One in eight state school students did NOT go back when classrooms reopened, official figures show

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One in eight state school students did not go back when classrooms reopened after this month the coronavirus lockdown, according to official figures.  

Approximately 88 per cent of state school pupils were back in class last Thursday, meaning that 12 per cent of children were marked absence.

Figures published by the Department for Education (DfE) indicate that this is a higher absence rate than the usual figure of around five per cent, but it is not broken down to show whether pupils were at home because of Covid outbreaks.  

Around a quarter of schools did not supply information, as school leaders warn that delays in testing are leading to year groups being sent home. 

One in eight state school students did not go back when classrooms reopened after this month the coronavirus lockdown, according to official figures (pictured: pupils on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in Borough, South London)

One in eight state school students did not go back when classrooms reopened after this month the coronavirus lockdown, according to official figures (pictured: pupils on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in Borough, South London)

Approximately 88 per cent of state school pupils were back in class last Thursday, meaning that 12 per cent of children were marked absence (pictured: pupils from Year 11 at Hazelwood Integrated College are pictured during their first day back to the school in Belfast)

Approximately 88 per cent of state school pupils were back in class last Thursday, meaning that 12 per cent of children were marked absence (pictured: pupils from Year 11 at Hazelwood Integrated College are pictured during their first day back to the school in Belfast)

Around a quarter of schools did not supply information (pictured: parents walk their children into Bishop Road Primary School in Bristol as schools reopen)

Around a quarter of schools did not supply information (pictured: parents walk their children into Bishop Road Primary School in Bristol as schools reopen)

Government guidance states that school attendance is mandatory from the beginning of the autumn term, while pupils or members of their households with coronavirus symptoms should not attend school. 

If someone who has attended school is tested positive for Covid-19, pupils they have been in close contact with will be asked to self-isolate.   

Schools are considered not fully open if they are unable to provide face-to-face teaching for all pupils on roll for the whole school day.

For most schools that reported they were not fully open, this was due to non-Covid-19 related reasons, the DfE release suggests.

Of all schools that responded, one per cent said they were not fully open due to suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Schools are considered not fully open if they are unable to provide face-to-face teaching for all pupils on roll for the whole school day (pictured: pupils from Year 11 at Hazelwood Integrated College in Belfast are pictured during a lesson)

Schools are considered not fully open if they are unable to provide face-to-face teaching for all pupils on roll for the whole school day (pictured: pupils from Year 11 at Hazelwood Integrated College in Belfast are pictured during a lesson)

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