Schools have faced unprecedented disruption over the past year, and in recent weeks have been reopening classrooms that had been closed to all but the children of key workers and vulnerable pupils.
Here, we aim to help teachers in the UK and in international schools by gathering together all the relevant stories in one place and keeping you updated with the latest news and announcements as and when they happen.
And, as ever, we also want to hear from you. What is different in your school and in your working life because of the virus? If you have stories you want to share or information you think should be circulated, then contact us at: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and Mary-Louise.Clews@tes.com
Next Pisa to assess Covid impact on students
The next edition of the Programme for International Student Assessment will include questions about how the Covid-19 crisis has affected school students.
The flagship assessment of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Pisa assesses the skills of 15-year-olds in a number of countries in reading, maths and science, with ratings used to compile global rankings.
In the next set of assessments, a new section will be included to understand how the pandemic has impacted on students’ education experience.
You can read more here.
Teacher catch-up resources budget trebles
The government's budget for school Covid catch-up resources, including sequenced lessons, formative assessment and workbooks, has more than trebled, new documents show.
An updated procurement notice from the Department for Education (DfE), published at the beginning of this month, shows that the value of the contract to provide "in-class curriculum resources" has increased significantly since it was first advertised in February – from £3.9 million to a maximum of £15 million.
Read the full story here.
Classroom mask wearing to continue until at least 17 May
DfE guidance issued today says all current safety measures in schools, including face coverings in secondary classrooms, won't be dropped until 17 May at the earliest.
The DfE said: “The cautious approach will help limit the risk of transmission and enable continued monitoring of the effect of school and college returns, as twice weekly testing is established and embedded in pupil’s routines."
Headteachers backed the guidance but said masks should not be worn for any longer than is “absolutely necessary”.
You can read the story here
Teachers vote against replacing exams after the pandemic
During the Covid-19 pandemic, teacher assessments have been used to award grades for GCSE and A Level students. Some believe exams should be scrapped permanently after the pandemic.
But teachers have rejected a call to permanently replace GCSE and A level exams with “teacher-based assessment systems” after hearing how it could lead to greater workload and teacher bullying by parents.
The annual conference of the NASUWT teaching union was split by 43 per cent in favour and 57 per cent against the motion proposed by teacher Candida Mellor of the union’s North Tyneside Association.
Read more here.
Teachers 'denied time off work to get vaccine'
The NASUWT teaching union says it has had "widespread" reports from teachers being denied time off school to have the Covid jab.
The union’s general secretary Patrick Roach mentioned the issue in his speech to the union’s annual conference.
And he has told how he had contacted education secretary Gavin Williamson on the matter, who issued further guidance for schools as a result.
You can read the full story here.
Fears long Covid is a 'ticking time-bomb' for teachers
Financial compensation is being demanded for teachers and other staff left unable to work as a result of catching Covid-19 in schools.
The NASUWT union also wants "more supportive sickness policies that recognise the complex and changing nature of long Covid symptoms, which can see teachers going through extended cycles of illness, leading to periods of intermittent absence over a long period".
The teaching union is worried about latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data which shows that those working in education had the second highest prevalence rate for long Covid last month at 114,000 - something it describes as a potential "ticking time-bomb".
You can read the full story here.
Easter conferences will show how Covid has scarred our schools
With lockdown gradually easing and the vaccination programme well underway it’s easy to make yourself believe that things are on the way back to “normal”.
But the pandemic has left our schools system and those who work, and are educated, in it with problems that will linger longer after the immediate crisis has passed.
The NASUWT teaching union conference over the Easter weekend was a reminder of that, with the news it created littered with the coronavirus (we’ll be bringing you up to date with some of that as the day progresses).
The NEU annual conference which begins tomorrow will no doubt bring more of the same and we’ll be covering it all for you here at Tes.
You can catch-up on pre-Easter coronavirus related schools news here.