COVID-19

Can teachers go abroad on half-term holiday?

You might already have a half-term holiday booked abroad, visiting relatives in a different country or might be thinking of going on holiday within the UK. As teachers you are limited to when you can take holiday throughout the year, so you will want to know what the expectations from the Department of Education (DfE) and from your school are. 

Coronavirus: can teachers refuse to attend school?

Some teachers might feel they do not want to attend school because of the risk of Coronavirus and potentially infecting family and friends. ACAS explains that employers should listen to any concerns staff may have. The organisation also explains that if an employee refuses to attend work, it could result in disciplinary action. 

Coronavirus: meeting expectations set from school

If school staff have concerns about what is expected of them the first course of action is to speak to their line manager or headteacher and ascertain what is expected of them before taking the necessary steps to work out how that might be achieved.

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.

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.

Coronavirus: school governors

The DfE advises against governing bodies meeting in person, and to instead adopt alternative arrangements, for example, by using video or teleconferencing applications. These may include but are not limited to: Skype, Microsoft Teams and Zoom.

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: 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.”

Covid testing in schools

Covid testing in schools will be an issue which many school staff will have to be knowledgable in. The Department for Education (DfE) have announced that lateral flow tests will be deployed to all secondary schools and colleges to help detect asymptomatic cases.

COVID-19: Mental health support

Managing your mental health is important during the COVID-19 crisis. We know that this will be a worrying time and you will be concerned about your role, income as well as supporting your pupils and wider school community.

Do teachers have to wear face masks in school?

The government has revised its guidance on face masks for school staff and children in Year 7 or above in England. Nationwide, while the government is not recommending face masks are necessary, schools will have the discretion to require face masks in communal areas.

Lockdown Two: What do teachers need to know?

The Department for Education (DfE) has published updated information to support schools during the second national lockdown in England. The second lockdown came into force on Thursday 5 November and will last until Wednesday 2 December.

Ofsted: what works well in remote education?

Ofsted has published a short guide on remote education which draws on findings from their interim visits, research and literature reviews. In this article we provide a summary of the guide.

Remote education framework: review your provision

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a framework (download from here) to support schools to identify strengths and areas for improvement in their remote education provision. The framework is not statutory and you can adapt it to suit your school and context.

Safeguarding teachers and pupils online

You might be concerned about safeguarding issues when teaching pupils remotely from home. In this article we summarise advice from the Department for Education (DfE) and link to useful resources to support.

Self-isolation: what do I need to know?

You might be told to self-isolate but are unsure of what will be required of you. In this article, we summarise guidance from the NHS on self-isolation and the steps to take.

Tutoring catch-up plan for schools

Tutoring will be at the forefront of a "catch-up plan" for pupils. The government will spend £1 billion on an education “catch-up plan”, with a large chunk of the cash going directly to schools.