Welcome to the Tes coronavirus liveblog. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is causing uncertainties for everyone.
Schools are facing unprecedented disruption, with classrooms currently 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, 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.
A rushed return to full school reopening? I’m scared
A day after the UK death toll rose to over 100,000, Birkenhead primary teacher Laura Baxter heard with utter astonishment the prime minister's plan to move towards a full reopening of schools in just a few weeks' time.
Nothing about this plan seems logical or reflective, she writes. Instead, it seems rushed and ill-thought-through, leaving her feeling scared and anxious.
She, like the majority of teachers, wants to return to work as normal. Remote learning is not easy and provides little job satisfaction. But she also wants to feel safe.
Teachers warn prime minister’s 8 March pledge gives false hope
Teachers' leaders have warned that suggesting a date for schools to reopen more widely risks creating "false hope".
The country's biggest teaching union, the NEU, made its comments after prime minister Boris Johnson announced earlier today that he hoped schools would be able to reopen to more pupils from 8 March.
Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the NEU, said that by “setting out a potential date of 8 March” the prime minister was “falling once again into his characteristic and too often misplaced optimism,” and “pre-empting a decision that will have to be made in mid-February at the very earliest”.
"If we come out too early, we will end up in lockdown again," she added.
March school reopenings plan: 5 things you need to know
Why has the prime minister set 8 March as the date when schools can hopefully start to reopen?
What needs to happen for this date to actually work, in the eyes of the government?
What about disadvantaged children - will they continue to be given free lunches in the meantime?
You can read the answers to all these questions and more here.
Call for teacher vaccination program at half term
The Labour leader has called for teachers to be vaccinated during the February half term.
Today in prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons, Labour party leader Keir Starmer said that Mr Johnson should bring forward the dates for vaccinating key workers – including teachers - to the February half term.
This would help with the reopening of schools, he said.
Schools to receive further £300m for catch-up tutoring
Schools will receive a further £300 million of "new money" to cover catch-up tutoring costs, the prime minister has announced.
Delivering a statement on schools in the House of Commons this afternoon, Boris Johnson said the government will also "work in collaboration with the education sector to develop, as appropriate, specific initiatives for summer schools, and a Covid premium to support catch up".
The government will also continue to provide free meals for children not in school.
How safe will teachers be when schools reopen?
With schools provisionally set to reopen on 8 March teachers everywhere will be wondering how safe they will be.
New data from ONS this week gives us some indication.
While its top line findings may have been confident in claiming teachers are less at risk than average, the overall data does not offer much comfort for those concerned about returning before receiving any vaccination.
Read the full story here.
PM says he hopes it will be safe to start reopening schools in six weeks
Schools will not be opening immediately after half-term but it is hoped they can start reopening from Monday 8 March, the prime minister has said.
"The most important principle of all that reopening schools must be a national priority," he said in the Commons today.
Read more here.
Schools in North faced 'disadvantage chasm' even before Covid
We know that the pandemic has exacerbated educational equalities, and that many teachers are concerned about how far some of their pupils have fallen behind.
But even before the pandemic, persistent gaps between poorer and richer pupils were already widening, research by The Northern Powerhouse Partnership has shown.
The NPP warns that many schools facing "long-term disadvantage" were concentrated in the North of England - large parts of which were then hit particularly hard by Covid-related disruption to schooling last year.
Read the full story here.
School reopening debate is as much about the how as the when
It's not just the when but the how schools will reopen fully that is under debate.
Could schools return under a rota system? It wouldn't be schools minister Nick Gibb's first choice. Rotas are "difficult" for secondary schools to implement while educating vulnerable students and key workers' children, he said yesterday in Parliament.
The fact that it was Gibb delivering the message to MPs in the Commons in response to an urgent question - rather than education secretary Gavin Williamson, to whom the question had been addressed - was not lost on the opposition, and did nothing to dispel rumours that Williamson's days may be numbered.
But asked yesterday if Williamson's boss Boris Johnson had lost faith in him to do the job, the prime minister's official spokesman said: "No. The education secretary continues to do a good job and continues to work closely with schools as we move through the pandemic.
You can read all the latest developments relating to coronavirus and schools, and catch up on the rest of yesterday's news here.