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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com and Mary-Louise.Clews@tes.com.
Autumn term visits from Ofsted have been critcised by many as a distraction and unhelpful during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Now it seems that predictions that the visits could pose a public health risk may have proved accurate after a primary school in London is understood to have had to close after an Ofsted inspector who visited the school has since tested positive for Covid-19.
According to the school's website, St Mary's CE Primary School in Islington closed on Friday 16 October and was set to reopen on Friday 23 October.
Bluetooth headsets and webcams - the 'new normal' teaching?
The excitement of returning to teaching in the classroom this term was tempered by the knowledge that approximately 40 students would be on the school site but not present in the lessons for the first two weeks of teaching, writes Ampleforth College assistant headteacher Helen Pepper.
These would be international students, flying to the UK from countries currently on the quarantine list. While their friends attended classes, they would be quarantined in a separate boarding house or working from home.
We decided that we should do everything we could to integrate these students into the classrooms with their peers. Rather than simply setting work online, we wanted students to participate in a live-streamed lesson they should be in, to be able to contribute to a class discussion, to work with their peers, and to be part of the hustle and bustle of the classroom.
Is another exams disaster imminent in 2021?
Last week, details of Ofqual’s board meeting minutes before 2020’s exam grading fiasco were published, revealing that the regulator had serious concerns about its algorithm before the government’s U-turn over the issue.
Exams reporter Catherine Lough suggests this also begs the question about how much education secretary Gavin Williamson knew about the inconsistencies of Ofqual’s algorithm before A level results day, or if he was even told about them.
If Mr Williamson was unaware of the details, this implies the relationship between Ofqual and the government may have become dysfunctional, or that communication between the regulator and the department was poor.
The task facing Ofqual and the government this year is, if anything, even harder, with a cohort that has missed more teaching time than pupils in 2020. If the communication issues between Ofqual and government are not resolved, could this mean a further grading fiasco in 2021?
Live streaming school events this winter? Here’s how to do it well
Coronavirus means it is highly likely the usual end-of-year events such as concerts, carols and plays are not possible in the normal sense.
However, thanks to technology, live streaming events to families watching at home is entirely possible – as long as you know what you’re doing.
Niall Statham, head of physical education at Hartland International School in Dubai, which has broadcast numerous events over the past months to parents at home, offers his 10 tips for success.
New super-kitchen wants to serve Covid-hit pupils
As the political row over school meals intensifies - with many arguing that Covid-19 has worsened food poverty among children -two Indian charities have stepped in with a new "super-kitchen" to help with holiday hunger in England.
The kitchen, set up by the GMSP and Akshaya Patra foundations – opened in Watford this week, and can serve children thousands of meals a day.
It has started by preparing with hot food for children on free school meals in holiday clubs, but now the charities are looking for schools to work with so that they can offer meals to pupils during term time.
Read the story in full here.
Impact of second wave on schools grows
Yesterday saw a rash of sobering news stories revealing how rising coronavirus infection rates are hitting our schools.
The latest weekly official school attendance figures showed that most secondaries in England had pupils off self-isolating last week after potential contact with Covid-19 cases in their schools.
The “grim” new data prompted heads to warn the Department for Education that it had “never fully grasped the scale of the challenge” in terms of the number of laptops for pupils, that schools needed to cope.
And more new data shed some light on teacher Covid infections, revealing a disproportionate concentration in the North West. This in turn helped prompt calls to cancel next year’s exams because of the much higher levels of coronavirus disruption schools in some regions are encountering.
You can catch up on more of yesterday’s coronavirus related schools news here.