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.
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Government’s Covid response shows they don’t trust teachers, union delegates will be told.
After the coronavirus led to the cancellation of the National Education Union’s annual conference earlier this year, a special one day event is being held this weekend.
And, as you might expect, Covid-19 features heavily on the union’s agenda.
One motion to be voted on by teachers states that the government’s response to the Covid 19 crisis and its reliance on exams going ahead shows that it does not trust teachers.
The motion calls for Sats to be replaced with moderated teacher assessments this year, and for heads to refuse to require preparation for Sats in their schools if the tests do go ahead as the government plans.
New website gives Covid 19 data for the surrounding area of every school in England
From today, parents and teachers can quickly discover how many cases of the coronavirus there are in the area around their schools.
A new website has been launched by the National Education Union which will have weekly updates about the number of cases of the virus around every school in England and show whether the numbers are increasing and if any local restrictions are in place
The union has said it hopes the website will help to support public health messages about the virus and reassure people in areas where transmission rates are low.
People can also use the coronavirus map for schools site to contact MPs to call for more testing in schools.
Online learning ‘amounts to little more than revision’, MPs told
As increasing numbers of pupils are being sent home because of Covid-19 restrictions, and uncertainty grows about what the rest of 2020 holds for schools, a leading teaching union figure has warned that there are limits to what can be achieved through online learning.
The president of the NAHT school leaders' union, Ruth Davies, told a committee of MPs today that online learning usually amounts to "little more than revision" and cannot be used to teach pupils new concepts.
She also told the Women and Equalities Committee that supporting disadvantaged pupils to catch up after Covid-19 will not be achievable through quick fixes.
We need nightingale classrooms to keep schools open, say teachers
We need “Nightingale classes” to be created to allow for smaller class sizes, rather than pupil rotas, to help schools stay open as Covid-19 spreads, a teaching leader has said today.
The National Education Union's joint general secretary, Kevin Courtney wants the government to show the same ambition in increasing classroom space that it did when the Nightingale hospitals were created.
Read the full story here.
Forget Sats and focus on Covid recovery, say teachers
The Department for Education has made it clear that it expects Sats to go ahead in 2021, despite calls for them to be scrapped due to Covid-19.
But the largest teaching union could call on headteachers and governors to refuse to require that teachers prepare for the assessments, it has emerged this morning.
The plan, which would see primary schools instead putting their efforts into recovering from the Covid-19 disruption, is set to be put forward in a motion to be heard at the NEU’s special conference on Saturday.
Read here for the full story.
Covid-19 putting 'massive strain on teacher workload'
Almost three-quarters of teachers say their workload has increased this term and more than half say they now go without regular breaks.
The finding comes in a survey of NASUWT teaching union members, which reveals their workload has been “exacerbated” by expectations on teachers to develop remote learning in the wake of Covid-19 – as more and more pupils are sent home and colleagues fall ill or self-isolate.
You can read more on this story here.
‘Immense pressure’ on schools as Covid spreads
Yesterday saw the publication of startling new official evidence of the impact of the renewed growth of the virus on schools.
Department for Education data revealed that the number of secondaries in England now at least partially closed has doubled to more than 500, in a single week.
This led heads to warn of the “immense pressure” schools were facing as they found themselves on the frontline of a public health emergency and problems over access to Covid tests persisted.
There was also continuing concern over the “miserable” cold classroom conditions teachers and pupils are having to endure as windows are kept open to allow ventilation to reduce the circulation of the virus.
Meanwhile the DfE released extra guidance making it clear that schools will have to hold GCSEs and A levels this autumn even if they are in the middle of local lockdowns and extra buildings have to be found.
You can catch up on more of yesterday’s coronavirus schools news here.