COVID-19 Other national testing programmes

There are various national testing programmes available to different people. This can depend on your workplace setting and business or organisation you work for.

Testing for pupils and staff in educational settings

Twice-weekly symptom-free testing is available to those in the following educational settings:

  • Secondary school, college, university and further education students
  • Nursery, primary school, secondary school, college, university and further education staff

Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing of secondary school and college pupils is an additional measure to help control the spread of COVID-19. Schools and colleges continue to operate other strict infection prevention and control measures on-site.

Regular, rapid testing helps to identify pupils who have COVID-19 but do not display symptoms. Children and young people must continue to observe all other national guidance when in school and college, and when out of class.

If a child or young person has a positive rapid test result, they should follow the guidance and self-isolate immediately. A free confirmatory test should be booked for them on the GOV.UK - Get a test web page or by calling 119.

Getting a negative test result does not mean that a young person is not carrying coronavirus (COVID-19). Everyone should continue to follow the national guidance, including when they test negative. Find out more on the GOV.UK - Coronavirus web page.

Home educated secondary school age children can access rapid lateral flow tests by collection of self-test kits by parents from participating sites or by ordering them online for home delivery. Further information can be found on our Collection and delivery of home rapid lateral flow tests webpage.

Care home testing

In England, all registered adult care homes can apply for coronavirus testing kits to test the residents and/or staff of your care home. You can apply whether or not any of your residents or staff have coronavirus symptoms. Find out more and apply on GOV.UK's care home testing page.

Workplace testing for all businesses

The deadline for registering to order free rapid lateral flow tests for all workplace COVID-19 testing (on-site and collection) was 12 April 2021. If businesses have already registered, they can order free rapid lateral flow tests online until 30 June 2021. For more information visit the GOV.UK's workplace testing page.