Welcome to the Tes coronavirus liveblog. The outbreak of Covid-19 is an uncertain time for everyone, but schools and teachers are facing unprecedented disruption with schools now closed and exams cancelled.
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?
Are ministers doing enough to help pupils on the wrong side of the digital divide?
Day one of the new online National Oak Academy saw more than a quarter of a million virtual lessons accessed, it was revealed this evening.
Backing for the new 'school' is part of a package of measures announced by eduction secretary Gavin Williamson yesterday.
It also included free laptops for some disadvantaged pupils. But today a group of lawyers threatening to take the secretary of state to court for failing to stop pupils without internet access from falling behind said it was not enough.
The Good Law Project told Tes its crowd funded action would continue. You can read more here.
Teacher trainees expected to suffer from 'perfect storm'
Large numbers of teacher training providers are concerned about the quality and number of mentors for trainees, new research reveals.
A survey of more than 100 school-based providers has found that 90 per cent of providers were concerned about the quality of mentors they could recruit in "at least some instances".
The NASBTT – the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers – conducted the study in February, but warns the pandemic has since made the situation even worse.
Conditions in schools after lockdown could now create a "perfect storm", according to NASBTT executive director Emma Hollis.
You can learn why here
Row with DfE over PPE for teachers
Britain’s second-largest teaching union says it is locked in an argument with the government over whether personal protective equipment (PPE) should be provided in schools.
This afternoon, Patrick Roach, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, said the need for PPE in schools was one of the main issues being raised by members.
He said: “PPE needs to be provided and we’re in an argument with the government on that because the government is reluctant to accept that in some circumstances personal protective equipment is absolutely necessary."
Read more here
Lockdown has exposed the plight of the disadvantaged
Once we’re beyond Coronavirus, government must commit to a long-term, well-funded policy of righting social injustice – especially for those with SEND.
Powerful stuff from headteacher Jarlath O’Brien on life after the lockdown.
"For things to truly improve it needs ministers to admit that the inequalities that have existed in this country for generations are structural and systemic," he writes.
Read the rest here.
NHS staff say 'keep teachers safe'
Thousands of NHS workers are calling for schools to stay shut until stringent safety measures in place.
In an open letter to health secretary Matt Hancock, the staff say schools should remain closed until widespread testing for Covid-19 is in place along with “rigorous contact tracing and scrupulous adherence to quarantining”.
"It is not fair to increase teachers’ risks while not knowing how many people are losing their lives because of work, because a teacher's work means sharing rooms and equipment with many people, from many households, again and again," the letter says.
Read the full story here
'Free internet for Year 10s only scratches the surface'
Government plans, which were published yesterday, to give free laptops to some disadvantaged pupils is welcome - but it must go further, says Tes columnist Michael Tidd.
You can find out why here.
Huge gap in level of home learning resources available to pupils
The differing amounts being spent by parents on home learning resources have been highlighted in findings from the Public First think tank.
Almost one in 10 pupils have had over £150 paid out on resources such as stationery and equipment, but just over half of parents have not spent anything, according to the poll of 1,508 UK adults with children aged 2-18, carried out on behalf of the Sutton Trust.
Only two-fifths of parents (42 per cent) feel confident about teaching their children at home, and 45 per cent were satisfied with the learning support provided by their child's school since the shutdown, the findings show.
Williamson on 3 key questions for teachers
Should there be PPE in schools?
What's the scientific advice on teacher safety?
Tes put the questions to education secretary Gavin Williamson at yesterday's daily press briefing: read here to see what he said.
Summer term begins
Good morning, at the start of a very unusual Summer term.
Over the weekend, the government made several announcements affecting schools, including that it would be providing free laptops to an as-yet unspecified number of "disadvantaged" pupils to help with home learning.
For those wondering when schools will re-open, education secretary Gavin Williamson yesterday set out five tests that will need to be passed before pupils can return to classrooms en masse - echoing the tests previously set out by foreign secretary Dominic Raab for any easing of the lockdown restrictions.
We will continue to bring you the latest developments, support and comment, and you can catch up on the weekend's news here.