Schools see highest attendance figures since Covid began

School attendance last week was the highest it has been since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic – although Covid absences are rising once again…

Official figures from the Department for Education show that attendance across state schools in England was 91 per cent on Thursday, March 18 – almost one year since the first national lockdown began (DfE, 2021).

The DfE confirmed: “Attendance in state-funded schools in the week commencing March 15 was the highest reported attendance during the coronavirus pandemic.”

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said the milestone represents a “remarkable achievement by schools”.

The latest figures show that attendance in state primaries was 93 per cent on March 18 – down from 95 per cent on March 11.

Meanwhile, attendance in secondary schools was 89 per cent on March 18, up from 81 per cent on March 11 (when many schools were still phasing the return of pupils).

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