The Department for Education in England has today announced that mass testing of pupils and staff will begin in secondary schools and colleges from January.
Reacting to the news, Parentkind CEO John Jolly says, "We warmly welcome this announcement from the DfE. Mass testing will give secondary parents the peace of mind that schools are safe learning environments for their child and empower them to make informed decisions about where their child’s learning takes place. Since the start of the pandemic, our parent surveys have shown that missed learning, the impact of the disruption on children's mental health and children being unable to socalise with friends have been consistent parental concerns. Families have had to weigh these worries against legitimate health concerns when sending children to school. This initiative promises a step-change in reassuring parents that their needs are being met, not just in keeping schools safe but also in ensuring there is less severe disruption to their children's routine and learning from next term."
Parents can find further details on the DfE's website. See: