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Schools will get enough carbon dioxide (CO2) monitors to put one in every classroom, the DfE has announced, as figures show a steep rise in the number of severe flu cases in England.

The Department for Education (DfE) told headteachers in an update on Thursday that it would provide CO2 monitors to be placed in the “remaining 50 per cent” of classrooms.

It introduced the £25 million scheme last September to help staff identify when ventilation needed to be improved, in an effort to prevent more Covid disruption.

DfE said the extension would be backed by an additional £24 million in funding, adding that the monitors would help schools with “energy efficiency” amid soaring bills.

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