Absence of students and staff at UK schools increases after Christmas
The number of students and teachers absent from school for Covid-related reasons in the UK has increased as Omicron cases spread, Government figures show.
The Department for Education (DfE) estimates that 3.9% of all students – some 315,000 children – did not attend class for reasons related to the coronavirus on January 6 – a record high this school year. .
This is up from about 301,000 children, or 3.7% of all students, on December 16, just before the Christmas holidays.
The latest data shows that 8.6% of teachers and school leaders – about 44,000 employees – were absent at the start of their term, up from 8.0% on December 16.
Meanwhile, about 4.9% of teachers and school leaders had to leave school for Covid-related reasons on January 6, up from 3.0% on December 16.
Among students who were absent due to Covid-19, the main reason was one confirmed case of coronavirus, with approximately 159,000 students (2.0%) absent for this reason, compared with about 111,000 students before Christmas.
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