One in 12 teachers absent in England’s first week backon January 11, 2022 at 12:33 pm

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Data on England’s schools shows a rise in Covid-related teacher absence.

Boys socialise in mask at Fulham Boys School, London

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One in 12 teachers was absent from England’s schools during the first week of term, as Omicron cases spread.

The latest data shows 8.6% of teachers and school leaders were absent – and 4.9% were absent because of Covid, up from 3% on 16 December.

It comes as numerous schools have told BBC News they are unable to find temporary staff to cover.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi has said he is making contingency plans for rising rates of staff absence.

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