More than a quarter (27 per cent) of teachers say they do not feel safe in school, and a third are not confident about the way their school or college is dealing with suspected or actual cases of coronavirus, the TES reports.

And two out of three teachers in England have colleagues who have shown coronavirus symptoms, a survey by the NASUWT union found.

A third of teachers told the survey there is not enough PPE available to them.

The majority of teachers said their current levels of stress and anxiety were high or very high (77 per cent).

Dr Patrick Roach, general secretary of the union said: “Our survey paints a picture of schools and teachers and headteachers working flat-out to maintain a quality education for children and young people, despite the immense disruption caused by Covid-19.
“The reality is of more and more teachers being absent from work because of illness or because they need to self-isolate. This is putting enormous pressure on schools and their ability to remain open safely.”

The survey, which garnered 7,440 responses, was carried out between October 22 and November 2.