Official attendance figures (DfE, 2022) show that 100,000 more students are now self-isolating than two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, around 114,000 teachers, school leaders and support staff are currently off school, with a quarter of state schools reporting at least 15 per cent absence among teachers and leaders (27 per cent of primaries and seven per cent of secondaries).
In addition, 21 per cent of state schools have at least 15 per cent of support staff off (24 per cent of primaries and six per cent of secondaries).
The government intends for exams to take place this summer with some amendments to arrangements (DfE & Ofqual, 2021), but has published contingency plans based around teacher-assessed grades if exams cannot go ahead “safely or fairly” due to the pandemic (Ofqual, 2021).
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