Covid

Pupil attendance falls again as Covid closures double

Despite overall Covid absences falling, the number of pupils missing school due to closures doubled to 34,000

James Carr
James Carr
Covid

Nine things we learned from Ofsted’s latest education recovery research

The watchdog found schools struggling with staff shortages, unclear Covid measures and identifying learning gaps

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker and Tom Belger
Covid

Schools battle to stay open amid Covid surge

Leaders take extra teaching and cleaning duties as secondary absences breach 10 per cent mark

James Carr
James Carr
Covid

Majority of schools host just one week of Covid summer school

Over 336,000 pupils attended summer schools last year

James Carr
James Carr
Covid

Pupil self-isolation advice slashed to 3 days

Heads question guidance changes and end to free testing as Covid continues to disrupt schools

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Covid

Covid: In-school vaccination programme to end this week

Schools still asked to 'signpost' alternative vaccination routes for pupils

James Carr
James Carr
Covid

New teachers won’t have to extend induction because of Covid absence

New teachers will be able to progress to second-year induction even if they miss more than 30 days, with...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Covid

Free school meals permanently extended to pupils with ‘no recourse to public funds’

Children of families subject to immigration control were temporarily given access to free meals in April 2020

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Covid

270 million in-person school days missed due to Covid last year

Absences rose more than five-fold in first full year of the pandemic

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker