COVID-19

Asymptomatic testing in schools

Asymptomatic testing in schools could cause you concerns when returning to the classroom. The DfE explains that rapid testing using Lateral Flow Devices (LFD)s will support the return to face-to face education.

Can teachers refuse to be vaccinated?

Can teachers refuse to be vaccinated? As a teacher, you might refuse to be vaccinated for Covid-19 due to medical concerns, personal or religious beliefs.

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: 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 catch-up premium: what is it?

The Department for Education (DfE) has  announced £1 billion of funding (the Covid catch-up premium) to support children and young people to catch up lost time after school closure. This is especially important for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds.

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?

Staff in secondary schools and colleges are "being advised to wear face coverings in all areas, including classrooms, where social distancing cannot be maintained, as a temporary extra measure".

Long covid: what do teachers need to be aware of?

Long covid will impact teachers with a number of school staff suffering long-term effects. In this article, we look at the symptoms of long covid, what type of support you should receive from your school and link to further information.

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.

Summer schools: what do teachers need to know?

As a teacher, you might be interested in how to be involved in summer schools and if you would be paid for doing so.The DfE explains that summer schools are optional for staff to attend.

Teacher assessment in 2021

Teacher assessment in 2021 will be a topic which will draw much attention. Students taking GCSE, AS and A levels regulated by Ofqual, should be awarded grades based on an assessment by their teachers.

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.