More than one million children missed school last week for Covid-related reasons

20 July 2021, 12:12 | Updated: 20 July 2021, 21:03

Over 1m children missed school last week for Covid-19 related reasons (file image)
Over 1m children missed school last week for Covid-19 related reasons (file image). Picture: PA

By Asher McShane

More than one million children in England were out of school last week due to Covid-19 related reasons, Government figures show.

The Department for Education released data today that shows an estimated 1.05 million pupils were out of school on July 15, the equivalent of around one in seven (14.3%).

Of the 1.05m pupils who missed school:

- 773,700 pupils were self-isolating due to a possible contact with a case of coronavirus from inside school

- 160,300 pupils were self-isolating due to a possible contact with a case of coronavirus from outside school

- 47,200 pupils had a confirmed case of coronavirus

- 34,800 pupils were absent as a result of school closures due to Covid-19 related reasons

- 34,500 pupils had a suspected case of coronavirus

The proportion of pupils in England out of school for Covid-19 related reasons is on the rise, the figures show.

14.3% were out of school on July 15, up from 11.2% on July 8 and 8.5% on July 1, the DfE said.

A similar trend was seen in teachers and school management, with an estimated 6.6% absent due to Covid-19 on July 15, up from 5.4% on July 8 and 4.2% on July 1.

For teaching assistants and other staff, the proportion absent due to Covid-19 was estimated to be 6.4% on July 15, up from 5.2% on July 8 and 3.9% on July 1.

The attendance figures for state school pupils have been adjusted to exclude those year 11-13 students not expected to attend because they are off-site, the DfE said.

The latest figures come after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that the use of "bubbles" in schools and colleges in England will come to an end as the country eases lockdown restrictions.

Current rules say that children have to self-isolate for 10 days if another pupil in their bubble - which can be an entire year group at secondary school - tests positive for coronavirus.

But Mr Williamson has said it will be up to individual schools and colleges as to whether they scrap the bubble system this week ahead of the summer holidays, following the move to Step 4 of the road map.

This story is being updated

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Iranian women attend a mourning ceremony for President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran

Mourners begin days of funerals for Iran’s president killed in helicopter crash

The new product launches on 23rd May

Greggs to launch fish finger sandwich in latest addition to menu - see if your local store has them in stock

Anne Robinson has revealed she has 'given away' her £50million fortune to her family to save it from the taxman after she dies

Anne Robinson has 'given away' her £50million fortune to her family to save it from the taxman after she dies

People attend a ceremony to pay tribute to Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi

What next for Iran’s government after death of president in helicopter crash?

Thousands of mourners packed the streets of Tabriz this morning as they mourn President Ebrahim Raisi

Thousands of mourners pack the streets as funeral procession begins for Iran’s President Raisi

Thunderstorms are returning to parts of the UK

Goodbye sunshine as parts of UK set to be battered by thunderstorms as Met Office issues weather warnings

Palestinian gunmen at a refugee camp in the West Bank city of Jenin

Israeli forces kill at least seven Palestinians in West Bank raid

Lord Ken Clarke has 'questions to answer' over Infected Blood Scandal minister tells LBC amid calls to revoke peerage

Lord Ken Clarke has 'questions to answer' over Infected Blood Scandal minister tells LBC amid calls to revoke peerage

Giovanni Pernice has faced further claims of workplace misconduct

Ex-Strictly star Giovanni Pernice faces new allegations as dancer accuses him of ‘doing horrendous things’ to her

Your morning news briefing, Tuesday May 21: Infected Blood, Rwanda, Assange, Weather and more

Your morning news briefing, Tuesday May 21 2024: Infected Blood, Rwanda, Assange, Weather and more

Kate is said to be 'excited' by the development

Princess of Wales ‘excited’ by progress on early years project as Palace issues update on her cancer treatment

A woman in her 50s was pronounced dead at the scene, police confirmed

Woman in her 50s mauled to death by XL Bully dogs as police with riot shields storm London house

Bronx, USA. 05th Oct, 2019. Scarlett Johansson arrives on the red carpet at the 'Marriage Story' premiere at the 57th New York Film Festival on Friday, October 04, 2019 in New York City. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI Credit: UPI/Alamy Live News

Scarlett Johansson 'shocked' and 'angered' over 'eerily' similar voice used by AI bot

Kaitlin Palmieri lost her husband-to-be the day of their wedding

Woman, 35, whose fiancé died on their wedding day, opens up about discovering he cheated on her

Biden

Biden rejects International Criminal Court warrant request for Israeli leaders

More than half of all investigations with a child victim are now being committed by other children.

Concerning rise in children committing serious sexual abuse as ‘normalised’ online behaviour escalates