School leaders in England are experiencing “a high level of disruption” with nearly half reporting that pupil attendance this term is lower than expected in a usual year, a survey suggests.
Heads are concerned that self-isolation rules are “actively contributing” to the spread of Covid-19 in schools, and risk more children missing out on school in the long run, according to school leaders’ union NAHT.
More than one in four say they have already exceeded Covid-19 case thresholds set by the Government, and on average respondents say they have had three members of staff absent due to Covid-19 this term.
A poll by NAHT of more than 1,100 school leaders in September suggests 78% lack confidence in the Government’s Covid-19 guidance for schools.
Current guidance says that if a certain threshold of Covid-19 cases is reached, schools should consider “taking extra action” and seek public health advice if they are concerned.
The first threshold is if five pupils or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for Covid-19 within a 10-day period, or if 10% of pupils or staff who have mixed closely test positive within 10 days.
The survey found that 26% of school leaders have already met one of these thresholds this term.
Figures have been released by the property website, Zoopla There are nearly 1,800 more streets across Britain where the average home is valued at £1 million-plus compared with a year ago. Anaylsis by Zoopla found some 11,673 streets in September 2021 had an average property price of £1 million or more, which was 1,782 more than the 9,891 million pound streets in September 2020. The South East of England accounts […]