More children attending school than first lockdown

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Department of Education state: "Five times more children are attending school compared to the first lockdown"

More children attending school than first lockdown

Five times as many children have been attending primary school in the current national lockdown compared to the first in March.

Figures from Department of Education show 21% of children, who attend primary school, were on site last week.

In the first lockdown 4% of children carried on attending primary school.

The figures also show 5% of secondary school students are still attending school compared to 1% in the first national lockdown.

An overall total of 14% of children were attending school on 13 January which is approximately 709,000 children.

The government has said that only vulnerable children and the children of key workers should attend class in person.

All other pupils have been told to learn remotely until mid-February due to tighter restrictions regarding social distancing.

To help with online remote learning the government has delivered more than 200,000 laptops and tablets to help since the start of this term.

Figures from the Department for Education suggest that 239,103 devices have been sent to councils, academy trusts, schools and colleges across England since the beginning of this lockdown January 4.

The total of laptops and tablets which have been delivered since the start of the scheme has reached 801,524.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “Mr Johnson has previously stated ‘the priority is to get schools open as soon as possible, but whether that is after the half-term break depends on a number of things’ including progress in the vaccination programme.”

Regional figures may be taken into account when the government start to discuss schools being able to reopen.

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