UK coronavirus LIVE: Death toll jumps by 155 as Boris Johnson refuses to apologise over 'cowardly' care home comments

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  • July 7, 2020
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The proportion of primary schools in England that have opened more widely to children has dropped slightly, new figures show.

Approximately 88 per cent of schools that usually have children in nursery, Reception, Year 1 or Year 6 were open to at least one of these year groups on July 2, down from 89 per cent on June 25.

But the data shows that the number of pupils attending primary schools has continued to rise.

Attendance is highest among Year 6 pupils, with more than two in five (44 per cent) of all Year 6 children in attendance on July 2, up from 41 per cent on June 25.

The data shows that only 38 per cent of pupils in Year 1 attended school on July 2, up from 34 per cent on June 25, and 40 per cent in Reception, up from 36 per cent, despite opening more widely to pupils at the start of last month.

But the proportion of Year 12 students attending schools and sixth-form colleges has fallen slightly.

Approximately 12 per cent of Year 12 students, excluding students in further education (FE) colleges and special post-16 institutions, were in attendance on July 2, down from 13 per cent on June 25.

Three-quarters of secondary schools (75 per cent) welcomed back more students in Years 10 or 12 on July 2, the third week that the Government said “face-to-face” support should be offered, up slightly from 74 per cent.

Government guidance currently says secondary schools and colleges should have no more than a quarter of their Year 10 and Year 12 cohorts in attendance at any one time.

Approximately 14 per cent of Year 10 students were in attendance on July 2, excluding students in FE colleges and special post-16 institutions, compared with 13 per cent on June 25, the analysis shows.

Fewer than a quarter of children (23 per cent) who usually attend early-years settings in term-time attended on July 2 despite reopening on June 1, the Department for Education (DfE) statistics show.

Overall, an estimated 1,599,000 pupils attended schools and colleges on July 2, representing 16.9 per cent of pupils who normally attend, up from 15.6 per cent.