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updated on 29 November 2021
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Find out how staff and pupil testing will work for the rest of the autumn term, and what you need to do to prepare for the Christmas holidays and the return to school in January.

Primary schools: home testing for staff for remainder of the autumn term

Please note: this is a summary of the testing programme – to implement it in your school you'll also need to read the resources on the primary schools' document sharing platform

For primary schools, including school-based nurseries and maintained nursery schools, you should:

  • Offer staff lateral flow device coronavirus tests (read more about these below) to self-administer at home twice a week, 3 to 4 days apart, as long as they're attending in person
  • Strongly encourage them to participate in testing, though it's not mandatory


Staff should take the test in the morning before they go to work. If they're part-time, they should test throughout the week, and if they've been on leave, test at the start of

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