• Letter used by PM as evidence of school 'safety' warned of need for 'prompt availability of testing'

    A statement by the UK’s chief medical officers referenced by Boris Johnson as evidence that schools are safe warned that the “prompt availability of testing” was “key” to the safe return of pupils to schools. The prime minister told MPs on Wednesday that advice from government medical officers showed there was “an exceptionally small risk

    15.40 Sep. 23rd, 2020 | News

  • Government doing 'level best' to get school pupils tested, claims Johnson

    The prime minister dodged questions about a lack of Covid testing available for school pupils in the House of Commons, claiming the government is doing its “level best” to test every child with symptoms. Boris Johnson was grilled on problems with access to testing for school pupils by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer. Statistics released

    13.16 Sep. 23rd, 2020 | News

  • Anger as government admits test and trace website coding error

    A coding glitch caused by the government’s “failure” to carry out proper software testing is preventing people from booking Covid tests. There have been widespread reports of people – including school staff and pupils – not being able to book tests via the government’s website, despite claims that local centres still have appointments available. In

    19.56 Sep. 17th, 2020 | News

  • Not enough Covid testing capacity, admits Johnson

    The government does not have enough testing capacity to keep up with current demand, the prime minister admitted. Boris Johnson told the Parliamentary liaison committee that demand for tests had “massively accelerated” in recent weeks. Schools Week revealed last week how schools had been forced to break into their limited supplies of emergency home testing

    16.11 Sep. 16th, 2020 | News

  • £300m for councils to help contain local coronavirus outbreaks in schools

    A new £300m funding package has been made available to local authorities to help contain coronavirus outbreaks, including in schools.  It comes as the Department for Education is set to confirm tomorrow if schools can begin a phased reopening on June 1, with scientists saying a test and trace initiative is key for those plans.

    17.30 May. 27th, 2020 | News