Four in ten kids in Covid hotspots forced to miss school due to second wave, study reveals

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FOUR in ten kids in Covid hotspots are being forced to miss school because of the second wave, devastating new analysis reveals.

Children living in the North of England have lost out on the most education because so many are self-isolating, the report found.

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Four in ten children in Covid hotspots hav been forced to miss school due to the second wave, a study has revealed

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Four in ten children in Covid hotspots hav been forced to miss school due to the second wave, a study has revealedCredit: EPA

The region has been hardest hit by the resurgent coronavirus tearing through Britain.

Just 61 per cent of secondary school pupils were in class in Knowsley in Merseyside, the Education Policy Institute found.

In Liverpool attendance sank to just 67 per cent, while in Rochdale just 70 per cent were in secondary school.

The alarming figures lay bare the shocking toll self-isolation is having on children’s education.

In contrast, most kids in the leafy south have stayed in class.

POORER PUPILS HARDEST HIT

In West Berkshire, Bath, North East Somerset and Kensington and Chelsea, secondary school attendance is at 94 per cent.

In Scotland, just 89 per cent of deprived pupils were in class compared to 95 per cent of richer kids.

Education experts warned that poorer pupils are the hardest hit by the pandemic.

David Laws, boss of the EPI and former Schools Minister, said: “The most disadvantaged children in the UK are facing a double blow to their education, after having lost the most learning time during the lockdown period in the spring and now during the autumn term of the new school year.

“Government support for these pupils currently falls short of what is required.”

Former Schools Minister David Laws said the Government aren't doing enough

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Former Schools Minister David Laws said the Government aren't doing enoughCredit: PA:Press Association

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He said ministers must cough up more cash for schools in areas hardest hit by the Covid second wave.

He said: “It is unclear why the government has not directed a greater proportion of funding to those pupils most in need of support.

“There is a compelling case for a more targeted approach to support poorer pupils who are disproportionately missing out on learning time, in order to prevent a significant widening of the attainment gap”.

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