Heads seek legal advice in bid to block teachers from travelling abroad


Headteachers could stop staff from travelling abroad during the half-term, it has emerged today.   

Law firm Stone King said it had received about 20 calls from state schools seeking advice over whether they can ban teachers from leaving the UK in school holidays, according to The Times.

This comes as more than 1,000 teachers across Scotland have been forced to self-isolate because of Covid symptoms. 

Official school attendance records have shown that while 99 per cent of schools have reopened since the coronavirus pandemic, one in 10 pupils have not returned.  

Approximately 88 per cent of state school pupils were back in class on September 10, meaning 12 per cent were marked absent, according to Department for Education figures. 

This equates to around 960,000 students not attending school – 400,000 fewer than usual. 

Law firm Stone King said it had received about 20 calls from state schools seeking advice over whether they can ban teachers from leaving the UK in school holidays. Pictured, Pupils at Rosshall Academy wear face coverings

DfE data show that two-thirds (67 per cent) of all early years settings were open on September 10, while 23 per cent were closed and 10 per cent had unknown status

DfE data show that two-thirds (67 per cent) of all early years settings were open on September 10, while 23 per cent were closed and 10 per cent had unknown status

SCHOOLS STRUGGLE WITH ‘INCREASINGLY OUT OF CONTROL’ COVID-19 TESTING ISSUES 

Schools are struggling to cope with a lack of Covid-19 tests for pupils and staff as the situation is becoming ‘increasingly out of control’, a teaching union leader has warned.

Dr Patrick Roach, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, has called on the Government to prioritise the education sector for the allocation of tests in light of the challenges. 

The union leader told Nick Gibb that pupils who have been sent home with symptoms are ‘facing uncertainty’ about when or where they will be able to access a test.

He warned that the delays in testing have meant some students and staff who are part of a ‘bubble’ within a school are not being isolated even where there are…

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