More children in England missing school over Covid-19
October 27, 2020
England/By Branwen Jeffreys/Source: https://www.bbc.com/
More children are missing out on their education, as the rate of attendance falls across England’s schools.
The percentage of pupils attending primary and secondary schools fell to 86% last week down from 89% the previous week, government data shows.
The Northern Powerhouse, a group working to redress North-South economic imbalance, says pupils in the North face the most disruption over Covid-19.
The government said some pupils were self-isolating “as we would expect”.
The Department for Education said 55% of secondaries and 20% of primaries in England reported having one or more pupils self-isolating due to potential contact with a case of coronavirus in the school.
This is up from 46% and 16% respectively on the previous week.
Overall attendance at primary school fell from 92% in the week ending 15 October to 90% in the week ending 22 October.
But the drop on the previous week’s attendance was most significant in secondary schools, falling from 87% to 83%.