Well, we've made it to the end of another jam-packed day for schools. There's been no let up in the news, so there's a huge amount to digest. I've done my best to sum up the headlines for you here 👇 - all via @tes (1/8)
Ah, who doesn't enjoy a dollop of uncertainty with their breakfast? This morning we reported that @BorisJohnson had told MPs that the reopening of schools after the February break will depend on "a number of things" tes.com/news/schools-m… - via @ClaudiaCivinini (2/8)
Then shortly afterwards we turned once again to attendance stats. According to a snap poll by @CharteredColl, eight out of 10 teachers say pupil numbers in class have "increased greatly" compared with the first lockdown tes.com/news/covid-exc… - via @ClaudiaCivinini (3/8)
We also looked into reports from heads that their pupils could "neither hear nor see their remote lessons" owing to issues with laptops provided by @educationgovuk tes.com/news/coronavir… (4/8)
And free school meals have hit the headlines again. It emerged today that the govt is not ensuring that FSM will be provided to disadvantaged pupils during the February half term. The @NEUnion said this was "astonishing" tes.com/news/coronavir… - via @JohnGRoberts (5/8)
But this wasn't the only FSM-related debacle today. We also reported that schools are already reporting difficulties in using the online ordering service to get free schools meals vouchers from private contractor Edenred tes.com/news/coronavir… - via @Specktator100 (6/8)
Meanwhile, @Ofstednews refused to tell @tes how many emails it has received from parents praising schools. Feat. a rather unimpressed @RealGeoffBarton tes.com/news/coronavir… (7/8)
That enough to keep you going for one day? I know I'm knackered. Before we start all over again tomorrow, make sure to keep an eye on the @tes Twitter feed and website so you don't miss the latest updates. See you then. (8/8)

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NEW: @Ofstednews is refusing to say how many emails it has received from parents praising schools tes.com/news/coronavir… - me via @tes

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Inspectors who are members of the @FDA_union have voted "overwhelmingly" to call on chief inspector @amanda_spielman to suspend on-site visits during the current Covid-19 lockdown. (2/4)
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Picture it: 28 August 2020. Eat Out to Help Out is still a thing. Life is... well, it's not rock bottom. Meanwhile, @educationgovuk reveals its "worst-case scenario" plan for Covid spikes in the form of a four-tiered system for keeping schools open tes.com/news/dfe-revea… (2/16)
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🚨Tier 1: Face masks in secondary communal areas
🚨Tier 2: Secondaries on rota system
🚨Tier 3: Secondaries open only to vulnerable & key worker kids & some yr groups
🚨Tier 4: All settings open only to vulnerable & key worker kids, except AP and special schools
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