Hundreds of thousands of children did not return to school in England at the start of term, national figures show.
While more than 99 per cent of schools reopened at least partially, only 88 per cent of children were at school last Thursday. This equates to about 960,000 not attending – the usual attendance rate is about 95 per cent. Which means about 400,000 fewer children than usual were at school.
The government said the figures were not directly comparable. However, the absence rate for state schools was 4.9 per cent on average across the autumn term last year and 4.7 per cent for the entire academic year.
It comes as a survey of teachers suggested that less than 30 per cent thought sufficient safety
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