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Covid

Nearly 10% of year 11s still absent from school as exams loom

Leaders describe new data as 'extremely worrying' as exam students remain worst-hit by absences

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Covid

School attendance at highest since November as Covid absences fall

But staff absence remains high and tens of thousands of pupils still have Covid

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Ofsted

Covid used as an excuse by ‘poor attenders’, warns Ofsted

Ofsted also found remote education has 'negatively affected' some pupils' perception of the need to be in school

James Carr
James Carr
Covid

Record high of 1 in 25 pupils off with Covid as confirmed cases double

A quarter of schools have more than 15 per cent of teachers off - nearly double the rate in...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Covid

Omicron: 1 in 25 staff off with Covid as absence rate doubles

Tens of thousands of staff are off school with confirmed cases of the virus

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Covid

Fines for school absence plummet by 86 per cent

The government wants councils and schools to ramp up enforcement

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Covid

Covid: Staff absence up by 20% as term draws to a close

More than 230,000 pupils were off due to Covid on December 9

James Carr
James Carr
Covid

250k Covid absences in week before half term, with south west worst hit

DfE data shows Covid absences nationally rose to 3.2 per cent on October 21

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Covid

DfE threatened with legal action over ‘unlawful’ Covid attendance rules

The government is being threatened with legal action if it fails to update attendance guidance for vulnerable children and...

James Carr
James Carr