Head teachers are reporting “highly variable” levels of attendance, ranging from 40% to 70%, as primary schools in England bring back more pupils.
Geoff Barton, leader of the ASCL heads’ union, says the return has been “very mixed” – with some schools not yet open and some children staying away.
Children in Reception, Years 1 and 6 are the first groups able to return.
It comes as lockdown measures are eased in England, including groups of six people being allowed to meet outside.
Schools have remained open throughout the coronavirus restrictions for the children of key workers and vulnerable children – but from Monday more than two million more pupils have been invited back.
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