a confirmatory PCR test should be booked online or by calling 119. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the pupil or student and their close contacts should self-isolate. If the PCR test is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test (at home only) and a child can return to school.
NHS Test and Trace announced earlier this week, that all adults in households with school and college age children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.
Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.
Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:
If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.
Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.
Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.
The Department for Education (DfE) is supporting catch-up programmes and fun activities for all children and young people in England.
Click below for more information.
Click below for nearly 10,000 free video lessons, resources and activities, covering most subjects, from Reception to Year 11
Here are some more key online resources which you can access with your child in order to maintain learning.
Mathletics.com - You will find your child’s login details at the back of their reading record (Homework book for Acorns)
Spellodrome.com - Same login as for Mathletics.
Topmarks.co.uk - A wide range of maths games.
Whiterosemaths.com - ‘Problem of the Day’, KS1 & KS2 resources.
Classroomsecrets.co.uk - Free subscription available for school closures.
Twinkl.co.uk - Free Resources to support home learning.
It is also vitally important that every opportunity is taken for reading together.
Kidadl - This website is full of exciting learning & home fun for all ages. There is also a daily timetable for celebrity classes.
Sumdog - This site is giving free access to all of their maths, spelling and grammar resources for the duration of school closures.
Duolingo - This is a great site for learmning a new language. It's free & there is also an app you can download.
2Simple - There is currently free access to this great online resource which usually comes at a price.
National Geographic Kids - Online games, resources & competitions in a whole range of subjects, aimed at primary school children.
World Geography Games - Interactive activities on continents, flags, regions, islands, rivers ... the list is endless.
Oxford Owl - Aimed at 3-11 year olds this site helps with reading & maths, there are tips for parents & over 250 free books.
Click below for daily homeschooling lessons in Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more.
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