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Additional FAQs for summer term 1


Additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for summer term one.


If someone has a positive LFD but a negative PCR, but has symptoms, does the household have to self-isolate?


LFD testing is only recommended for use in people that do not have symptoms of covid-19 (a new continuous cough, a high temperature, a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)). If an individual is experiencing any of these symptoms they, and their household, must self-isolate and book a PCR test. 


If an individual takes an LFD test at home and it is positive, they and their household should self-isolate immediately. They should also arrange to have a follow-up PCR test as soon as possible. If the follow-up PCR test result is negative, the individual and their household contacts can stop self-isolating.


If the PCR test result is negative but they have symptoms, they may have another virus such as a cold or flu. They should stay at home until they feel well and seek medical attention if they are concerned about their symptoms.


Will I need to continue wearing a face mask in the classroom?


On Tuesday 6 April, the government confirmed that face coverings should continue to be worn in secondary school and college classrooms as a precautionary measure when students return after the Easter holiday.


Subject to the roadmap process, as part of step 3, we expect these precautionary measures to no longer be recommended. This would be no earlier than 17 May and will be confirmed with one week’s notice.


As swimming is part of the end of KS2 curriculum for Y6 do schools have to undertake this?


There are particular additional challenges that schools may face in re-starting their delivery of core curriculum swimming and water based water safety to pupils, and a full return to previous levels of swimming attainment immediately is not realistic.


With this in mind, DfE (and partners) are working to support schools to overcome these barriers and deliver swimming and water safety lessons to pupils this academic year.


Schools will not be penalised for having a drop in swimming and water safety attainment this year. DfE encourage primary schools to continue to report swimming and water safety attainment data in their PE and sport premium reporting at the end of the academic year, even where this shows a decrease in attainment in comparison to previous years.


DfE would strongly encourage schools to engage with Swim England, who are very experienced in supporting schools to overcome barriers to delivering swimming and water safety, to ensure that schools do deliver as much core curriculum and top up swimming and water safety as possible.

Advice and guidance are available from Swim England, who is well placed to assist and support schools to overcome these challenges and enable core curriculum swimming. For example, they can help support schools to find available water space if access to their local pool is limited or unavailable. Swim England can be contacted at These links may also be helpful:

Online water safety lessons are available for primary school pupils at Oak National academy: Water safety - Oak National Academy (

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