News podcast: School openings, pay freezes and pizza

The Tes news team discuss when it might be safe for schools to reopen more widely, a pay freeze for teachers and whether senior teams should give their staff care packages

Catherine Lough

Tes News podcast 26 February 2021: Schools reopening, Covid catch-up and GCSE grading

Join the Tes news team as we talk about when schools might be able to reopen safely, a pay freeze for teachers and the rights and wrongs of care packages for teachers.

We discuss whether Covid rates will be safe for the government's proposed 8 March reopening date and how global infection rates have impacted school openings.

And we look at how 91 per cent of teachers oppose Ofsted resuming full school inspections in the summer term, according to our Tes survey.

We cover how mass Covid testing in schools could be a "work in progress" and teaching unions' reactions to a pay freeze for the profession.

While we wait for the outcome of Ofqual and the Department for Education's consultation on GCSE and A level grading, we look at teachers' reactions to the idea of using past papers only to assess students.

And we finish with a story about whether schools should purchase pizza kits for teachers to boost morale.

 

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Catherine Lough

Catherine Lough is a reporter at Tes.

Find me on Twitter @CathImogenLough

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