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?
Ofsted urged to delay new teacher training inspections for at least a year
Teacher trainers are asking Ofsted to delay the new ITT inspection framework for at least a year, to give providers time to adjust to the coronavirus crisis.
The framework is set to be published this summer and implemented from September, but the Universities’ Council for the Education of Teachers (Ucet) think it should be pushed back – so teacher trainers can focus on students’ wellbeing.
James Noble-Rogers, executive director of Ucet, said "in the light of the current Corona crisis", the introduction of the proposed changes should be delayed "until September 2021 [at] the earliest".
But Ofsted said it is still planning to publish the framework in the summer term.
Full story here.
School support staff ‘upset’ at not being thanked
The education secretary may have thanked teachers for their part in keeping schools open.
But Gavin Williamson has also managed to caused ‘upset’ and ‘disappointment’ to thousands of school support staff by not mentioning them.
That’s according to public service union UNISON which has written to Mr Williamson today urging that the government to show its thanks to all school staff, who in some cases, it says, are the only ones keeping schools open with so many teachers off sick or working from home.
Read the full story here.
NASUWT to go ahead with its annual conference - remotely
Like the NEU and NAHT unions, the NASUWT teaching union has cancelled its planned annual get-together.
Instead of holding its event in Birmingham as planned, it is putting in place “alternative arrangements” to hold it online instead.
'Not a normal school holiday'
The government's voucher scheme to ensure children on free school meals are fed while schools are shut was broadly welcomed when it was announced earlier today.
But there's a catch: the vouchers will not continue during the Easter holidays - even though, as one union leader points out, it "isn't a normal school holiday".
Parents express concerns for children's education
As parents across the land grapple with how to teach fronted adverbials and GCSE maths to restless students, appreciation for teachers is at an all-time high.
This is borne out in survey findings published today suggesting that more than three quarters of parents feel the impact of coronavirus will affect their child's education in some way, and nearly a quarter indicated serious concerns.
Falling behind on learning, cancelled exams and missing socialising are among the biggest concerns parents have for their children during lockdown, the Parentkind survey found.
5 tips for using Seesaw for primary pupils
Primary school teachers are having to learn to teach remotely at a rapid pace. One tool that can help is Seesaw.
We spoke to a teacher in Italy already a few weeks into using the platform to offer 5 key pieces of advice for making the most of it
School closures 'increase pupil anxiety'
More than four fifths of schoolchildren who have a history of mental health problems say the coronavirus pandemic has made their mental health worse, a survey by Young Minds has shown.
The online survey was run between March 20, the day schools closed, and the following Wednesday when further restrictions had been put in place.
Free school meals vouchers available today
Schools can order weekly shopping vouchers for children on free school meals from today, the government has announced.
The Department for Education (DfE) has said schools will shortly receive an email from its chosen provider, Edenred, enabling them to obtain weekly vouchers worth £15 for vulnerable pupils.
Most schools have worked out the basic logistics of their new arrangements, and are focusing on the practicalities of remote learning and supporting pupils from afar.
Their efforts have not been forgotten: video tributes to the profession have been pouring in from head teachers, senior education figures, parents and pupils, expressing their gratitude for Britain’s ‘hero’ teachers.
Catch up with the developments affecting schools during the coronavirus outbreak so far here.