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.
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Stop using Covid-19 to impose your vision of education, say teachers
Teachers attending the conference of the National Education Union today have backed a motion stating that the DfE is trying to impose its own vision of curriculum and pedagogy in the wake of Covid-19.
And they also made it pretty clear that they do not like that vision.
Delegates called on subject teaching to be more creative, and also voted to campaign for a diverse and inclusive curriculum, pointing out that teacher autonomy is crucial.
Public sector pay freeze ‘an insult’ to teachers after pandemic
The pay freeze affecting public sector workers, including teachers, has been branded “an insult” to those who kept the country going through the pandemic.
During the conference of the National Education Union, teachers backed a motion to call for a pay rise for teachers in a submission to the School Teachers' Review Body.
The NEU is calling for a pay rise for teachers of at least 7 per cent for 2021. And it means business: it says it will “build towards” a ballot for national strike action if its demands are not met.
Has the pandemic improved pupil behaviour or not?
This morning as Gavin Williamson launched the government's latest drive to improve behaviour in schools the education secretary seemed clear that Covid was part of the problem.
He said that remote learning had been "a tremendous success", but added that "the lack of regular structure and discipline" would "inevitably" have had an effect on pupil behaviour.
But the comments showed a marked change of emphasis from those made at the end of last month when Mr Williamson said “behaviour and discipline has really improved over the last year”.
You can read more here.
Discrimination against women ‘relentless’ during the pandemic
Discrimination against female teachers was already a problem but has become “relentless” during the Covid-19 pandemic, a union leader has warned today.
Nearly all - 99 per cent - of attendees at the National Education Union's annual conference today backed a motion to support campaigning for better maternity rights. And the union’s joint general secretary, Mary Bousted, has painted a bleak picture of how women have fared at work during the pandemic.
She mentioned challenges such as women being forced to start their maternity leave early, being denied flexible working and being punished for taking time off related to their pregnancy.
Among the NEU’s plans for tackling the situation, a survey will be conducted to find out women’s experiences of being pregnant at work.
Read more here.
Teachers have been “a lifeline” to poorer pupils in pandemic
Teachers have revealed how they have handed out clothes, food and furnishings to struggling families during the Covid pandemic.
Some children have gone to school with holes in their shoes and without winter coats, while others have been left worried about when they will get their next meal, according to members of the NEU teaching union responding to a survey.
Schools and teachers have been a “lifeline” to many disadvantaged pupils during the pandemic, says the NEU.
Read the story here.
Covid catch-up: Only 21% of teachers see tutors as key
Only one in five teachers thinks catch-up tutors are an "important" way of helping pupils to recover learning lost during the Covid pandemic, according to a survey by the NEU teaching union.
And 98 per cent of the 10,000 teachers don't see longer school days or changed term times as 'worth considering'.
You can read more about the findings here.
Some certainty on face masks in classrooms
Teachers now know exactly the conditions they will be expected to work in when they return to school after the Easter break.
Yesterday saw the Department for Education announce that face masks will remain a requirement in secondary classrooms until 17 May at the earliest.
All other safety measures will also continue, including twice-weekly asymptomatic Covid testing of staff and students, smaller group bubbles, increased hygiene, ventilation, and social distancing where possible.
You can catch up on more of yesterday’s coronavirus related schools news here.