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Staff absences having ‘massive impact’ on pupils in England say head teachers

Friday 3rd December 2021

More than half of 1,000 senior teachers surveyed say they have insufficient staff due to absences caused by Covid and illnesses

Teacher absences are the biggest barrier to children recovering the learning lost during the pandemic, according to head teachers in England, as new data showed that shortages in key subjects such as physics are becoming worse.

More than half of the 1,000 senior teachers in England surveyed by The Key – a support service for school leaders – said they had insufficient staff due to absences, caused by Covid and illnesses, to help pupils fill the gaps arising from school closures.

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