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?
Government voucher scheme for free school meal provision during school closures 'broken every step of the way'
Anger continues to build over the DfE's FSM voucher scheme that is leaving entitled children without meals and causing extra costs for schools chasing admin with provider Edenred.
Despite the scheme being launched on March 31, the majority of schools and families across the country are still said to have not received the supermarket vouchers worth £15-a-week for each eligible child.
One school said it ran up a mobile phone bill of £89 trying to get through to supplier Edenred on its premium rate number.
Read the full story here.
Schools should not use 2020 exams for teacher performance management, says DfE
The DfE says schools and colleges should not use the 2020 exams data as part of their teacher performance management process.
Following the cancellation of exams including GCSEs, A levels and Sats due to the coronavirus pandemic, the DfE has this afternoon published new guidance confirming that schools and colleges will not be held to account on the basis of exams and assessment data from summer 2020.
The DfE has already said that this year’s exam data will not be used for school performance data, but today’s document sheds more detail on the abolition of accountability measures.
Read the full story here
'Premature' to say when schools will open
It would be "completely premature" to state whether schools will reopen before the summer holidays, a senior scientific adviser to the government has said.
At today's government press briefing on the coronavirus crisis, Professor Dame Angela McLean, chief scientific adviser for the Ministry of Defence, said that "so much depends on this question of how well...the measures put in on March 23 [have] worked".
Asked if schools will reopen before the summer, Professor McLean said: "I am happy to answer that by saying that there's very intensive work going on to think about all sorts of different things that we might do in the next stage.
"It would be completely premature for me to give a yes or no answer to that question."
You can read the full story here
Long-awaited guidance for special schools says they must draft in teachers from other settings rather than close
In updated guidance from the government published today, special schools that are understaffed have been advised to “draft in” teachers from other schools to ensure they keep staff-pupil ratios safe.
"It is important to maintain safe staff ratios, particularly for those pupils or students whose needs mean they are safer remaining in the setting than returning home. If necessary, the setting should work with the local authority to draft in staff from other settings rather than close," the guidance said.
The government also said that staff who did not live in residential schools should be particularly careful about infection control when visiting.
Northern Irish schools remain open for average of two pupils
Schools in Northern Ireland are most likely to have no pupils in attendance, a senior Stormont official has said.
And schools have an average pupil headcount of just two, according to permanent secretary Derek Baker.
Mr Baker, from the Department of Education, said the numbers of children attending schools in the country ranges from zero to 19.
The permanent secretary added: "The most common number of pupils attending is zero and the average is two."
Assembly member Daniel McCrossan also said more equipment is needed to safeguard the most vulnerable children in Northern Ireland.
He said: "Teachers are very, very concerned about vulnerable children in their care and the lack of personal protective equipment provision being provided to them to ensure the safety of children."
IB cancels Middle Years Programme exams
The International Baccalaureate has cancelled all exams for its Middle Years Programme (MYP), the culmination of five years of secondary education, with pupils assessed aged 16.
This follows the IB's decision to cancel exams for the IB Diploma and career-related programmes last month.
Easter holiday sunshine for those who can enjoy it
Good morning, on what is set to be the hottest day of the year.
In normal times, when the usual Easter holiday rules apply, the warm Spring weather might see teachers heading out for the day for a well-earned break from lesson planning, marking and classroom work.
But these are not normal times, and many teachers will instead be heading into schools to look after pupils - perhaps their own, perhaps from other schools. And those at home are unlikely to be venturing far.
We hope as many teachers as possible are able to enjoy the sunshine at some point today.
Yesterday saw some significant updates to government guidance, for example over whether school staff require personal protective equipment (spoiler: the DfE says they don't).
You can catch up on all the developments here, and we will continue to bring you all the latest updates as they happen.