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: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com and Mary-Louise.Clews@tes.com.
Rise in Florida pupil Covid cases fuels school opening row
Just weeks before schools are due to open, Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations among children in the US state of Florida have risen, adding fuel to an ongoing debate over the safety of school reopening plans.
New cases among under-17s have increased by 34 per cent and hospitalisations by 23 per cent in eight days, according to figures from the Florida Department of Health.
Read more here.
Preparing for school reopenings as covid cases rise: The view from Vietnam
In Vietnam, teachers are returning to school this week, despite the country recording its first deaths from coronavirus and a re-emergence of the virus.
For teachers, this means hopes of a normal return to school have been dashed and an unclear term awaits.
Rebecca Markham, an English Language and Literature teacher at an international school in the country, explains what the past few weeks have been like and how she’s found ways to cope with the uncertainty.
Pupils can drop set texts in 2021 exams
GCSE English literature students will have the option to drop one of their set texts – although they must answer on Shakespeare – next year, after teachers raised concerns over how pupils would cope with complex literature while learning remotely.
The news was announced by Ofqual today, along with confirmation that there would be more choice in questions for GCSE historians, and that pupils would not be assessed on GCSE geography fieldwork or science practicals next year.
However, apart from GCSE history, ancient history and English literature, there will be no further choice in the questions pupils answer in other subjects.
Three wellbeing tips for dealing with Covid-19 upheaval
Teachers are no strangers to dealing with change, but this year, Covid-19 has brought more upheaval to schools than ever before.
And the coming term is likely to be just as unpredictable. So, what can teachers do to prepare for the inevitable changes that are still to come?
“Thankfully, there are things that you can do to up your comfort levels when it comes to change,” says Jo Steer, who shares three wellbeing strategies that can help teachers to cope with change next term.
“When I’ve found my worries spiralling over the past few months, these techniques have really helped,” she says.
The battle between pubs and schools: Who's winning?
The fact that pubs and schools are competing for cabinet attention sums up the strangeness of the times we live in.
But if it were down to parents, which institution would be prioritised: Britain's boozers or our education system? It's a question posed by personal finance expert Martin Lewis on Twitter.
Today's Twitter Poll: If govt medical advisers suggested to reopen schools pubs would need to be shut, to keep virus under control.— Martin Lewis (@MartinSLewis) August 3, 2020
Which measure would you favour, shutting pubs, or children continue schooling from home?
(Parent below means 'of a school age child')
Surprisingly enough, schools appear to be in the lead.
'1,000 pupils per school could be tested for covid-19 every day’
The new LamPORE test, which can detect the presence of COVID-19 in 60 to 90 minutes, could be used in schools.
That’s according to business and industry minister Nadhim Zahawi who was speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning.
Meanwhile, government advisor Sir John Bell said up to 1,000 school children per school could be tested in a day.
Read the story here.
What trade-offs as we head into an unpredictable winter?
But will this require a tightening of freedoms elsewhere, as infection cases rise? This weekend saw speculation that the needs of pupils may be pitted against the struggles of the pub industry.
Meanwhile, there have been suggestions that the government could establish a covid "risk register" for the over-50s as we head into autumn. But teachers and heads have questioned how schools would cope if large chunks of their older staff were required to stay home as a result of being branded high-risk.
It's hard to predict how the autumn and winter will pan out, and teaching union figures are pressing for a national Plan B and for greater clarity on whether pupils and staff need face masks.
This comes amid weekend reports that new studies suggest coronavirus transmission by children is at least as high - or even higher - than it is by adults.
We'll bring you all the latest updates and you can catch up with last week's developments here.