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Open all hours? The proposal to remove the cap on teachers’ working hours, and how vaccine red tape is preventing UK staff overseas from coming home

Farnaby smudge Te s’ 10 questions: TV comedy actor Simon Farnaby recalls a shock win in a school art contest and soggy sandwiches on day trips

Baseline volley Is the new Reception baseline assessment a ‘waste of time’? Teachers question the value of a test that has increased their heavy workload

Sinking without a trace? A roundup of key news stories, from heads’ fears about Covid tracing to a call for nursery cash and a pledge to tackle ‘illiteracy’

An unwelcome interruption Interruptions to lessons can cost 20 days of learning time over a year, researchers warn – so how can teachers reduce this disruption?

Beating cheating Given the rapid growth of homework help websites, how worried should teachers be about pupils plagiarising assignments?

Keep your guard up When handling online safeguarding incidents, leaders need to make sure they stay on the right side of the law, explains one legal expert

Next week Night, nurse How the fall in the number of school nurses is affecting pupils

Correction In “Ofqual’s new chief ‘on a mission’ to quell doubts about exam fairness” ( Te s, 8 October), we stated that Jo Saxton was a political adviser to Gavin Williamson. She was in fact a civil servant and policy adviser. Te s regrets the error.

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