Parent guidance & information

Information for parents of pupils aged 5 to 17 years old on the vaccination programme

Vaccinations help to increase protection against COVID-19, which is particularly important for those with underlying health conditions. Being vaccinated minimises the need for children and young people to have time off from school or college, and helps them to continue to carry out their hobbies, attend social events and live their lives to the full.

We have published some frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the vaccination programme including information on eligibility, accessibility and advice for parents of children at high risk from COVID-19. Please share these FAQs with parents, particularly those with children who are clinically vulnerable.

Guidance on how to book appointments for children aged 12 years and over is available on the NHS website. Further information on the vaccination of high risk children aged 5 to 11 years old is available in the guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years published by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

Coronavirus helpline for families


Our helpline is still available for families worried about how their child is coping with the coronavirus crisis and lockdown. Our Educational Psychology Service is running the helpline to support those who are worried about their child or teenager during the lockdown. More details here, please share with families.


Parents can get rapid COVID-19 testing


Here is a recap of the information from public health about testing that you can share with families. These rapid tests are for those who show no COVID-19 symptoms.

Parents or carers of a child in nursery, primary, secondary school or college, or those in an associated support bubble, can get tested:

It’s important to remember that these LFD tests are only to be used if people don’t have any COVID-19 symptoms. If anyone in the household develops COVID-19 symptoms, they must self-isolate and book a test on the national portal or by calling 119.