Covid-19 – Lateral Flow Tests and Procedure


January 2022 – Updated guidance

From 11 January 2022 in England, if you get a positive lateral flow test result:
❌ you will no longer need to take a follow-up PCR test
✔️ you should still self-isolate immediately
This is a temporary measure while #COVID19 cases remain high.
Some exceptions apply.
▶️ If you are eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment (TTSP)
▶️ OR you are participating in research or surveillance programmes
you will still be asked to take a follow-up PCR if you receive a positive lateral flow test result.


(Updated September 2021)

All staff are continuing to mirror the Lateral Flo testing procedures in our client schools and we have issued the following guidance notes for staff (Teachers, HLTAs, TAs and Nursery Practitioners).

  • Carry out a Lateral Flo Test every Sunday and Wednesday evening (following the government guidance provided with the tests).
  • Email or WhatsApp Supply Tree with the result on the Sunday and Wednesday evening.
  • If you test positive, please contact us with immediate effect and we will take the necessary action.

For every group, testing is voluntary, although our team are strongly encouraged to participate to reduce the risk of transmission within schools.

Please follow the link to view the government information regarding obtaining lateral flow tests, these are provided to you free of charge.

Order coronavirus (Covid-19) rapid lateral flow tests and collection points information


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

We wanted to send out a clear message to all that our team are valued and cared about.  Within 24 hours of the school closures we contacted our staff to provide information about their furlough entitlements with a payment schedule.

In January 2021 only 5-10% of supply agencies made furlough available for their teaching staff due to the additional costs involved.  We are proud to say that we did support our staff during this challenging time using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.


How we have adapted and continued to grow during Covid-19

Throughout the lockdowns, we continued to recruit amazing teaching staff to be part of Supply Tree.  We were able to offer Zoom interviews and Induction Sessions, making use of our secure technology to enable us to continue to grow our team.

Back in November 2020, we were thrilled to be the ‘Top Story’ in Dorset Biz News: 

‘Vicki and Sharon’s roller coaster ride as their new business called Supply Tree takes root’

Founder and Editor, Andrew Diprose, included our story on Dorset’s number one business news website.  Dorset Biz have championed many local businesses during these challenging times, and we are incredibly grateful for the support we received.

Going forward…

Times have been challenging for all, and life is now about adapting to the new changes we are faced with.  We continue to work closely with schools and teachers to ensure everyone stays as safe as possible.