School attendance figures

The second set of school attendance figures since schools returned in September has revealed a significant increase in the number of pupils being sent home due to COVID-19 incidents. However, the number of schools defined by the DfE as fully open has increased, meaning that overall attendance dipped only one percentage point to 87%.

At this point, almost no schools are completely closed, though overall attendance remains significantly lower than the 95% normally expected at this time of year, to the point where one million children were out of school last Thursday, largely due to those showing symptoms being forced away from the classroom.

The DfE has also  published a behaviour and attendance checklist for school leaders to support full opening.