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Over 1 million pupils missed school because of COVID-19. This is up 25% from the week before. Primary attendance continues to be higher than secondary [Schools Week]. Get help with delivering great learning whatever challenges the pandemic brings.  

Some councils telling heads to trace COVID-19 contacts despite DfE guidance. NHS Test and Trace was supposed to take over from 19 July, but some heads are being told to keep tracing contacts until the end of term [Tes (free sign-up required)]. Stay on top of the latest coronavirus updates for your school.  

Most pupils won't be vaccinated. The government's vaccine minister has confirmed that only children at increased risk of serious disease from COVID-19 or those living with an immunosuppressed person will be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine [Tes]. 

COVID-19 contacts: what schools need to know [Tes]  DfE boss won't say if SEND review will be out by next April [Schools Week]  Ofsted's 2020-21 annual report and accounts: