Schools saw a “manageable” number of pupils arrive at their doors today as they begin to adjust to a new way of working, as parents “heeded calls” to keep their children at home unless they had no other option.
But things did not go as smoothly elsewhere – with leaders reporting the requirement to submit a new attendance form had crashed the Department for Education’s website. Meanwhile other schools have also been tasked with filling in lengthy risk assessments for vulnerable pupils.
One of the major concerns for headteachers leading in to today was that the number of children attending school would overwhelm already stretched workforces.
‘Attendance messaging is working’
Jonathan Simons, director at Public First policy consultancy, said an “informal pulse test” showed several of the biggest…