School attendance unclear during phased return in Southwark

Katherine Johnston (17 June, 2020)

Across England only a quarter returned

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Only a quarter of eligible pupils were back at schools across England in the first week of June – but as yet there is no publicly available regional data showing take up in Southwark.

The Department for Education, which publishes statistics on attendance weekly, said it did not currently have plans to release a local authority breakdown.

Only half of schools opened to the first year groups brought back into education – reception, year one and year six.

Meanwhile, it is believed four in ten students are not in regular contact with their teachers – according to a study from the National Foundation for Educational Research.

As the News has reported, Southwark Council has said it would support parents who chose not to send their kids back to the classroom before September amid safety fears.

Protective measures at schools include staggered start times, socially distanced queues and classrooms, temperature readings on arrival, and hand-washing stations in the playground.

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