One in five primary pupils was in school on Monday amid the third national coronavirus lockdown, new data shows.
Overall, around one in seven state school pupils (14 per cent) were in attendance on 11 January, including 20 per cent of primary pupils, and 4 per cent of secondary students, according to new statistics from the Department for Education.
The figures also show that 11 per cent of open primary schools reported less than 10 per cent attendance, 47 per cent reported less than 20 per cent attendance, and 98 per cent reported less than 50 per cent attendance.
School attendance: More than a third of primary pupils were off as term started
For open secondary schools, 91 per cent reported less than 10 per cent attendance, 99 per cent reported less than 20 per cent attendance, and almost 100 per cent reported less than 50 per cent attendance.
Overall, approximately 99 per cent of state schools reported that they were open.
The data is based on 82 per cent of state schools responding to the survey on Monday 11 January, and is subject to change following adjustment for non-response.
The DfE said a full breakdown of data for 11-14 January will be published on 19 January.