Class sizes in UK may rise to 60 as schools struggle to cover for self-isolating teachers

Lack of coronavirus tests forces staff to stay home longer than necessary, headteachers warn

Some schools are planning to increase their class sizes to up to 60 pupils so that they can continue to offer students an education this term, as fears grow of a looming teacher shortage.

Headteachers are worried that a significant number of staff will need to self-isolate for long periods this winter as they struggle to gain access to tests for Covid-19, and that schools will soon run out of money to pay for cover from supply teachers.

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