Children who receive false positives when tested at school will still be told to self-isolate and will be banned from the classroom for 10 days, the Government has said. Ministers have been accused of pursuing a “ridiculous” policy on lateral flow tests that has “no scientific basis” and will result in youngsters missing out on school “unnecessarily”. It comes as millions of children returned to lessons on Monday for the first time in months. Parents and teachers spoke of their joy of children returning to school, with one headteacher saying his school “feels alive again” as he welcomed 500 pupils back on Monday. David McPartlin at Flakefleet Primary School in Fleetwood, Lancashire, said: "There's been a real buzz about the place and a sense of excitement this morning. Today feels like the start of the end of Covid, like we are coming out the end of a very long dark tunnel.” Meanwhile, parents at Ide primary school near Exeter, Devon, described how happy their children were to be back at school. "My youngest has not seen any of his friends or spoken to them for months,” one mother said. “He has really missed seeing them every day." Pupils at secondary schools have been asked to have three rapid antigen tests at school during the first fortnight of term, followed by another at home. After that they will be given two tests per week to take at home, all of which are voluntary.