Welcome to the Tes coronavirus liveblog. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is causing uncertainties for everyone.
Schools are facing unprecedented disruption with efforts to keep schools open and 'Covid-secure' 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.
I in 5 schools impacted by positive Covid cases since the start of term, tes analysis shows
Schools in England have only been back fully open for a month, but already the coronavirus is causing disruption for many.
Figures obtained by Tes show there have been more than 1,100 schools in England with at least one positive coronavirus test result across 40 council areas since the beginning of last month.
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‘Grave error’ to legally enforce school’s duty to provide remote education, heads warn
The Department for Education’s decision to enforce a legal expectation on schools to deliver remote education is “a grave error” that sends the message that it does not trust school leaders or teachers, headteachers have warned.
With pupils being sent home because of Covid cases in their school or symptoms meaning they cannot attend an increased focus is being placed on remote learning.
The government has used temporary continuity direction powers to place an obligation on schools to provide immediate access to remote education for pupils if they are absent because of Covid-19, which comes into effect in three weeks' time on 22 October.
DfE: No laptops for disadvantaged pupils who are self-isolating
While the DfE has added 100,000 devices to its free laptop scheme, it says they’re not available to disadvantaged children are self-isolating because of coronavirus symptoms.
The new laptops will be available to disadvantaged children in Years 3 to 11 who do not have access to a device and whose face-to-face education is disrupted – as well as those in all year groups who have been advised to shield because they are clinically extremely vulnerable.
But rules of the scheme include that secondary schools limiting attendance by "operating a rota model" in local lockdown areas will not be allowed to order laptops for disadvantaged pupils.
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Schools should get a ‘pisa’ the Italian test plan
The government is being urged to implement 'rapid' coronavirus and flu testing in schools of the type being proposed in Italy.
The 'antigen' tests being rolled out across Italian schools have a very short response time (15 minutes), although they are more prone than other types of tests to false positives and false negatives.
The tests have already been successfully deployed in airports and ports to screen passengers
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Fears testing chaos may force school closures
The fact that it has been difficult for teachers and pupils to access Covid tests will come as a surprise to very few.
But the sheer scale of problem has been exposed by a Tes survey of headteachers, which found that 20 per cent are "struggling" to keep their schools open due to the testing chaos.
And a quarter of heads told us problems with testing capacity have forced them to send at least one bubble home.
One primary head said: "We are rapidly using up resources for cover staff – if current pace continues, resources will be gone in matter of weeks and if no staff, no money to cover, [then] closure only option."
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Business Managers warning over Covid impact on school budgets
The coronavirus is impacting on all aspects of school life. And a new survey has shown this is definitely true of school business managers.
A major poll of these school management staff members has revealed that the majority of schools do not have enough money in their budget to allow for the extra costs caused by Covid-19.
Well over half (57 per cent) of more than 1,500 managers said their school budget for 2020-21 was not adequate to cope with the impact of the coronavirus.
And nearly half of school business managers said their work had a negative impact on their mental health during the first four months of the crisis.
Herculean efforts will be needed to help disadvantaged pupils
Coronavirus disruption won’t impact on all pupils equally: for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, the impact on future earnings will be three times higher than for their better-off peers, according to a study by London Economics for the Sutton Trust.
Commenting on the very worrying projections of the long shadow Covid will cast on current pupils’ life chances, the Sutton Trust founder said herculean efforts will be needed to mitigate the impact on less well-off pupils.
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Call to ban exclusion during the pandemic
Exclusions should be stopped during the pandemic, a charity has urged.
Speaking to the Commons Women and Equalities Committee, the director of the Runnymede Trust has warned about rising numbers of expulsions and exclusions, disproportionately affecting black boys.
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Could ‘Nightingale classes’ help relieve the Covid pressure on schools?
The largest teaching union has suggested that extra space allowing smaller classes would be a better alternative to pupil rotas in the fight to keep schools open during a Covid second wave.
The call from the National Education Union for 'Nightingale classes' and extra teachers came as it prepared for a special conference at the weekend that will also see it debate a call to boycott preparation for next year’s SATs and to introduce more teacher assessment into GCSEs and A levels.
There was also a call to cancel next year’s GCSEs (and A levels) from Lord Baker – the former Conservative education secretary who first introduced qualification, and from two university vice chancellors to do the same for A levels.
You can catch up on more of yesterday’s coronavirus related school news here.