Testing for Schools

Testing for Schools

Rapid lateral flow testing for households and bubbles of school pupils and staff.

Whole families and households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, are now able to test themselves twice every week from home.

As set out in the roadmap, secondary school and college students will now be tested twice a week, receiving three initial tests at school or college before moving to twice-weekly home testing. Primary school children will not be regularly asymptomatically tested due to low levels of transmission between younger children but will still need to get tested if they have symptoms.

In addition to this, the government has confirmed twice-weekly testing using rapid lateral flow tests will be given for free to all families and households with primary, secondary school and college aged children and young people, including childcare and support bubbles, to help find more COVID-19 cases and break chains of transmission.

With about a third of individuals with coronavirus showing no symptoms and potentially spreading it without knowing, targeted regular testing will mean more positive cases within households are found and prevented from entering schools and colleges, helping to keep educational settings safe.

Rapid testing detects cases quickly –in under 30 minutes –meaning positive cases can isolate immediately. This can be the difference between children being able to stay in school, or a class being sent home due to an outbreak. It could also be the difference between a workplace having to close for a period or being able to stay open and running.

Getting a rapid test is quick and convenient. The expanded regular testing offer for people without symptoms will be delivered through:

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should book a test online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test (Opens in a new window) or by calling 119.

Reporting results

It is really important that results are reported. People are asked to report results online (Opens in a New Window) to NHS Test and Trace or over the phone by calling 119.

If anyone in the household tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should tell the school and:

  • self-isolate immediately
  • Get a PCR test at a local test centre to confirm the result. PCR Tests work in a different way to lateral flow device test as the swab kits go to a laboratory. The PCR tests are better at finding very small amounts of the virus, especially early in infection, so these are used primarily in people who have symptoms.
  • Follow the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection (Opens in a New Window)
  • A negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. But this does not guarantee people do not have coronavirus, so they should keep following all coronavirus advice (Opens in a New Window) including regular handwashing, social distancing and wearing a face covering where recommended.


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