Tuesday 8 June 2021 / 5:53 PM Education

School absence rates in North West 7 times higher than other parts of the country – Peter Kyle responds

Peter Kyle MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Schools, responding to Department for Education data published today showing that absence rates in the North West are seven times higher than other parts of the country, said:

“Today’s shocking new data demonstrates the government once again failing to keep our children learning in school, with those in the North West hit the hardest.

“Over the last year the Conservatives have ignored Labour’s calls for Covid security measures in schools – from proper testing to Nightingale classrooms, and the resources to make schools COVID-secure. Now it’s children and families in the North West who are paying the price.”