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' rights 'being trampled over’
NASUWT teachers' union highlights ‘naked opportunism’ of schools driving through ‘unfair practices’ when ‘teachers are at their most vulnerable'.
It says “unacceptable” practices from schools during the coronavirus outbreak include ending fixed-term contracts of teachers without paying them to the end of the contract and withdrawing job offers from teachers who have already resigned from their current posts and were due to start after Easter.
Read the full story here.
Prep schools expected to pass on savings to parents by cutting fees
Independent prep schools are likely to pass on coronavirus closure savings through reductions to catering and other costs, to parents through fee freezes and cuts, Tes has learned.
Christopher King, the chief executive of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS), told Tes that conversations he had had with prep schools "suggest strongly schools are considering the likelihood a combination of some or all of a freeze for the foreseeable, a reduction for the summer term and the possibility of reduced fees in September".
He added that there was a "huge amount of goodwill and emotional attachment between parents, pupils and prep schools" and that “if schools don’t exploit that they’re most likely to be seen as fair. We have all got to work together”.
'I wanna be where my students are. I wanna see, wanna see them learning'
At a time of great stress and uncertainty for teachers and pupils alike, it can be difficult to keep spirits high.
But teacher Laura Kate Rodgers has tried to "spread smiles" through her own take on a Disney classic, in which she laments that she has an ample supply of highlighters, rules and pencils – but no class to share them with.
Four ways that teachers can help Year 11 pupils
While Year 11 pupils may not have A levels this year, many still want to continue their learning journey.
One pupil offers their thoughts on what teachers can do for them during their last few months of schooling.
Will university places be capped this year?
A Level students dealing with the closure of schools and the cancellation of exams may also be affected by a suggested cap on university student numbers.
The idea has been proposed by Sir Chris Husbands, vice-chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, as a way of helping universities deal with the uncertainty caused by covid-19.
'Radical action' is needed, Sir Chris writes, in a paper published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI).
MAT invests £2m in tech for poorer pupils and those with SEND
The differing levels of home learning resources available to children has led to widespread fears that the coronavirus could widen the attainment gap.
But one of the largest academy trusts in the country has now said it will spend £2m on devices for pupils while schools remain closed.
The Academies Enterprise Trust will buy 9,000 additional chrome-books and devices so that pupils with an Education and Healthcare Plan (EHCP) and those who are eligible for free school meals will be able to access digital learning while schools remain shut.
We are into Week 2 of mass school closures - although many teachers are of course still going into work to supervise the children of key workers, or providing lessons remotely.
What this work should look like has already been the subject of much discussion, and conversations are likely to continue this week.
Many commentators are also looking beyond the current crisis to predict how the pandemic could shape our education system for years to come.
We will continue to bring you the latest news, guidance and updates to support teachers through this extraordinary time.
Catch up with all the developments impacting schools amidst the coronavirus outbreak so far here.