Under a new COVID-19 contingency framework published by the Department for Education (DfE), school rotas are to be banned but attendance will be restricted to pupils in priority groups, should schools in areas with high infection rates be forced to close. By Amy Gibbons, Tes.
The Independent Sage group has produced a list of recommendations for keeping schools safe, which includes encouraging secondary pupils to wear masks in classrooms and allowing schools in areas with high infection rates to move to blended learning. By John Roberts, Tes.
An article in Tes reports some headteachers are concerned that pupils and teachers could be forced to self-isolate over Christmas due to COVID-19 infection rates in schools. By John Roberts.
The Government has set out a "COVID workforce fund" to cover costs incurred due to coronavirus-related staff absences. By Will Hazell, iNews.
Amanda Spielman, Ofsted's chief inspector, has warned the pandemic has "exposed an already crumbling educational infrastructure that fails to meet the needs of our most vulnerable families". By Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times.
The Times reports infectious disease specialists have called on the Government to relax coronavirus guidelines for primary schools, arguing entire bubbles should not be made to self-isolate following a single confirmed case. By Kat Lay.
Kevin Courtney and Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretaries of the National Education Union, have urged ministers to reveal how many teachers and support staff have tested positive, been hospitalised, and died from coronavirus since the reopening of schools in September. By John Roberts, Tes.
According to Tes, Ofsted may conduct its school visits remotely when the national lockdown lifts later this week. By John Roberts.
MPs have been told nativity plays and outdoor carolling will be able to go ahead in England once lockdown ends on 2 December. BBC News.
IE Today explores the potential impact of the pandemic on the independent sector's ability to attract international pupils. By James Higgins. The article quotes Caroline Nixon, director of the British Association of Independent Schools with International Students and international director for the Boarding Schools' Association, and Mark Lauder, headmaster of Strathallan School.
An article in The Times reports Scottish ministers are considering extending the school holidays to 11 January. By Mark McLaughlin.
BBC News reports a number of universities across the UK have begun testing students for coronavirus before they travel home for Christmas. By Sean Coughlan. Jo Grady, general secretary of the University and College Union, has warned the Government's plans for mass testing "are a recipe for chaos that risk spreading the virus - the very thing they are designed to prevent". By Donna Ferguson, The Observer.