Welcome to the Tes coronavirus liveblog. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is causing uncertainties for everyone.
Schools are facing unprecedented disruption with exams cancelled and many teachers facing working with "bubbles" of pupils or delivering remote lessons.
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? If you have stories you want to share or information you think should be circulated, then contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com and Mary-Louise.Clews@tes.com.
What’s it worth to cancel your priceless holiday in the sun?
It’s emerged today that schools could offer financial compensation to teachers if they agree to cancel holidays in Spain following new quarantine rules which could prevent them being present for the start of next term.
That’s one of the options being suggested as unions and lawyers move to help school leaders work out how to deal with staff who may unwittingly find themselves on the a quarantine order at the start of term.
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Hand sanitiser and extra cleaning isn't free
More than 14,000 schools have submitted claims to the DfE for “exceptional costs” related to cleaning and safety between March and July, new government figures show.
And now headteachers a are urging the government to rethink its decision not to cover the same costs during the Autumn term.
A survey of 1,800 schools by the NAHT school leaders’ union has revealed that schools will be paying, on average, £9,990 in extra costs to open in September, and the union says that if every school in the system had incurred similar levels of expense, that would equate to £240m across England.
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How monsters took over the reading world during lockdown
During lockdown EdTech came to the fore like never before. For the online game Teach Your Monster to Read this meant it saw a huge uptick in users from March onwards from countries around the world - with users now logged from 175 of the 195 countries in the world.
We spoke to the developers and teachers on how they have used the platform to help continue to engage children in the act of learning to read, with their monsters right there with them.
Read more here.
Getting children back to school remains a ‘national priority’
Despite fresh concerns about the coronavirus crisis sparked by new lockdown measures were announced for Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire last night, the PM hasn’t backtracked on school reopenings.
He said getting children back to school ‘in a Covid-secure way’, in September or on 11 August if in Scotland, is a national priority.
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Plans to open schools continue amid shifting restrictions
We learned overnight that new restrictions have been imposed in Greater Manchester and parts of Yorkshire and Lancashire in response to localised increases in Covid cases.
With schools planned reopening in September still over a month away, we can't say whether the measures will effect getting pupils back into classrooms in the effected areas.
So, despite fears of a second wave, for the moment at least the messaging is still very much about getting schools back to as close to normal as possible. Yesterday Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that all pupils would return to school at the end of the holidays in August.
However Ms Sturgeon was unable to guarantee teachers would have access to a planned coronavirus surveillance programne from when term starts on August 11th, but said teachers should expect to be "as safe as football players."
Meanwhile, new analysis by the Education Policy Institute offered a silver lining of the pandemic, as it revealed that applications for teacher training had soared by 65 per cent since lockdown.
To catch-up on all of yesterday's developments click here.