More than one in 5 secondary school pupils in England is out of school due to coronavirus – the highest number since September.
Keeping children in the classroom has been one of the key goals for the government who say half a million laptops are going to schools to help pupils who are isolating.
But it’s a policy which comes with enormous challenges for both pupils and staff. Before the pandemic – school attendance was generally around 95%. The latest figures show just 78% of teenagers are in the classroom.
Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by education Branwen Jeffreys in Knowsley on Merseyside.
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