Ministers set to end automatic isolation for pupils in England

Move means hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren will no longer have to stay at home after contact with Covid case

Hundreds of thousands of pupils will no longer have to automatically isolate after contact with a positive Covid case when schools return in September in England, ministers are expected to announce.

A quarter of a million children missed school in a single week because of coronavirus infections, self-isolation or school closures this month – the most disrupted week since schools fully reopened across the country in March.

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