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 Christmas plays go ahead?

The DfE explains nativities, plays, concerts and other festive events can go ahead but it is a matter for schools and early years to decide if they want to host them.

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.

Compassionate leave

In the unfortunate event that one of your relatives has passed away you will want to know how much time you can take time off school. You will want to check to see if your school has a compassionate leave policy outlining specific details for time off, paid leave and attending funerals.

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.

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.

Omicron variant: updated guidance for schools

The Department for Education (DfE) has updated its covid operational guidance for schools in England with the news of the omicron variant.  It explains, these measures are precautionary, while the variant is tracked and assessed. 

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.

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.

Virtual parents’ evenings

Virtual parents’ evenings seem to be becoming more popular due to the social distancing measures which schools must have in place. There will likely be the requirement as part of your role to attend parents evenings, even as part of a new virtual format.