£78million additional funding for rapid Covid testing allocated to schools
An additional £78million worth of funding, earmarked to pay for rapid Covid testing, has been rolled out to schools.
Academy schools and local education authorities are receiving the single payments automatically from the Department for Education (DfE) which is designed to cover testing from the start of the year up to February half-term.
Mainstream, special and alternative provision schools with secondary age pupils are eligible for the funding and schools need to ensure that they are included on the confirmed list of rapid testing participants to receive the funding allocation.
The DfE had originally indicated that the cash would be allocated according to pupil and staff numbers but in a statement has since confirmed that funding is based “on the number of bays/desks calculated as needed to deliver the number of tests completed (measured by the number of test results recorded on the school or college’s individual account on the Test & Trace Log Results Website)”.
School leaders have also been told that they can claim for ‘exceptional costs’. This includes there schools had committed for a level of testing which was subsequently not needed and where resources could not be re-used.
Any costs associated with hiring additional premises or putting in place “significant alterations” to existing premises in order to carry out testing, are also classed as ‘exceptional costs.’
Meanwhile schools that have received Covid swabbing support from healthcare provider Medacs will see the cost of the service deducted from their funding allocations. Contact us for assistance.