Covid testing plans leave England’s school leaders guessing

Headteachers unsure how to address staffing, safeguarding and insurance concerns

They’ve got the space, more often than not – usually in the form of airy sports halls which will soon be expected to double up as Covid-19 testing centres for thousands of secondary school pupils in England under ambitious government plans.

But what school leaders really have in abundance are questions: how will they find time to organise and train an army of testers drawn from the ranks of teachers and volunteers? Will safeguarding checks be needed? What about data protection and insurance?

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