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Conservative leadership contest misses the big issues in education

As the Conservative leadership contest continues this month, what should the world of education expect from Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak? Geoff Barton considers their campaign proposals in his latest blog. 

Posted: 15/08/2022 14:01:18
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Government
  • DfE
  • Blog

Addressing the issue of inequitable pay for school business leaders

ASCL’s Business Leadership Specialist Hayley Dunn discusses the importance of fair pay for school business leaders.

Posted: 03/08/2022 13:01:48
  • Employment
  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Business Leadership

Averting Disaster: The impact of poverty on disadvantaged children is a crisis we can’t ignore

Spiralling costs and inflation is affecting us all but is of a particular concern to how this impacts disadvantaged children. Dr Angela Donkin of the National Foundation of Educational Research shares the latest research and analysis in her guest blog. 

Posted: 02/08/2022 10:56:27
  • Learning
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Disadvantage Gap

What the rebranding of RSCs means for you

ASCL Trust Leadership Consultant Rob Robson discusses the introduction of Regional Directors, who have recently taken over from Regional Schools Commissioners, and how this change affects school, college and trust leaders.

Posted: 27/07/2022 15:01:52
  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • Trusts
  • Government

The end is nigh

At the end of another challenging year, Geoff Barton reflects on the difficulties many leaders have switching off, and highlights the value of the principled, determined leadership evident in schools, colleges and trusts across the sector.

Posted: 15/07/2022 11:02:50
  • Leadership
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Career Progression
  • Professional Development
  • Blog

Pay: A race for the bottom

What has happened to school teachers’ and leaders’ pay over the past 12 years? Carl Parker, ASCL Conditions and Employment Specialist: Pay, takes a closer look in his blog.  

Posted: 11/07/2022 08:48:58
  • Conditions
  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • STRB
  • STPCD
  • DfE
  • Blog

Farcical week shows education needs a long-term vision

After days, weeks and years of turmoil and a procession of Education Secretaries, we need a long-term vision for education, working with industry and the education profession, says Geoff Barton in this week's blog. 

Posted: 08/07/2022 08:42:42
  • Leadership
  • Government
  • DfE
  • Strategy
  • Blog

The Transition Conversation: Top 10 tips for a smooth transition

Helen Robinson from ASCL Premier Partner GL Assessment joins transition experts to explore what advice they would give to schools in her guest blog. 

Posted: 07/07/2022 10:51:05
  • Curriculum
  • Primary
  • Data
  • Key Stage 2
  • Transitions
  • Key Stage 3
  • Blog

Schools Bill U-turn is another fine mess

After the first phase of parliamentary scrutiny of the Schools Bill, the government announced this week that it would be removing several clauses following concerns raised in many quarters, including ASCL. In his latest blog, Geoff Barton outlines why this most inauspicious of starts matters.  

Posted: 01/07/2022 14:25:11
  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • MAT
  • Government
  • DfE
  • Blog

Creating a Cohesive Trust: Making sure all schools benefit from being in a MAT

Following their blog in March 2022 highlighting their research on creating a cohesive trust, ASCL Premier Partner Arbor now shares part 2 of their series which includes testimonies from five different MATs on how they’ve built resilience and cohesion in their trusts. 

Posted: 30/06/2022 12:32:26
  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • Governors and Trustees
  • MAT
  • Trusts
  • Organisational culture
  • Blog

Teacher shortages are the real issue – not strikes

The government’s pitiful record on teachers' pay is directly linked to severe teacher shortages, says Geoff Barton in his latest blog, and the Education Secretary should be focusing on recruitment and retention rather than adding to media speculation on teachers' strikes. 

Posted: 24/06/2022 08:41:26
  • Leadership
  • Pay
  • Teaching
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • DfE
  • Blog
  • Industrial action

One Voice? Many Languages! The value of multilingualism in our modern world (Part 2)

In part 2 of her two-part blog, education policy expert and Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques, Bernardette Holmes MBE, considers the value of multilingualism in education and our communities. 

Posted: 20/06/2022 10:16:16
  • Inclusion
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • MFL
  • Diversity
  • Blog

One Voice? Many Languages! The value of multilingualism in our modern world (Part 1)

In part 1 of her two-part blog, education policy expert and Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques, Bernardette Holmes MBE, considers the value of multilingualism in education and our communities. 

Posted: 20/06/2022 10:12:31
  • Inclusion
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Curriculum
  • MFL
  • Diversity
  • Blog

Is a centralised education system the government’s real priority?

Are we seeing a conspiracy around a centralised education system where there is none? Geoff Barton considers the evidence in his latest blog.  

Posted: 17/06/2022 10:38:29
  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Governance
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • MAT
  • Blog

Curriculum for Wales, what’s the point?

With the new Curriculum for Wales beginning in schools from September 2022, ASCL Cymru Director Eithne Hughes argues in her latest blog that qualifications and accountability systems need to support schools' delivery of this ambitious curriculum rather than limiting it.

Posted: 15/06/2022 15:09:44
  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Accountability
  • Curriculum
  • Blog

Independent schools and Labour’s plan to end tax exemptions

If Labour wins the next general election, what might that mean for education, and in particular, an ongoing ideological debate? In this week's blog, Geoff Barton shares the results of our recent survey with independent members and their views on the impact on their school if charitable status was removed​.  

Posted: 10/06/2022 09:03:14
  • Leadership
  • Independent
  • Policy
  • Strategy
  • Blog

The Schools Bill: Should we be worried?

Is the list of powers in the Schools Bill a green light for more government meddling, and should we be worried? Geoff Barton considers this question in his weekly blog. 

Posted: 27/05/2022 08:45:55
  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • Regulations
  • Legislation
  • DfE
  • Blog

A Brief Introduction to Physical Literacy

Following her recent conversation on the Primary Podcast, PE scholar Dr Liz Durden-Myers explains more about the concept, principles and practice of physical literacy in her guest blog.  

Posted: 25/05/2022 09:34:48
  • Curriculum
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Primary
  • Mental Health
  • Early years
  • Blog

Governance of the Future: Getting your MAT board ready

In this guest blog, ASCL Premier Partner OnBoard shares tips and advice on how to get your MAT board ready for the future. 

Posted: 24/05/2022 09:08:12
  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • Governors and Trustees
  • Planning
  • Strategy
  • Organisational culture
  • Blog

Ofsted, trusts and the shape of things to come

What does the recent schools White Paper mean for inspection? How do we make inspection work better for schools, for colleges, for students, communities and for the taxpayer?  ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton starts the debate in his weekly blog.

Posted: 20/05/2022 09:10:28
  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Blog