Primary schools and nurseries
From the 18th Jan, primary schools, school-based nurseries and maintained nursery schools started to receive deliveries of home testing kits using lateral flow devices (LFDs) to offer to all their onsite staff for twice weekly testing.
Secondary schools and colleges
In January 2021 a phased approach to testing in secondary schools and colleges began. LFDs have been offered to staff and pupils where students are offered two tests on their return to face to face learning, and staff are offered on site tests twice-weekly (up from weekly in January).
In December 2020 students and staff in higher education were offered COVID tests using lateral flow devices (LFDs) before the end of term to support the return to their home addresses for Christmas. The same testing arrangements were made available to those eligible to return to their university or HE institution in January to support their return. Since 25 January, universities and HE institutions have been able to offer twice weekly testing to all staff and students currently eligible to attend and this will continue until at least the 1 April.