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Lateral flow testing for secondary school students and education staff (self test)

​Who can get lateral flow testing kits

The following groups can register for lateral flow test kits to use at home: 

  • secondary school and college students 
  • all education settings staff, including early years staff

Registering for the test kits and submitting results is voluntary.

Students and staff are encouraged to use a lateral flow test twice a week at home. The kit contains 25 lateral flow tests, which will cover 12 weeks.

If you have symptoms you should book in for PCR test.

Register for a lateral flow kit

You need to register with the following information to get your test kit:

  • name
  • date of birth
  • email address
  • contact number

Once you've registered, you'll get a personalised code sent to your email. You'll need this code to collect your test.

Register to get your test kit

Testing privacy policy

Collect your test kit

Once you've received your personalised code by email, you can collect your test kit from your school.

Submit your test result

Once you've taken your test, you'll need the following to submit your test result:

  1. your unique reference code (8 character code sent to you on phone or email when you registered)
  2. surname
  3. date of birth
  4. test result

Step by step

Taking a lateral flow test involves taking a sample from the nostrils using a swab.

Watch how to take a test on YouTube

Step by step Portuguese

Step by step Polish

Prepare your test

1. First, wash your hands and blow your nose

2. Wash your hands again or use hand sanitiser

3. Place the extraction tube in a small cup to keep it upright

4. Unscrew the small top cap of the extraction buffer pot. Do not unscrew the bigger lid as you will not be able to use it as a dropper

5. Place 6 drops only of the extraction buffer into the extraction tube. Avoid touching the extraction tube with the extraction buffer. Reseal the extraction buffer for future use

Take your test

1. Identify the soft fabric trip of the swab wrapper, open and remove the swab. Do not touch the soft fabric tip

2. Put the soft fabric tip gently into once nostril, about 1 inch up. You may feel some resistance. Roll the swab 10 times slowly along the inside of the nostril. Remove the swab and repeat 10 times in the other nostril with the same swab tip

3. Put the soft fabric tip into the bottom of the extraction tube. Press the swab tip against the edge of the tube while gently squeezing the extraction tube to keep it secure. Rotate the swab around the tube for 10 seconds to squeeze as much fluid out as possible from the swab tip

4. Remove the swab from the tube while squeezing the tube to remove as much fluid as possible from the swab tip. Place the swab back into the wrapper and dispose in general rubbish

5. Press the nozzle cap tightly onto the extraction tube to avoid any leaks

6. Turn the extraction tube upside down and lightly squeeze two drops onto the specimen well, into the hole marked with an S

7. Place the specimen well onto a flat surface and make a note of the time

8. After 20 to 30 minutes, read your results and throw the specimen well away. Results after this time will be invalid

9. Submit your test result on CovidSafe

​Result
Image of test
What you need to do
​Negative
​One line next to C shows the test is negative
Covid lateral flow negative test result
A negative result means that active coronavirus infection was not detected, at the time of the test. However, this does not guarantee that you do not have coronavirus.
Continue to follow guidance, including regular hand washing, distancing and wearing a mask.

​Positive
​Two lines, one next to C and one next to T, even faint lines, shows the test is positive
Covid lateral flow positive test result

​You must call the helpline to report your positive result and arrange a confirmatory PCR test.

You must isolate. 

​Void
​No lines, or one line next to T, means the test is void
Covid lateral flow void test result
You will need to re-take with a fresh test kit.

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