Testing now available to anyone with symptoms of coronavirus
The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, ahead of the rollout of the test and trace service. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) can book a test.
A coronavirus test can be booked here:
Preparations for national thank a teacher day – Wednesday 20 May
On Wednesday 20 May, we are celebrating teachers, senior leaders, support staff and all those working in education settings who are making a difference to their schools and communities during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Department for Education is working in partnership with the Teaching Awards Trust which has produced a set of resources including a Thank a Teacher toolkit containing graphics, images and frames for social media that you’re free to use.
The Thank a Teacher Toolkit is available here:
Click the above for updated information for parents and carers about the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges, transport, attendance, free school meals and remote education.
Fill your school's library with new books!
Even though schools are closed, our big prize draw is back for a seventh year! You could win £5,000 of National Book Tokens for your school's library, ready to spend when schools reopen – and if your entry is picked, you'll also get £100 of National Book Tokens to spend on yourself!
The more nominations for your school, the higher the chance it'll win.
Create a National Book Token design
Children can win a £10 National Book Token for themselves and each of their classmates – and surprise them all when schools reopen!
While children are at home, encourage them to create a National Book Token design for our competition. Whether it's the school crest doodled in ink, a pencil drawing of the entire class, or something completely different, we'll choose one child's design to put on a National Book Tokens gift card every week for seven weeks.
When schools open up again, the young designer and their classmates will each receive a £10 National Book Token – emblazoned with the winning artwork – to inspire them to choose their next favourite book from their local bookshop.
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Supporting reading for everyone
Reading for pleasure has been shown to raise literacy levels, which is why at National Book Tokens we’re proud to support three charities – World Book Day, Book Aid International and Read for Good – who work to bring the joy of reading to both adults and children.
National Book Tokens are the perfect gift to encourage literacy and inspire a lifelong love of reading. They can be spent in thousands of bookshops as well as online.