Around 86 per cent of pupils enrolled went to their state faculty in England final Thursday — down from greater than 89 per cent the week earlier than, Department for Education (DfE) knowledge present.
Nearly two in three secondary colleges in England had at the least one pupil self-isolating at dwelling on 12 November, in response to the figures.
In secondary colleges, attendance was round 83 per cent final Thursday, in comparison with 87 per cent on 5 November.
Overall, roughly 6 per cent to eight per cent of state faculty pupils didn’t attend faculty for coronavirus-related causes on Thursday final week, the evaluation reveals.
The DfE mentioned the drop in state faculty attendance was “mainly due to the increased number of pupils self-isolating due to potential contact with a case of coronavirus”.
Schools have remained open throughout England’s second lockdown over coronavirus, in comparison with spending greater than two months open to solely weak kids and people of key employees through the first one.
Paul Whiteman, the final secretary of faculty leaders’ union NAHT, mentioned: “The government is quite correct to put a high priority on preserving young peoples’ education.”
However, he added: “The drop we have seen in attendance in secondary schools this week in particular is a real cause for concern.
“We remain very concerned about the spread of the virus, particularly amongst older pupils and in secondary schools.”
A DfE spokesperson mentioned: “Over 99 per cent of schools have been open every week since term began and millions of pupils are continuing to benefit from being in school.
“The Chief Medical Officer remains of the view that schools should remain open, and has highlighted the damage caused by not being in education to children’s learning, development and mental health.”
Additional reporting by Press Association