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Coronavirus (COVID-19) test kits for schools and FE providers

Coronavirus (COVID-19) test kits for schools and FE providers 

Guidance for schools and further education (FE) providers on the initial supply of coronavirus (COVID-19) home testing kits for pupils, teachers and staff.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): test kits for schools and FE providers



This guidance is for:

  • mainstream schools
  • special schools
  • alternative provision settings
  • post-16 FE providers
  • FE colleges
  • sixth form colleges
  • other FE providers

This guidance applies from 26 August 2020.

All schools and FE providers were sent an initial supply of 10 home test kits.

Home test kits should only be offered if you believe an individual may be unable to access testing elsewhere.

Published 26 August 2020 
Last updated 22 September 2020 + show all updates

  1. Updated content to confirm that schools and FE providers ordering additional test kits will be provided with one box of 10 kits per 1,000 pupils or students.

  2. Updated information on ordering test kits and clarification of wording for different age group test use.

  3. First published.

Gavin Williamson must take responsibility for shortage of COVID tests for schools and FE providers 

Regarding Gavin Williamson’s comments in response to questions from the Education Select Committee about COVID-19 testing in schools on 17th Sept 2020,

Daisy Cooper 100x100Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Daisy Cooper said:

“Parents, pupils and teachers want to know why – after the litany of Government failures on education this year – the Secretary of State is unable to answer questions about how teachers and pupils can access coronavirus tests in schools. 

“After the botched re-opening of schools, the u-turn on school meal vouchers, missed targets on laptops and the A-level grading fiasco this summer, it’s astonishing that he’s still refusing to accept responsibility.  

“Ministers must demonstrate to teachers, parents and pupils that the Government has not only learnt lessons but that it has a plan to support schools and families during these incredibly challenging times.”

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