A number of school groups and academy trusts have signed a letter to Boris Johnson outlining their plan to use their facilities as COVID-19 vaccination centres for teachers, childcare workers and support staff. By Catherine Lough, Tes. The article mentions Sally-Anne Huang, chair of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, and Chris Jansen, chief executive of the Cognita schools group.
Nadhim Zahawi, the Government's minister for COVID-19 vaccine deployment, has said "there is no evidence that teachers, schools or childcare workers are at higher risk of mortality" from the virus. By Catherine Lough, Tes.
Three early years groups have called on the Government to prioritise staff working in nurseries and pre-school settings for the vaccine. BBC News.
According to survey findings from the National Association of Head Teachers, 74 per cent of school leaders say demand for places has "greatly increased" compared to last spring's lockdown. By Zoe Tidman, The Independent.
An anonymous parent writes in The Telegraph saying they are not telling anyone they have applied for key worker status because there is "a shame and a stigma" around sending children back to school.
According to a poll carried out for the Sutton Trust, just two per cent of state schools in the most deprived areas say all their pupils have access to the equipment needed for online learning. ITV News.
From the end of January, EE, BT Mobile and Plusnet Mobile users will be able to watch BBC Bitesize content without using up their data allowance. By Adam Smith, The Independent.
The Times reports thousands of children in Scotland were unable to access virtual lessons yesterday due to technical issues with the national online learning system. By Marc Horne.
Ofsted has published a short guide for schools on what works well in remote learning. By James Carr, Schools Week.
The Telegraph explores the increase in demand for online, paid-for tutoring during the pandemic. By Luke Mintz.
According to Schools Week, Ofsted has deployed extra staff to sort through more than 10,000 emails reporting schools for their good work, amid concerns the influx of messages could mean a "genuine safeguarding risk takes longer to be resolved". By James Carr.
Tes reports Ofsted inspectors who are members of the FDA union have voted "overwhelmingly" against plans to carry out on-side visits during lockdown. By John Roberts.
Marcus Rashford MBE has criticised free school meal packages being sent to some children learning from home, with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer describing the provision as "woefully inadequate". By Lucy Campbell, The Guardian.
The Telegraph reports issues raised by the paper's 'Keep Kids Active' campaign are to be formally debated in parliament, amid growing concerns over the impact of lockdown on children's wellbeing. By Jeremy Wilson.