Around one in 20 children in England are out of school due to issues linked to the pandemic and lockdown, the Children’s Commissioner has suggested.
Anne Longfield stressed the number of schools who have sent pupils home due to a Covid-19 case was very small.
There were many others, she said, with special needs or emotional problems, who had not yet returned from lockdown.
But getting Covid tests to schools quickly was a test the government could not afford to fail, she added.
Some eight million children attend England’s schools and colleges, so 5% is about 400,000 pupils.
Ms Longfield told BBC News that the number of children back in school was good, thanks to the heroic efforts of…
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