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More than 280,000 pupils used Oak National Academy during the first day of teacher strikes – twice as many as during the Covid-peak last year.

Government figures estimate 54 per cent of schools were closed or partially closed yesterday because of teacher walk-outs over pay.

Figures supplied by Oak show 282,280 pupils used the platform – which is now controversially an arms-length government body.

This is 17 times more than the average daily pupil figure in January (16,615 pupils per day). It is twice as much as Oak’s daily peak in 2022 due to the Omicron Covid-variant (130,545).

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