Welcome to your one stop shop for all the latest education news for teachers and everyone else who works in schools or is interested in them.
At Tes the news team publishes many stories a day covering everything from exams to teacher workload, the coronavirus crisis, school funding and the curriculum.
This is your easy way of keeping up – somewhere you can find everything we have covered that day in a single, easy to access, place.
Exclusive: Parents say no to longer school days and shorter holidays
While Gavin Williamson has advocated longer school days and shorter holidays as part of his “transformative” catch up plan, parents seem to have other ideas.
According to an Ipsos Mori poll, seen exclusively by Tes, parents would prefer to see more wellbeing support rather than longer school days in the wake of the Covid lockdown, according to an Ipsos Mori poll.
In fact, only one in five parents would prefer longer school days, and one in four would choose shorter half-term holidays.
Read more here.
Former education secretary Shirley Williams dies aged 90
"I doubt that anyone in politics in the last generation had more friends and admirers, and fewer enemies, than Shirley Williams."
That's what former Labour schools minister Lord Adonis, an architect of the academies movement, said of ex-education secretary and champion of the comprehensive school system Baroness Williams of Crosby, following her death aged 90.
Baroness Crosby – better known as Shirley Williams – was also described as a "trailblazer" for education by the House of Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle.
Read the full story here.
Call to scrap primary school homework
Primary schools should stop giving pupils homework, the Scottish Greens have said.
The party will this week launch its Scottish Parliament election manifesto with a call to reduce demands on younger children at home so that they can spend more time socialising as the Covid lockdown eases.
Read more here.
Teacher who browsed porn on work laptop gets professional ban
A teacher who browsed pornography on his work laptop, including during work hours, and messaged users in a chatroom on an adult website, has been banned from the profession by the Teaching Regulation Agency.
The TRA panel that assessed the case initially gave the teacher a two-year review period on the ban, but the TRA decision maker decided to extend the period to four years. After that period, he will be able to apply for the ban to be lifted.
Covid: Should pregnant teachers be going into school?
With the Covid vaccine not widely recommended for pregnant women, Emma Sheppard founder of The MaternityTeacher/ PaternityTeacher Project looks at the issue of their safety.
Recently updated government guidance regarding an easing of shielding measures for clinically extremely vulnerable people has raised questions for pregnant teachers, she writes.
At a time when movement and change are in the air, many – particularly those who are in their third trimester – are wondering what these new guidelines mean for them.
You can read more here.
A clear message to the government on teachers’ pay. But will it listen?
The largest teaching union ended its annual conference last week with a clear message to Gavin Williamson – teachers deserve a pay rise not a real terms’ cut.
NEU joint general secretary Mary Bousted said teachers had "gone beyond the extra mile" during the pandemic, describing them as "heroes".
"We know the truth when we see it and the truth is that this government was fulsome in its praise of the public sector – for nurses and doctors, for teachers and leaders – when it was desperate.
"But when things get back to a new normal – because of nurses and doctors and teachers and leaders – it reverts to type.”
But will the NEU’s demand for a 7 per cent pay rise make any difference? It has talked of strike action but only voted to “use surveys of members to build towards a ballot for national strike action at an appropriate time, with all tactical options considered”.
The question is will that be enough of a threat to persuade chancellor Rishi Sunak to abandon his public sector pay freeze?
You can catch up on the rest of last week’s schools news here.