Commenting on the decision by Matt Hancock to extend priority testing for Coronavirus to all essential workers, including teachers and school staff, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“We welcome Matt Hancock's announcement that practical steps will be taken to test school staff for Covid-19. It is essential that staff who are self-isolating at home get immediate access to the test.

“The UK has been in lockdown for exactly one month, during which time our members have worked to keep schools running for children of key workers and the most vulnerable pupils. Our call for testing has been unceasing. The Government has been slow to respond, and there will be a fear amongst school staff that this promise will follow the pattern of previous pledges to contain the virus. Our members will not tolerate dither and delay. They need certainty and, from the Health Secretary, swift action to make this promise a reality.”