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School attendance figures continue to fall

School attendance around the UK has continued to fall as the coronavirus pandemic takes a toll on education.

The Education Policy Institute said that rising infection rates had created challenges for schools since they reopened, with hundreds of pupils and staff being sent home following outbreaks of the virus.

The rates are regionalised around the UK. Which areas have the highest rates of absence? This blog post explained.

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Covid-19: Have you had any children reluctant to return?

EDBlog reported last month that there has been a significant decline in pupil attendance – amid fears there are children reluctant to return.

A report issued this week by Ofsted showed the effect of the pandemic on schools around the UK. Parent and pupil anxiety is said to have led to increased absence of pupils, while parents opting to home-school their students permanently had also increased.

What can be done if you have children reluctant to return? This blog post explains.

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1 in 20 pupils absent from the classroom

There are 400,000 pupils absent from the classroom due to issues associated with the pandemic and lockdown.

The Children’s Commissioner said that pupils sent home due to a Covid-19 was relatively small but many children with special needs or emotional problems had yet to return.

The figures continue a worrying trend set by schools in Scotland, where 12% of pupils were absent on one day last month.

What can be done to increase the number of children receiving an education? This blog post explains.

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Catch-up sessions for holiday

Parents can be fined for taking children on holiday during term time without the school’s permission because children miss valuable learning. For students who are absent, catch-up lessons for holiday learning time are vital to get them back on track. 

The UK Government states:

You have to get permission from the headteacher if you want to take your child out of school during term time. And you can only do this if:

  • You make an application to the headteacher in advance (as a parent the child normally lives with)
  • There are exceptional circumstances
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SEND/CAMHS support

Children with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) have faced lots of changes to their daily lives because of Covid-19.

Routines and regular support that they rely upon may be significantly different – and this presents challenges.

Parents and carers may be concerned throughout the pandemic how changes are affecting their child. It also presents some challenges on how parents and carers manage their own work and home life.

But platforms are available to support children with SEND to receive an education. This blog post takes a look at what is available and advice that you and your child can follow given the situation.

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Class and Year bubbles

Class and year bubbles are the new norm for schools this autumn.

Unlike the general public who are limited to 6 people, schools can have larger groups though are expected to keep these to a minimum.

This blog post provides top tips for doing this along with the latest bubble guidance.

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Poor student attendance

More than 100,000 students were absent from school in Scotland on one day at the end of August, according to Government figures (12%).

Health anxieties amongst parents and pupils means that many pupils are reluctant to return to the classroom.

The Government has said that it will fine families who do not attend. But how will this work and do you have a contingency plan in place? This blog post tells you all you need to know.

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