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From FE Week:
College students will have four rapid Covid tests in the first two weeks of returning to the classroom from March 8, the government has said.
Three of the asymptomatic tests, which produce results in around 30 minutes, will be conducted on site while another will be conducted at home.
Colleges will then introduce twice weekly home testing thereafter for students as well as staff.
It is understood that colleges will be able to welcome back their students in a phased approach over the course of the week beginning March 8 to allow for testing of their students. If a learner tests negative then they can attend, if they test positive, they must return home to self-isolate.
Independent training providers and adult community learning providers will be able to request coronavirus tests from 31 March, but they will need to apply to the Department for Education for the amount they need.
The DfE announced the plan ahead of the prime minister Boris Johnson’s House of Commons briefing on his “roadmap” for easing lockdown restrictions.
Johnson said that all secondary school and FE students can return for face-to-face teaching from March 8.