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?
‘Teachers need support for online lessons'
A social mobility charity has today called for more support for teachers when it comes to giving on-line lessons
The Sutton Trust is also calling for a voucher scheme to increase access to private tuition for lower income students, and warns that early years providers will be at risk of closure due to this crisis.
Read the story here
‘Anxiety’ among teacher trainers awaiting DfE guidance
A teacher training leader has said she is afraid teachers could be “lost to the profession” as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
Emma Hollis, executive director of the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers, also said the need to reinvent assessment and recruitment schemes at "extremely short notice" is causing providers "significant anxiety".
The DfE published new guidance for ITT providers today, stating that trainees "must continue to participate in their course to its end in order to be recommended for QTS".
However it gave no further indication as to how providers should advise students who are not on track to meet the teachers' standards.
Ms Hollis told Tes it is now "absolutely crucial" for providers to have clarity about what will happen to trainees who were at risk of failing their placements at the time school closures were imposed.
"We do still have to be mindful of them, because they are people that could be lost to the profession if we don't get it right," she said.
How to start a new overseas teaching job in lockdown
Starting a new international teaching job when you can’t travel to the destination in question may seem impossible.
Don't despair. Read here how two teachers in this situation say their school has managed to find ways to not only make them feel part of the team, but to plan for their teaching to start wherever they are in the world.
Teachers 'pressured' into working during Easter holidays
Teachers should not be forced to work in schools during the Easter holidays amid the coronavirus pandemic, and they should be paid extra for doing it, a union has stated.
The NASUWT teaching union says some members have expressed concerns that they are being told they "have to work" over Easter to keep schools open for vulnerable children and those of key workers.
But union guidance says work should only be undertaken on a voluntary basis, and is calling on schools to give clarity as to how staff who volunteer will be paid.
Read the full story here.
‘QTS couldn't prepare me for home-teaching my kids'
You’d think a teacher would cope better than most with home-schooling their children, but this Sendco says the reality is very different, with the same issues and headaches that most parents are experiencing all par for the course.
However, with a little routine and a lot of patience, a semblance of normality can be achieved that provides both structure and the opportunity for a little learning to keep everyone happy…ish.
Read the full piece here
New York teachers banned from using Zoom
Teachers in New York have been banned from using the Zoom video conferencing platform, according to news reports.
The New York Post reports that teachers have been told to use Google Hangouts Meet or Microsoft Teams instead, for safety reasons.
The news comes after Tes revealed teachers in this country have been "zoombombed", when an online seminar providing legal advice was flooded with abusive messages and foul language.
4 things to avoid when talking to anxious students
The current situation is tough for everyone, and teachers are doing their best to maintain learning while also keeping students calm and focused.
However, with very little training in anxiety management, some teachers can end up unintentionally giving guidance that doesn’t help the student and, at worst, can heighten their anxiety.
Vicki Williams, a specialist teacher of secondary students with social, emotional and mental health issues, outlines some of the well-intentioned things that are best left unsaid.
DfE: ‘School staff don’t need PPE’
Teachers do no need personal protective equipment, even when working with children who may struggle to follow social distancing guidelines, the government has said.
Schools have instead been told to follow steps on social distancing, handwashing and other hygiene measures.
Read the full story here.
Schools to get funding for extra costs during coronavirus outbreak
Schools will be eligible for extra funding of up to £75,000 during the coronavirus pandemic for additional costs incurred from remaining open.
In guidance published today, the Department for Education said that where schools cannot cover extra costs themselves – which include additional cleaning fees or costs of providing free school meals for pupils who are not covered by the existing voucher scheme – they will be covered by the government.
The government also published a range of online learning resources for pupils and parents today to help assist with home learning while most schools remain shut.
Full story here.
Beware wrong tone in emails to pupils
A heads’ union is warning teachers to be careful about the tone of their emails to pupils when keeping in touch during the school closures.
The Association of School and College Leaders says that, in emails, teachers lack the “non-verbal cues” that pupils are accustomed to, and therefore “what might be a well-meant motivational email expressing their concern about a pupils’ missing work submission might be viewed by the receiver as unsympathetic".
Read the story here.
Six ways to support disadvantaged families
The current crisis is affecting all of us, but the most disadvantaged families will be hardest hit, according toTom Harbour, the CEO of the non-profit Learning with Parents.
So understanding what works – and what doesn’t – when engaging with these families is vital if teachers are to provide the best possible remote learning opportunities for these children.
Teachers getting on with job at hand as virus tightens grip
As the prime minister fights coronavirus from the intensive care unit of St Thomas' Hospital in London, none of us is in any doubt as to the huge impact of this pandemic.
It is unclear when schools will fully re-open, but when they do, staggered school start times or playground closures may be necessary, according to a study published late last night.
We will keep you up to date on everything the teaching profession needs to support it through the crisis, and you can catch up on all of yesterday's developments here.