Week 6 2021

COVID mass testing data in education

This is the latest data

To protect the health of the teaching workforce and keep as many staff, pupils and students in schools, colleges and Universities as possible, Department for Education with the partnership of Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have made rapid lateral flow coronavirus (COVID-19) tests available to schools and colleges and higher education institutions. The use of rapid lateral flow tests allows the identification of individuals with coronavirus (COVID-19) who do not have symptoms, which make up around a third of all cases.

Finding asymptomatic cases, along with other infection prevention and control measures such as social distancing, and adherence to self-isolation can help manage the transmission of the virus.

This publication is to illustrate the participation in rapid testing for the educational sector so far. Fuller, regular statistics on coronavirus testing in educational settings will be published as part of DHSC’s weekly statistics in their NHS test and trace release in due course.  This will be presented alongside data from other rapid testing schemes: 

NHS Test and Trace (England) statistics: 28 January to 3 February 2021 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)    

Headline facts and figures - 2021

  • Around 25,000 educational settings are in scope for rapid coronavirus testing.
  • Around 97% of all eligible schools and colleges are equipped to deliver testing.
  • Around 4 million test results have been reported.

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