Author Archives: Andrew Lifford

Coronavirus: what does furlough actually mean?

Many of us have probably not heard of the term furlough before the coronavirus pandemic. The Oxford English Dictionary definition of ‘furlough’ is a “leave of absence, especially that granted to a member of the armed services; to “grant [a] leave of absence to” and to “lay off (workers), especially temporarily.”

Easter holiday opening hours

Teachers - Easter holiday opening hours

We hope you are looking forward to an Easter break if you are able to have one through these difficult times. Our staff and caseworkers have been working hard throughout this period, answering your questions, creating content and supporting new and ongoing cases.Over the Easter weekend, and the week following, from Friday 10th April to Sunday 19th April (inclusive) we will be operating slightly reduced operating hours from 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday. 

Coronavirus: secondary teaching resources

The Department of Education (DfE) explains it has brought together a list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. These websites have been identified by some of the country’s educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils. They are currently being offered for free.

Coronavirus: primary teaching resources

The Department of Education (DfE) explains it has brought together a list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. These websites have been identified by some of the country’s educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils. They are currently being offered for free.

Join our weekly COVID-19 webinars for school staff

what kind of teachers are in demand 1 - Join our weekly COVID-19 webinars for school staff

Connection and talking to one another during these times is vitally important for our well-being. It can feel lonely working from home and you might feel disconnected from your colleagues and school communities. That is why we are launching online webinars from next week for teachers, school staff and anyone interested in education.

Coronavirus: QTS and NQTs

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed that trainee teachers who miss out on their full complement of school training hours because of school closures will still qualify as teachers. Mr Williamson said he would be prepared to waive normal requirements to gain QTS for trainees.