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msn.com 14 Jan, 2022 19:00 am

teachers at English secondary schools on the first week back

In England, following a Christmas break full of uncertainty about further restrictions, a rise in the number of Omicron Covid cases and disrupted Christmas plans due to self-isolating family members, pupils returned to school at the start of January for a new term. Only a few days before teachers returned to school, new advice emerged from the Department for Education (DfE) saying all secondary school pupils should wear masks in classrooms in an...

Only a few days before teachers returned to school, new advice emerged from the Department for Education (DfE) saying all secondary school pupils should wear masks in classrooms in an attempt to stem a rise in cases of the Omicron variant.“It’s been awful,” said Julia*, who teaches at a secondary school in London.” Tom, 40, a deputy headteacher in Essex who leads his secondary school’s Covid response, said staff and student absences have been at their highest this term since the start of the pandemic.“We haven’t had many absences compared to other times during the pandemic,” said the secondary school teacher.

“We had less than half of our students show up for a lateral flow test before the start of term and quite a few of our parents didn’t grant permission for their children to be tested.” She said her school has a high number of disadvantaged children and the situation with Covid has become more difficult following years of little to no funding.

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