Welcome to the Tes coronavirus liveblog. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is causing uncertainties for everyone.
Schools are facing unprecedented disruption with exams cancelled and many teachers facing working with "bubbles" of pupils or delivering remote lessons.
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, 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.
IB curriculum changes delayed due to Covid-19
Four International Baccalaureate subjects were due to be taught under a revised curriculum next year, namely literature and performance; classical languages; computer science, and theatre.
But the International Baccalaureate Organisation has decided to postpone these changes by at least a year, citing loss of teaching time and logistical challenges caused by the pandemic.
Read the full story here.
Teachers told they have no increased Covid death risk
Teachers are not at an increased risk of dying from Covid-19 compared to the general working age population and are in a lower risk profession, the government's UK chief medical officers and their deputies have said.
In a joint statement, summarising the latest evidence on health risks around schools reopenings, they say that "current international evidence" suggests transmission of Covid-19 from school age children "to parents or other adult family members is relatively rare compared to transmission from adults".
However the statement also acknowledges that "this evidence is weak". And it adds: "Teenagers may be more likely to transmit to adults than younger children."
Back to school: 5 great teaching moments to look forward to, pandemic or not5 great teaching moments to look forward to, pandemic or not
Going back to school during a pandemic is hardly anyone’s idea of fun.
But, as Niall Statham, head of physical education and a member of the SLT at Hartland International School in Dubai outlines, there is plenty to look forward when you get back to the classroom – or the sports hall.
Ofqual grades gagging clause defence dubbed ‘desperate’
In the latest episode of the Ofqual versus the Royal Statistical Society saga, the RSS chief executive has dubbed the exam regulator’s defence of the gagging clause it was asking statisticians to sign as "pretty desperate stuff".
He also said he was surprised to receive Ofqual’s letter, as he imagined the exam regulator was busy with other things at the moment.
Read more here.
‘Employ more teachers’ to keep schools open
More teachers should be employed by the government to allow schools to stay open safely if Covid-19 infections rise, the largest teaching union has said.
The National Education Union (NEU) is suggesting using student teachers who have yet to find posts, as well as a “mobilisation of supply staff” - and also says schools need extra space.
Its call came as prime minister Boris Johnson issued a plea to parents to send their children back to the classroom when schools reopen next month.
Read the full story here.
30 outbreaks of Covid-19 linked to schools’ wider reopening in June
Teachers are being warned to be vigilant as a new report shows there were 30 outbreaks of coronavirus in English schools after they reopened more widely in June.
Public Health England (PHE) report, published on Sunday, said the reopening of schools following the easing of national lockdown was associated with a total of 198 confirmed Covid-19 cases – 70 in children and 128 in staff.
The report said the majority of cases linked to outbreaks were among staff and warned that staff need to be “more vigilant” regarding exposure outside of school.
Fining parents who don't send children back to school is 'last resort'
With schools set to return for all pupils next month, minister Nick Gibb has said that fining parents for their children not attending will only be done as a last resort.
He acknowledged that some parents would still have concerns about Covid-19 and the return to schools, but stressed that education was compulsory and that fines could be used if necessary.
The schools standards minister added: “We live in a country where education is compulsory and I think parents can be reassured that the measures that schools are taking to make sure that we minimise the risk of the transmission of the virus are very effective.”
Reception pupils to get language support as part of Covid catch up plans
Schools in England are being urged to apply for funding for an early years "catch-up" language programme for Reception aged pupils.
The programme is aimed at supporting early language skills of children after the education disruption caused by the coronavirus crisis.
Read more here.
Masks debate and grades crisis
Should teachers wear face masks? What about pupils? Should older students wear them but not younger children? Would visors be better for communication?
The debate shows no signs of waning, and yesterday the World Health Organisation and Unicef leant their weight to the argument that secondary students should be wearing masks at school.
Meanwhile, there is continued fallout from the exams grading crisis, with Ofqual hitting back at warnings from the Royal Statistical Society about a gagging clause that statisticians were asked to sign if they offered to help with the exams watchdog's controversial grading algorithm.
The society was concerned that the non disclosure agreement would have prevented its members commenting on Ofqual's final choice of grading model "for some years after this year’s [exam] results were released".
But Ofqual chair Roger Taylor has written to the society stating that its concerns were "incorrect".
We'll continue to bring you all the latest developments here.