Around one in six state secondary faculties in England weren’t absolutely open final week, newest authorities figures have present.
Eighty-four per cent have been open to all college students final Thursday, in keeping with Department for Education (DfE) information.
This is a drop from 92 per cent on 17 September.
Partial closures have been primarily because of coronavirus-related causes, the DfE mentioned.
A tiny proportion of state faculties – 0.2 per cent – have been fully closed on 24 September, in keeping with the most recent out there figures.
Meanwhile, 93 per cent of state faculties in whole have been absolutely open – down from 94 per cent the week earlier than.
Six per cent of state faculties who responded to the federal government survey mentioned they weren’t absolutely open because of a suspected or confirmed coronavirus case final Thursday.
This equates to round 1,000 faculties in England.
Commenting on the most recent figures, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, mentioned: “We are extraordinarily involved to see a drop within the variety of secondary faculties absolutely open because of Covid instances and the ensuing requirement for teams of pupils to self-isolate.”
“This displays the extraordinarily troublesome circumstances through which faculties are working amidst rising an infection charges locally.”
Gavin Williamson, the training secretary, mentioned: “It is encouraging to see that the overwhelming majority of colleges stay open, with greater than 7.2 million pupils estimated to be attending faculties final week gaining all the advantages of being within the classroom.
“Only a small minority of pupils are at the moment self-isolating and there may be distant training provision in place for the brief time they’re unable to attend college.”
He added: “I’m hugely reassured schools have the right protective measures in place to reduce the spread of the virus, and are only asking close contacts of confirmed cases to self-isolate.”