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How do you feel? Edurio’s Summary of Pupil Learning Experience and Wellbeing Review 

ASCL Premier Partner Edurio recently published their Pupil Learning Experience and Wellbeing Review following their summer 2021 survey of over 45,000 pupils’ experiences of school and college. Edurio’s Head of Research Iona Jackson outlines some of the key findings in her guest blog. 

Posted: 06/12/2021 12:34:02
  • Premier Partner
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health

Growing the culture of apprenticeships in schools 

Apprenticeships provide many benefits to school leavers and employers but are often seen as the ‘poor cousin’ to full-time higher education. In his guest blog, Richard Kirk of Workplus challenges this perception and outlines the opportunities apprenticeships offer. 

Posted: 18/11/2021 15:08:57
  • Jobs
  • Post-16
  • Careers
  • Northern Ireland
  • Post-18
  • Apprenticeships
  • FE
  • Qualifications
  • Training

Modern Foreign Languages: Transition from primary to secondary

What effect does the lack of effective transition have on pupils’ language learning at secondary level? ASCL MFL Consultant Suzanne O’Farrell looks at some of the research and rounds up a pilot project with new ASCL Premier Partner SixIntoSeven and the Primary Languages Network.

Posted: 15/11/2021 12:20:56
  • Learning
  • Curriculum
  • Primary
  • MFL
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Transitions
  • Key Stage 3
  • Secondary

The Upcoming ‘Cost of School Uniform’ Guidance: What will it mean for schools?

Ahead of the publication of the government’s Cost of School Uniform guidance, the Schoolwear Association provides practical advice on how best to prepare for it. 

Posted: 10/11/2021 09:58:00
  • Business Leadership
  • Resources
  • School uniforms

Celebrating British and Irish Authors of African and Caribbean Heritage – free resources 

Research has revealed that fewer than 1% of GCSE students study literature by a writer of colour. ASCL Premier Partner GCSEPod has considered this issue and worked with writers to develop free resources for leaders and teachers.   

Posted: 09/11/2021 11:15:27
  • Premier Partner
  • Equalities
  • Inclusion
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • Diversity

Good Estate Management for Schools (GEMS): Taking a strategic approach

There are many benefits to taking a strategic approach to estate management – here Robert Gould of ASCL Premier Partner Barker Associates outlines key points to consider when developing and carrying out your Asset Management Plan.

Posted: 19/10/2021 06:53:34
  • Premier Partner
  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Business Leadership
  • Financial planning
  • Finance
  • Estates

Trusts and LA-maintained Schools: Would a formal trust partnership work for you? 

Paul Cohen, the DfE’s Deputy Director for School Improvement and MAT Growth, outlines newly published guidance to help schools and trusts explore if this is the right move for them. 

Posted: 12/10/2021 14:22:11
  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • MAT
  • Trusts

Checks and Balances: Learning points for academies from ESFA assurance findings

ASCL’s Business Leadership Specialist Hayley Dunn analyses the findings and advises on the key learning points following the ESFA’s recent review of academy financial statements and audits.

Posted: 01/10/2021 12:27:18
  • Governance
  • Business Leadership
  • Financial planning
  • ESFA
  • Regulations
  • Finance
  • MAT
  • Trusts

The New EYFS Framework: What are the changes – and choices? 

The new EYFS framework became statutory for all early years provides in England from 1 September. ASCL’s Primary Specialist, Tiffnie Harris, guides you through the changes and choices in her latest blog. 

Posted: 03/09/2021 09:11:25
  • Curriculum
  • Primary
  • Government
  • Early years

The New Remote Learning Continuity Direction, August 2021: What do schools need to know?

As schools return after the summer break, the Remote Learning Continuity Direction has been renewed for 2021/22. ASCL’s Tom Middlehurst highlights what schools need to know about their statutory obligations. 

Posted: 31/08/2021 09:50:55
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Primary
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Health and safety
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary
  • Attendance
  • Remote learning
  • Blended learning

Retaining aspiration in the year ahead

After 18 months of disruption, how can leaders reliably track pupil progress and support aspirational targets for learning and assessment? ASCL Premier Partner Alps considers the evidence and suggests resources to help. 

Posted: 23/08/2021 10:15:09
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Data
  • Secondary
  • Blog

New law in autumn to make school uniform costs affordable – what can we do now? 

Government guidance for schools is expected in autumn on the cost of school uniforms. ASCL Business Leadership Specialist Hayley Dunn looks at what schools can expect and what can be done now to prepare.

Posted: 19/07/2021 14:44:43
  • Business Leadership
  • Legislation
  • Parents
  • Government
  • School uniforms

Preparing for leadership

About to apply for your first role in school or college leadership? Deputy Headteacher Sapuran Gill shares his insights and experience to help you prepare for the next stage in your career. 

Posted: 14/07/2021 14:12:46
  • Leadership
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Career Progression
  • Professional Development

Is Your Energy Consultant Reliable, Ethical, and Transparent?

Energy costs account for a substantial amount of your school or college’s overheads, so managing your energy options is vital. ASCL Preferred Supplier Zenergi shares eight helpful points to watch out for when dealing with energy consultants.

Posted: 24/05/2021 10:03:53
  • Business Leadership
  • Financial planning
  • Resources
  • Procurement

Post-pandemic, where do we start with assessment?

As schools return to some kind of normality post-lockdown, where do they start when it comes to assessment? Crispin Chatterton of ASCL Preferred Supplier GL Assessment provides a few tips.
 

Posted: 29/04/2021 10:08:49
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Primary
  • Data
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • Trusts
  • Independent
  • Secondary

EAL: Language awareness in science

ASCL Preferred Supplier FlashAcademy® looks at the language of science and how to give EAL learners the tools to succeed with their science resource pack – exclusive to ASCL members.
 

Posted: 21/04/2021 15:03:49
  • Inclusion
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • Primary
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • EAL
  • Secondary

Cyber Security Update: Concerning rise in ransomware attacks 

With the recent alert issued to the education sector by the National Cyber Security Centre, how can you protect your organisation against cyber-attacks, and what do you do if you’ve been targeted? ASCL’s Hayley Dunn shares the latest advice. 

Posted: 01/04/2021 16:07:52
  • Business Leadership
  • Data
  • Data protection
  • Digital
  • Risk assessment

The Transitional Protection Remedy and your Teachers' Pension

Following the recent McCloud/Sargeant case on firefighters and judges' pension schemes, how will the recent Court of Appeal ruling affect you and your pension? ASCL's Jacques Szemalikowski explains. 

Posted: 29/03/2021 14:08:31
  • Pay
  • Pensions
  • Annual Allowance

Developing Employability Skills in Lockdown: Challenging students’ misconceptions 

ASCL preferred supplier Unifrog shares key findings from their report on the impact of the pandemic on students’ views on their skills development and career aspirations.

Posted: 15/02/2021 12:03:01
  • Post-16
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • A Levels
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • Careers
  • Coronavirus
  • UCAS
  • HE
  • University
  • Post-18
  • College

Nine tips for supporting school and college leaders during lockdown

How can we manage workload and remote learning during the pandemic? School Improvement Director Paul Ainsworth shares nine ways to support colleagues at the frontline.

Posted: 11/02/2021 09:14:50
  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Collaboration
  • Workload
  • Mental Health
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning