By Josh White, Education Reporter For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:37 GMT, 27 October 2020 | Updated: 01:12 GMT, 28 October 2020
Almost 600,000 secondary school pupils were forced to isolate at home for Covid-related reasons last week.
The alarming figures from the Department for Education show nearly a fifth of children were off on October 22.
But the majority of those sent home had not contracted Covid and simply had potential contact with someone infected.
Only a minuscule number, or around 10,000, have actually tested positive, the figures showed.
Almost 600,000 secondary school pupils were forced to isolate at home for Covid-related reasons last week. Pictured: File photo
Parents' group Us For Them said state schools were struggling with DfE guidance which has left swathes of children being unnecessarily out of school.
Co-founder Molly Kingsley said: 'We know some schools are being sensible but we also know others are sending whole bubbles or year groups home.
Youth unemployment is set to hit the highest level in four decades after the furlough scheme ends this weekend, a report has warned.
Analysis by the Resolution Foundation reveals young people and those from ethnic minorities are bearing the brunt of the jobs crisis.
It found that one in five 18 to 24-year-olds who have been furloughed have since been thrown out of work – the worst jobs crisis for young people since the early 1980s.
A similar proportion of people from ethnic minorities have lost jobs after being on the Government's furlough scheme.
The report estimated the overall unemployment rate has risen from 4.5 per cent over the summer to 7 per cent last month.
But it said the jobless rate for 18-24 year olds has almost doubled since the crisis started to 20 per cent.
Kathleen Henehan, of the Resolution Foundation, said: