Covid bulletin #53: When will we reach herd immunity?

May 6, 2021 | Sector & policy

This is the 53rd of a series of bulletins produced by ISE to update members on key data and policy related to Covid-19. This bulletin covers the period 22nd April – 5th May 2021.

You can access all of the Covid-19 bulletins on ISE insights.

Latest Covid-19 data

Data taken from Wikipedia and from the government’s Covid-19 dashboard.

The UK has now had over 4.4 million identified Covid-19 cases and 151,000 deaths (with Covid on the death certificate).

The number of new cases and the number of deaths are now approaching the level that they were during summer 2020. The number of cases and deaths are continuing to fall most weeks.


Covid news

Data from the government’s Covid-19 dashboard.



  • Government catch up schemes are only having an impact on a tiny minority of students.
  • Schools are now deep in the process of examining GCSE and A level students. Ofqual has revealed the quality assurance approach that it plans to use with this.
  • New survey suggests that the vaccine roll out is making the UK more attractive to international students.
  • The Career Development Institute has launched its new CDI framework to support careers education across the lifecourse.


The economy


The labour market


Changing patterns of work


Student recruitment and development

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