School figures show 88% of pupils were back for start of term

The first official figures for school attendance in England for the autumn term show 88% of pupils went back.

This is a higher absence rate than the usual figure of about 5% but it is not broken down to show whether pupils were at home because of Covid outbreaks.

The figures show attendance last Thursday – but about a quarter of schools did not supply information.

Since the reopening, school leaders have warned that delays in testing are leading to year groups being sent home.

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