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Absence rates for primary school teachers with Covid-19 were six times higher in England than for children in the same settings, an analysis suggests.

Teacher absences due to a confirmed case of coronavirus were up to three times higher in secondary schools than those of pupils, according to research from the Education Policy Institute (EPI) think tank.

It is 'highly likely' that more teachers had a confirmed case of Covid-19 during the autumn term than the wider adult population, but more government data is needed to confirm this, the report says.

Approximately 0.5 per cent to 0.9 per cent of primary teachers in England were absent due to a confirmed Covid-19 case during the autumn term.

This is compared to between just 0.05 per cent to 0.15 per cent of primary pupils, the analysis finds.

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The highest teacher absence rate - of 3 per cent - was found in Bury, Greater Manchester. The lowest rates - which were close to zero - were seen in the Isle of Wight and Hertfordshire.

Absence rates for primary school teachers with Covid-19 were six times higher in England than for children in the same settings, an analysis suggests

Absence rates for primary school teachers with Covid-19 were six times higher in England than for children in the same settings, an analysis suggests

About 0.6 per cent to 1 per cent of secondary teachers were absent compared with 0.2 per cent to 0.3 per cent for secondary pupils.

The analysis suggests that teacher absence rates due to contracting Covid-19 ranged significantly across the country.

The absence rate ranged from between 2 and 3 per cent of all secondary school teachers in Bury in Greater Manchester, Hartlepool in Co Durham, Thurrock in Essex, Calderdale in West Yorkshire, Blackburn in Lancashire and Salford in Greater Manchester, to almost none in the Isle of Wight and Herefordshire.

Teacher absences due to a confirmed case of coronavirus were up to three times higher in secondary schools than those of pupils, according to research from the Education Policy Institute (EPI) think tank

Teacher absences due to a confirmed case of coronavirus were up to three times higher in secondary schools than those of pupils, according to research from the Education Policy Institute (EPI) think tank

Luke Sibieta, research fellow at the EPI, said: 'This research shows that a far greater share of teachers missed school due to a positive Covid-19 test compared with pupils.

Children did NOT play a key role in spreading coronavirus during the first wave of the pandemic 

Children are unlikely to have played a significant role in the spread of coronavirus during the first wave last year, a study shows. 

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Throughout the pandemic it has become increasingly evident children are less affected by Covid-19; symptoms, severe disease and death figures in children are all much lower than would be expected when compared to the rest of the population. 

Figures from Public Health England (PHE) show the current risk of dying from coronavirus if infected is 1,513 per 100,000 people for over-80s, but for children aged five to nine, this is just 0.1 per 100,000. 

The exact reason for this discrepancy remains unknown, but a

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