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What's it like in colleges at the moment?

The challenges faced by all those in education right now are immense, and FE colleges are no exception. In #LoveOurColleges week and as half-term approaches, ASCL’s Dr Anne Murdoch assesses how colleges have been coping with the many pressures. 

Posted: 19/10/2020 14:03:44
  • Funding
  • Learning
  • Post-16
  • FE
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • T Levels
  • Coronavirus
  • HE

Remember the brightness amongst the clouds - a message from Richard Sheriff, ASCL President 2020-21

A message from Richard Sheriff, ASCL President 2020-21

Posted: 15/10/2020 14:29:15

Reopening Schools and Colleges: Updates and tips for making the return safer

As school business leaders prepare schools and colleges for opening in September, Hayley Dunn shares tips and resources to help manage risk and alleviate concerns. 

Posted: 20/08/2020 15:08:36
  • Business Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Coronavirus

SixintoSeven: Giving your Year 7 pupils and teachers a head start

ASCL Deputy Director of Policy Duncan Baldwin outlines how the new SixintoSeven project assists new Year 7 students and their teachers. 

Posted: 18/08/2020 11:58:35
  • Assessment
  • Primary
  • Key Stage 2
  • Transitions
  • Key Stage 3

SixintoSeven Transition: The gift of a ‘golden nugget’ 

ASCL Primary Specialist Tiffnie Harris outlines the new SixintoSeven project which gives Year 6 teachers the means to pass on their professional judgements on each of their pupils to their new secondary school.

Posted: 17/08/2020 11:55:58
  • Assessment
  • Primary
  • Data
  • Key Stage 2
  • Transitions
  • Key Stage 3

Teachers concerned EAL pupils have lost confidence in social language skills due to school closures

ASCL’s recommended EAL provider, FlashAcademy®, surveyed EAL teachers and teaching assistants to better understand their concerns ahead of September.

Posted: 28/07/2020 11:40:57
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • EAL

Reflections on my first year of headship

After attending ASCL’s inaugural Conference for New Headteachers in 2019, Principal Sadie Batstone shares her reflections on some of the key things she has learnt in what has been a challenging and unpredictable 12 months of leadership. 

Posted: 15/07/2020 12:16:44
  • Leadership
  • Career Progression
  • Professional Development
  • CPD

School Exclusion Risks After Covid-19: A new report 

ASCL SEND and Inclusion Specialist Margaret Mulholland highlights three key findings from the Excluded Lives Team at University of Oxford Education Department's new report on school exclusions.
 

Posted: 23/06/2020 14:10:22
  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Suspension
  • SEND
  • Coronavirus

School closure should not create a lost generation

As schools and colleges prepare to welcome more students back to their classrooms, Professor Deborah Eyre, Founder and Chair at High Performance Learning, shares five principles to help leaders prioritise learning.

Posted: 02/06/2020 11:55:54
  • Learning
  • Curriculum
  • Independent
  • Coronavirus

Taking kindness seriously

In Mental Health Awareness Week, ASCL SEND and Inclusion Specialist Margaret Mulholland reflects on the importance of kindness, particularly as we consider how we support students and staff returning to school or college over the coming months.  

Posted: 19/05/2020 15:05:29
  • Ethics
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health
  • Diversity
  • Coronavirus

Lost Learning: Educational gaps caused by coronavirus

Lost learning and educational gaps caused by the coronavirus outbreak are a key concern for school and college leaders and their staff, particularly for disadvantaged children and young people. ASCL Curriculum and Inspection Specialist Steve Rollett highlights important points to consider as schools and colleges prepare for phased reopening.  
 

Posted: 15/05/2020 10:53:14
  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • Planning
  • Independent
  • Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Leadership in lockdown (Powys)

Crickhowell High School, Powys
Headteacher Jackie Parker shares how her school has been handling the many challenges experienced during the coronavirus outbreak, and how positivity and collaboration have been key to their focus. 

 

Posted: 06/05/2020 08:46:22
  • Leadership
  • Learning
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Parents
  • Coronavirus

How will all our children and young people re-engage with school?

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton will be discussing approaches to a ‘recovery curriculum’ with Professor Barry Carpenter at our webinar on 6 May, inspired by the think piece Loss and Recovery written in partnership with his son Matthew, an ASCL headteacher. 

Posted: 05/05/2020 11:50:50
  • Leadership
  • Inclusion
  • Teaching
  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Parents
  • Mental Health
  • Coronavirus

School and College Closures: Supporting vulnerable pupils with EAL 

Schools and colleges remain closed for the foreseeable future, with the exception for children of key workers and vulnerable children. But where does this leave pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL)? ASCL Preferred Supplier FlashAcademy® highlights some of the issues and shares ideas on how to tackle them. 

Posted: 29/04/2020 11:20:49
  • Preferred Supplier
  • Inclusion
  • Curriculum
  • Diversity
  • Disability
  • EAL
  • Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Leadership in lockdown (North Wales)

Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan, North Wales
Headteacher Lee Cummins reflects on his role of headteacher and how that has changed as the coronavirus crisis continues.

Posted: 27/04/2020 13:28:44
  • Wales
  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Leadership in lockdown (Sheffield)

Wales High School, Sheffield
Headteacher Pepe Di’Iasio shares his experiences of what’s been working at his 11-19 school since lockdown began.

 

Posted: 22/04/2020 10:45:29
  • Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Planning
  • Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Leadership in lockdown (Swansea)

Olchfa School, Swansea
Headteacher Hugh Davies reflects on the dramatic changes his school has experienced since the coronavirus outbreak forced everyone to think and act differently. 

Posted: 22/04/2020 10:38:20
  • Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Planning
  • Coronavirus

Ethical Leadership and the Head of Centre Sign-Off

Carolyn Roberts, Headteacher, Thomas Tallis School and Chair of the Ethical Leadership Commission, applies the Framework for Ethical Leadership to Ofqual's new guidance for this summer's exams. 

Posted: 08/04/2020 10:34:44
  • Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Assessment
  • Professional Standards
  • Examinations
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus

Ghost College

Andrew Parkin, Principal, St Dominic’s Sixth Form College, Harrow on the Hill and ASCL Council Member, reports on a week like no other.

Posted: 06/04/2020 11:57:54
  • Leadership
  • Post-16
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus

Accidental CEOs and the need for deliberate practice

Dr Kate Chhatwal OBE, CEO of school improvement charity Challenge Partners, considers the importance of preparing the next generation of trust leaders.
 

Posted: 06/03/2020 15:41:19
  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • MAT
  • Trusts
  • School Improvement