Welcome to the Tes coronavirus liveblog. The outbreak of Covid-19 is an uncertain time for everyone, but schools and teachers are likely to face more disruption than many.
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?
Nationwide shutdown from next week and exams cancelled
All schools across the UK will close their doors from the end of the school day on Friday and stay shut "until further notice", the education secretary has announced.
However a skeleton service for the children of key workers will need to be provided, he added.
Exams due to be held in May and June this year will be cancelled as a result, prime minister Boris Johnson has announced this afternoon.
More detail to follow.
Pressure grows for GCSE, A level and Sats cancellations
A teaching union chief has added his voice to a growing chorus calling for the cancellation of exams and Sats this year due to coronavirus disruption.
Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the NEU teaching union said it was 'not credible' to let exams and tests run as normal and pupils facing GCSEs and A levels should not be left in the current 'terrible position.
Meanwhile, a teacher's petition calling for tests to be shelved this year has collected 20,000 signatures and counting.
‘Minority of schools experiencing impact on teaching’ says new report
We’ve been hearing about severe staff shortages and plummeting attendance rates for several days now, so many will be surprised to learn that a new report suggests only 15 per cent of schools are experiencing an impact on teaching due to coronavirus.
The research, by consultancy C3 Education, also found that just under a third (30 per cent) of the 650 schools surveyed are anticipating future impacts.
However, the report said only 13 per cent of schools definitely have enough information and guidance to deliver teaching in the event of a school closure.
And close to half of primary schools do not have enough information at all.
Auntie steps in to support schools remote teaching during outbreak
The BBC is putting the final touches to a screen-based curriculum of remote teaching programming following discussions with the Department for Education and schools.
The national broadcaster's move is designed to support the GCSE and A-level curriculums with extra programmes on weekday evenings on BBC Four and BBC Red Button.
Coronavirus will put supply teachers on the breadline
According to the 2020 minimum income calculator set up by the The Centre for Research in Social Policy, a UK household of two adults and two primary-age children needs an average of £679.04 a week to have a “decent” standard of living.
However supply teachers will be expected to survive on statutory sick pay of £94.25 a week - less than a day's pay - if they need to self-isolate due to coronavirus.
The situation is worse if schools close - like any other 'gig economy' workers, supply teachers will simply find themselves unemployed indefinitely with zero financial compensation.
New teacher supply must not be disrupted by school closures, DfE warned
Trainee teachers completing their school placement training up to the end of the summer term should be allowed to qualify despite coronavirus disruption.
The current requirements for how much time trainee teachers should spend in schools "must be suspended", as many will be unable to finish their placements for reasons out of their control, The Universities' Council for the Education of Teachers (Ucet) has said.
Read the full story here.
Schools shutdown in Scotland, Wales and Jersey to prevent further covid-19 transmission
Schools in Scotland will close at the end of this week and could stay shut until the end of the summer term, Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced,
Speaking at a briefing earlier this afternoon, Ms Sturgeon said the move to close schools was "inevitable."
Meanwhile the Welsh government announced its schools would also close at the end of the week, and Jersey said it would shutdown state education settings for four weeks from next Monday (23rd March).
Schools to close in Scotland and Wales, and other 'decisions to be taken imminently"
BREAKING: Schools in Scotland and Wales will close at the end of this week, the devolved government's have announced.
The news comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in Westminister earlier that "further decisions will be taken on schools.....imminently".
More to follow.
UK PM: Further decisions on schools expected "imminently"
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has thanked teachers for their efforts to keep schools open and has indicated advice for schools would change soon.
Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions in Westminister earlier today he said "further decisions to be taken on schools" should be expected "imminently."
Staff shortages force schools to reduce timetables or close
Schools around the country are being forced to close or restrict timetables as increasing numbers of staff and pupils self-isolate due to coronavirus, despite government advice to keep gates open for now.
Some schools have closed completely, while others have cancelled teaching of whole year groups. Some are running staggered timetables so different classes can attend school on different days to ensure some teaching provision can continue.
Read the full details here.
Forcing schools to stay open 'pointless'
Government proposals to force schools to stay open are 'pointless and potentially counterproductive," according to the school leaders' union NAHT.
The measures were included in the Emergency Powers bill - published overnight by the government in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Measures include asking schools to reduce staff rations and adapt meal and SEND provision in order to stay open and "ensure children, young people and those who work with them remain safe, while minimising disruption to everyday life."
Full story here.
An hour and 45 minutes to get through to DfE helpline
The Department for Education set up its helpline to help schools with any queries they might have related to the virus.
But heads and teachers have had to put up with lengthy wait times in order to speak to someone. One head teacher says the call centre needs to be better staffed.
Schools to close across Russia from next week
Russia has become the latest country to announce a nationwide school shutdown.
Authorities have announced that educational settings would close for three weeks from next Monday (23rd March) as ‘an extended spring break’ due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Schools battle on
As the coronavirus outbreak continues, schools are having to deal with the consequences of self-isolating staff, pupils being taken out of school and changing government guidance.
They are also planning for what happens once the government decides they should all close, by pulling together online resources and remote learning tools, and trying to ensure that disadvantaged children will still be fed.
How long can they realistically stay open? All the updates will be brought to you here.
For a recap of what happened yesterday, read our last live blog.