One in nine pupils absent as schools in England reopened

DfE figures estimate only 88% of schoolchildren were recorded as present last week

More than one in nine state school pupils was absent last week as schools across England reopened, according to Department for Education figures.

Only an estimated 88% of pupils from reception classes upwards were recorded as present last Thursday, with the remainder described by the DfE’s analysis as “absent for Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 related reasons”.

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