COVID-19

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.”

Coronavirus: who are keyworkers?

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home.

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.

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.