The Covid control system in England's schools, where groups of pupils have to self-isolate if one tests positive, could be scrapped in the autumn.

Ministers are looking at asking schools to introduce daily testing instead.

Official figures showed that in England alone this month, 172,000 children were self-isolating having potentially been in contact with a positive case in school.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has pledged to address the issue.

Frustration among parents is building over the disruption because a rising number of children and their households currently have to quarantine.

The Department for Education said that in order to keep as many children in face-to-face classes as possible, it has written to secondary schools asking them provisionally to prepare for a change after the summer break.

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