Health secretary Matt Hancock has suggested schools may not be able to reopen until after Easter, saying the Government is a "long, long, long way" from being able to ease lockdown restrictions in England. By Oliver Wright, The Times.
A number of Conservative MPs have backed a campaign by the UsforThem parents' group to fully reopen schools, warning children have become the pandemic's "forgotten victims". By Gordon Rayner and Tony Diver, The Telegraph.
Robert Halfon, chairman of the Education Select Committee, has called on the Government to outline "what the conditions need to be" for pupils to return to England's schools. BBC News.
Health secretary Matt Hancock has said teachers have a "good shout" of being prioritised for COVID-19 vaccinations once the most clinically vulnerable have been inoculated. By Joanna Whitehead, iNews.
Four school groups, including the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference and Cognita, have written to Boris Johnson outlining their proposal to use schools as vaccination centres, in an effort to inoculate teachers and support staff over the February half term. By Mark Hookham and Michael Powell, The Mail on Sunday. The article mentions several schools in membership of the Independent Schools Council's (ISC) constituent associations.
According to a poll by the NASUWT, 64 per cent of black and minority ethnic teachers feel their school is not doing enough to address increased risks they face from COVID-19. By Dave Speck, Tes.
Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, has warned safety fears among staff at nurseries and childcare settings are "a cause for serious concern". By Oliver Barnes, BBC News. Tulip Siddiq, Labour's shadow minister for children, has said early years workers and families "deserve to know the scientific basis of the decision to keep nurseries open". By Chloe Chaplain, iNews.
Some local authorities have reportedly told schools to prioritise pupils for school places where both parents are key workers, defying the Government's guidance on eligibility criteria. By Camilla Turner and Dominic Penna, The Telegraph.
According to the Education Policy Institute, the proportion of teachers absent from school last term due to a positive coronavirus test was "significantly higher" than that of pupils in England. By Zoe Tidman, The Independent.
The Department for Education is aiming to provide 15 hours of subsidised tutoring to about 450,000 disadvantaged pupils in the second phase of the National Tutoring Programme, up from 250,000 this year. By Samantha Booth, Schools Week.
According to The Telegraph, headteachers have written to parents warning of a TikTok trend which encourages children to share their remote learning login details so hackers can disrupt their classes. By Camilla Turner.
Schools Week reports some schools are using minibuses to deliver stationery equipment to disadvantaged children during lockdown. By James Carr.
The Observer explores the impact of home schooling on the mental wellbeing of parents with primary age pupils. By Donna Ferguson.
An article in The Telegraph explores how Cranleigh School has adapted its sports programme following the implementation of COVID-19 restrictions. By Charles Richardson.
James Bartlett, director of music at Ibstock Place School, writes to The Times saying he hopes the reopening of schools will allow for the return of group music-making. The letter can be found a quarter of the way down the page.