NEW: Blog post: What can we learn about Covid transmission in schools from teacher absence figures?

With Dave Thomson @FFTEduDatalab…

We look at teacher absence by COVID-related reason over last half term

Most interesting difference is that rate of teachers told to isolate by school because of contact in school is much higher in primary schools than secondary

While infection higher in sec’y school, lost learning per infection likely higher in prim’y

Teacher absence in secondary as likely to be due to contact outside school as inside school.

The dangers to teachers’ health are not only, perhaps not even mainly, to be found within schools.

Rates of teacher absence due to suspected and actual Covid are very similar in the two school phases

Which is a next puzzle: we might have expected higher rates in secondary schools as younger pupils are less likely to transmit infection.

Another puzzle is that the rates are flat over a time when national infection rates were changing considerably.

More data and more research needed!

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