Latest Updates for NCEA Trust School Parents/Carers…


Contingency plans for Covid-19 (Updated 07/09/21)

On Monday 10 May, the government announced that from 17 May, there will be further relaxation of Covid-19 rules, some of which apply to schools and other educational settings. You can find a summary of these changes on our Safety Measures page.

Revised safety measures for educational settings (Updated 11/05/21)

A comprehensive contingency plan for all Trust schools can now be found on our Safety Measures page.

Important Covid-19 testing notice – Please Read (Updated 06/05/21)

Can parents and carers of pupils who are completing twice-weekly Lateral Flow tests (LFTs) please be extra vigilant when reporting absences due to Covid-19.
If your child is showing any symptoms of Covid-19, please call NHS 119 for advice as a full PCR Covid test may be required.


  • Only a PCR test can diagnose a positive Covid case
  • LFT tests are only used to identify people with the Covid-19 virus who are NOT showing symptoms

If your child is showing any symptoms of Covid-19, they must isolate until guidance has been sought from 119 and/ or a PCR test has been taken.

The LFT is not effective when symptoms are showing.  

Any queries, contact your school Attendance team or reception.

Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme (Updated 22/03/21)

Parents and carers of children who have been asked to self-isolate can now claim financial support through the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme Claiming financial support under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme – GOV.UK. Parents and carers may be eligible for a £500 test and trace support payment if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • They are the parent or guardian of a child in the same household who is self-isolating, and they need to take time off work to care for them
  • The child is aged 15 or under, or aged 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan, normally attends an education or childcare setting, and has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their education or childcare setting
  • The parent or carer is unable to work from home and will lose income because they have to care for the child while they are self-isolating
  • They meet all the other eligibility criteria for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment (i.e. they are receiving or are the partner of someone in the same household who is receiving specified benefits as set out in the guidance, or if not on these benefits they could be eligible for a discretionary payment if they are on a low income and will face financial hardship as a result of self-isolating).

If a parent or carer is applying for this payment they will also need to provide their child’s NHS Test and Trace Account ID or a communication from the school telling them to self-isolate, please therefore be aware that parents may request a formal letter and there are templates on the DfE document sharing platform for this purpose.


Home Testing – (Updated 22/03/21)

The DfE has issued the following reminder for all school staff, students and parents to ensure:

  • To test twice a week at home
  • To report test results online

Test kits for schools will continue to be supplied through the DfE’s education testing programme. Please also remember that any positive test at home using an LFD kit must be followed up by a PCR test to confirm the result.


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