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GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES DRIVE TO PERSUADE PARENTS TO REGULARLY TEST PUPILS FOR COVID

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It comes as schools start to return from the summer break, with Scottish pupils already back in the classroom

Returning secondary school pupils are being urged to get tested – and vaccinated where possible – to stop the virus spreading and minimise disruption to lessons over the autumn term.

Ministers are launching a campaign, backed by an Olympic champion and a TV doctor, to persuade parents, secondary school and college students to take part in voluntary asymptomatic Covid-19 testing.

Attendance advisers are being recruited to work with local authorities and multi-academy trusts where absence rates are higher than average.

This comes as an expert advising the Government warned that music festivals and schools returning will lead to a “significant surge” in Covid-19 infections.

Unions have called for more action to ensure schools are kept as safe as possible and education is not disrupted further.

The campaign has been endorsed by 18-year-old swimmer Matthew Richards, who won a gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and NHS consultant paediatrician and TV presenter Dr Ranj Singh.

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Written by: Gabriel Ciniglio

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