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Short guide to lateral flow self-testing with Dr Amir Khan

Please watch this short video, which explains lateral flow testing at home:

NHS Guide

Please click here to access the NHS Guide to regular testing.

Home testing instructions translated into multiple languages

the DfE has shared this link which provides self-test instructions in 11 other languages, and a short video. 


Lateral Flow Test Update - March 2021

Please watch this short video in preparation for the Lateral Flow Tests of the week commencing 8th March 2021:




Bristol City Council has published some KEY MESSAGES for schools and their communities.

Click here to read this guidance in English

Click here to read this guidance in Arabic

Click here to read this guidance in Bengali

Click here to read this guidance in Polish

Click here to read this guidance in Punjabi

Click here to read this guidance in Somali

Click here to read this guidance in Urdu

You can also watch these messages on video. Click here to view the video messages.

Government announces move from Contain to Delay phase

On Thursday 12th March the Government announced that we are moving from the Contain phase of the coronavirus action plan and into the Delay phase, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Full details of each stage in the government action plan can be found here:

To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce will be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to schools will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

On Monday 28th February the DfE launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:

Updated travel advice

On Monday 9th March Public Health England updated their travel advice, recommending that anyone returning from Italy should self-isolate, even if you do not have any symptoms. If you do develop symptoms, call NHS 111.

The latest travel guidance can be found here:

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes. We are teaching children about the importance of this in class and through assemblies.