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Covid

Covid pupil absences fall, but 320,000 still off

Leaders still facing ‘major headache’ as almost one in ten staff remain absent

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Covid

Remote admissions appeals here to stay as DfE seeks to make Covid changes permanent

Hearings would also be allowed to continue with just two panelists if one withdraws

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Covid

Ministers told to beef up waning pupil vaccination rates

Calls come as new data shows poorer pupils are the least likely to be vaccinated

James Carr
James Carr


Covid

‘Epidemic of anxiety’: Special schools feel brunt of Omicron surge

Special schools battle higher rates of staff and pupil absence

James Carr
James Carr
Covid

Council tells heads to ‘self-manage’ Covid outbreaks

Local authority tells schools to stop reporting Covid cases amid an ‘increase demand on public health services’

James Carr
James Carr
Academies, Covid

MATs gain schools and record cash boost amid Covid

Academies boasted record levels of spare cash and continued to expand amid the pandemic, Kreston’s annual benchmarking report shows

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
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

DfE rejects 1 in 5 requests for school air-cleaning units

285 schools had bids for government-funded units refused because they ‘did not meet the eligibility criteria’

James Carr
James Carr
Covid

‘I’m trying to protect young people’: Heads ignore PM call to drop face masks from classroom

Many schools persisting with masks despite guidance change

James Carr
James Carr

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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
Covid

Academy trusts’ cash stash rises to £3bn despite pandemic pressures

Academy trusts boosted their reserves and surpluses last year despite the upheaval of Covid, official figures show. New Department…

Tom Belger
Tom Belger