Teacher Tina Walsh teaching a student remotely using an iPad and an interactive white board. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Covid has changed many facets of school life, but an area that is still fraught with uncertainty is that of attendance. The pandemic is posing a seri(...)

Brigid Lyons and daughter Olivia (12). Like thousands of other sixth-class children, Olivia had been looking forward to a traditional end-of-school graduation ceremony. Photograph: Alan Betson

School’s out. Two words that would ordinarily spark joy in the hearts of primary school children. But these are not ordinary times and, for 12-year-ol(...)