Pupils missed 33 million days of in-person education due to Covid last autumn
- Official figures show the majority – 60 per cent – of pupils saw their schooling affected by the need to self-isolate or shield, often in classes or bubbles, with the average pupil missing five days of school.
- Absence rates are typically between 4 per cent and 5 per cent in the first term of the academic year, according to the DfE.
- This year the rate stood at 11.7 per cent, or 55 million days, including 7 per cent resulting from Covid self-isolation or shielding.
- It also includes a 4.7 per cent absence rate for other reasons, amounting to three days per pupil and 22 million lost school days.
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