Headteachers believe the more relaxed government guidance on Covid in English schools is “actively contributing” to the spread of the virus, the TES reports.
There is particular concern over the rule that a child can attend school even if someone in their household has coronavirus, even if they share a bedroom.
The NAHT said the vast majority of its members lack confidence in the Department for Education’s guidance and want to see it changed.
A new poll from the union finds that a quarter of schools are seeing high enough levels of Covid to meet the DfE’s threshold for taking tougher measures to limit the spread of the virus – just weeks into the new term.
The survey of 1,000 school leaders also shows that school leaders in England are experiencing “a high level of disruption” with nearly half reporting that pupil attendance this term is lower than expected in a usual year.
It found that 26 per cent of schools have already reached the official threshold for considering extra action to stop the spread of Covid.