Week 25 2020Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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A summary of attendance in education settings since Monday 23 March and early years settings since Thursday 16 April.

These statistics have been produced quickly in response to developing world events. The Office for Statistics Regulation, on behalf of the UK Statistics Authority, has reviewed them against several key aspects of the Code of Practice for Statistics and regards them as consistent with the Code’s pillars of Trustworthiness, Quality and Value.

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Headline facts and figures - 2020

  • Approximately 92% of settings were open in some capacity on 18 June, the same as on 11 June.
  • We estimate that 12.2% of pupils (1,160,000) were in attendance at education settings in England on 18 June, up from 9.1% on 11 June.
  • From 1 June, the government asked schools to welcome back children in nursery, reception and years 1 and 6, alongside children of critical workers and vulnerable children. We estimate 78% of settings were open to at least one of these year groups on 18 June, up from 67% on 11 June.
  • Attendance was highest in year 6, with approximately 34% of all year 6 children in attendance on 18 June, up from 26% on 11 June. Attendance was around 26% in year 1, up from 20% and 29% in reception, up from 22%.
  • From 15 June, secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges were asked to begin providing face-to-face support to students in year 10 and 12 to supplement their learning from home, alongside full time provision for students from priority groups. We estimate 60% of settings were open to at least one of these year groups on 18 June, excluding FE colleges and special post-16 institutions.
  • Approximately 10% of year 10 and year 12 students were in attendance on 18 June, excluding students in further education (FE) colleges and special post-16 institutions. The Department's guidance states that settings are able to have a quarter of the year 10 and year 12 cohort in attendance at any one time to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Around 22% of children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a social worker were attending an education setting on 18 June, up from 18% on 11 June.
  • Early years settings were also asked to begin welcoming back all children from 1 June. We estimate that on 18 June, 282,000 children were attending early years setting – about 17% of the number of children who usually attend in term time.

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