The Department for Education had published a report on attendance in educational and early years settings during the coronavirus lockdown. The Department found that 84,000 children attended and educational setting on Friday 17 April, this is about 0.9% of pupils who normally attend school. This is down from 3% of children who attended school on Monday 30 March. The report goes on to say that much of this fall in attendance can be accounted for by the fact that Friday 17 of April fell within the school holidays. More worrying, however, of those who attended school on Friday 17 April, 24,000 were classed as vulnerable. This only represents around 5% of all children and young people classified as ‘Children in Need’ or those who have an Education, Health and Care Plan. The Guardian has reported that child protection referrals have dropped by as much as 75% in some areas, with family life hidden behind closed doors during the lockdown and children invisible to the authorities. Both the Shadow Minister for Children and Young People, Tulip Siddiq, and the Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson, Layla Moran have called for urgent Government intervention to ensure that these children are properly cared for during the crisis.
Read the DfE report here and The Guardian article here.