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ASCL comment on PM’s address to school leavers

10 July 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the Prime Minister’s address to school leavers

  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to Education Committee report on calculated grades

10 July 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the House of Commons Education Committee, ‘Getting the grades they’ve earned’

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Ofqual

ASCL comment on Education Secretary’s speech on FE

09 July 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Secretary’s speech ‘Further education will be central to our mission of levelling up the nation’

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • FE
  • HE

ASCL Cymru comment on September reopening

09 July 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the plans announced today for the full reopening of schools in Wales in September

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Coronavirus

Language learning vital to pandemic recovery, the British Academy and partners urge

08 July 2020

A coalition of partners is today putting forward to Government a strategy to boost language learning, which has fallen drastically in recent years. The British Academy, the British Council, Universities UK and the Association of School and College Leaders believe this strategy is essential to the economic and social strength of the UK as it emerges from COVID-19.

  • Funding
  • MFL
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels

ASCL comment on Ofsted visits in autumn term

06 July 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Ofsted’s plan to visit schools and colleges in the autumn term

  • Inspection
  • Ofsted

ASCL responds to guidance on full reopening of schools

02 July 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government guidance about the full reopening of schools in the autumn

  • Curriculum
  • Inspection
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on plans for 2021 exams

02 July 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the consultation published by Ofqual today about GCSEs, AS levels, and A levels in 2021

  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on autumn exam series

30 June 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Ofqual’s decision for a full suite of GCSE, AS and A level exams in the autumn

  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Ofqual

ASCL comment on school rebuilding programme

28 June 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the capital investment in schools and colleges announced by the Prime Minister

ASCL responds to suspension of reception baseline assessment

25 June 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the decision to suspend the reception baseline assessment until September 2021

  • Primary
  • Key Stage 1
  • Early years

ASCL responds to UCAS figures on students planning to start university

25 June 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on UCAS figures showing a rise in the number of students planning to start university this autumn

  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • Coronavirus
  • UCAS

ASCL comment on Telegraph report about full reopening of schools

25 June 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report in the Daily Telegraph, ‘Schools to scrap social distancing’

  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on wider opening of schools in Wales from Monday

24 June 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on Education Minister Kirsty Williams’ briefing today on the coronavirus emergency and plans for the wider opening of schools

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to rollout of early career framework

23 June 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the rollout of the early career framework for new teachers amid a surge in applications

ASCL comment on relaxation of social distancing rule

23 June 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the relaxation of the 2m distancing rule.

  • Regulations
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to Education Secretary’s comments on full return of schools

19 June 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson’s comments about schools reopening to all pupils in September. 

  • Leadership
  • Learning
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to one billion pound catch-up plan

19 June 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the government’s announcement of a one billion pound Covid catch-up plan for children.

  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Northern Ireland responds to minister’s plans for wider opening of schools

18 June 2020

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Northern Ireland, comments on the Minister of Education’s plans for the wider opening of schools in Northern Ireland

  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Northern Ireland
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to NFER pupil engagement report

16 June 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the National Foundation for Educational Research report on pupil engagement in remote learning

  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on wider opening of secondary education

15 June 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the wider opening of secondary schools and colleges to more pupils from today

  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on flexibility for primary schools to bring back more pupils

15 June 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to government guidance giving primary schools greater flexibility to invite back more pupils

  • Primary
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Coronavirus

Nearly 90% of secondaries and colleges to open to more pupils from Monday

12 June 2020

Nearly nine out of ten secondary schools and colleges in England will open to more pupils from Monday, according to a survey by the Association of School and College Leaders

  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Cymru responds to Welsh government guidance on wider opening of schools

10 June 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on Welsh Government guidance about the wider opening of schools

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on plans being dropped to bring back all primary years

09 June 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on news that the government is to drop plans to bring back all primary years before the end of term

  • Primary
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Cymru comment on wider opening of schools in Wales

03 June 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the Welsh government’s plans for the wider opening of schools in Wales

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on first day of wider opening of schools

01 June 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the wider opening of primary schools to more pupils from today

  • Primary
  • Safeguarding
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on go ahead for wider opening of schools

28 May 2020

ASCL comment on today’s government confirmation of the wider opening of schools from Monday.

ASCL responds to PM’s announcement on wider opening of schools and colleges

24 May 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on today’s announcement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the wider opening of schools and colleges.

ASCL comment on scientific evidence

22 May 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the publication of scientific evidence underpinning the government’s approach to the wider opening of schools and colleges.

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL position on reopening of schools

17 May 2020

The Sunday Times has reported that the Association of School and College Leaders will be advising schools to reopen from June 1 after a meeting with government scientific advisers over the coronavirus emergency.

ASCL comment on talks with scientific advisers over reopening of schools

15 May 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on today’s talks with the government’s scientific advisers over plans to reopen schools to more pupils

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on the reopening of schools

10 May 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Prime Minister’s speech and the phased reopening of schools.  

  • Leadership
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Cymru response to Welsh education minister’s statement on schools reopening

07 May 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru comments on Welsh Education Minister Kirsty Williams’ statement that the situation for schools in Wales will not change on 1 June. 

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to PAC report on SEND system

06 May 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, ‘Support for children with special educational needs and disabilities’

  • Funding
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • SEND

ASCL responds to EPI school catch-up plan

06 May 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the Education Policy Institute, ‘Preventing the disadvantage gap from increasing during and after the Covid-19 pandemic’

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Pupil Premium
  • Coronavirus

ASCL response to Sutton Trust poll on students’ A-level concerns

04 May 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Sutton Trust research about concern among university applicants over the cancellation of A level exams

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Cymru response to First Minister on school reopening

03 May 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru responds to the comments of Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show today about the potential reopening of schools in Wales at the beginning of June.

  • Leadership
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Government

ASCL comment on EEF remote learning review

22 April 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the review of evidence on remote learning published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Curriculum
  • Parents
  • Lesson planning
  • Resources
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on package to support online learning

19 April 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson’s announcement about a new package to support online learning during the coronavirus emergency

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Curriculum
  • Parents
  • Lesson planning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Northern Ireland comment on exam grading plans

16 April 2020

Robert Wilson, ASCL Northern Ireland regional officer, comments on Northern Ireland Education Minister Peter Weir’s statement on arrangements for summer exams

  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Northern Ireland
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on primary school national offer day

15 April 2020

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on primary school national offer day

  • Primary
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Coronavirus

ASCL response to Sutton Trust poll on teaching children at home

10 April 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Sutton Trust poll showing that only two-fifths of parents feel confident about teaching their children at home.

  • Parents
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on grading of vocational qualifications

09 April 2020

Duncan Baldwin, Deputy Director of Policy, at the Association of School and College Leaders comments on guidance from Ofqual about the grading of vocational qualifications following the closure of schools and colleges. 

  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on extra support for schools

07 April 2020

Julia Harnden, Funding Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the extra support for schools announced by the government.  

  • Funding
  • Business Leadership
  • Financial planning
  • Finance
  • Income
  • Resources
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Cymru comments on Qualifications Wales announcement

03 April 2020

Eithne Hughes of the Association of School and College Leaders, Wales comments on the plan published today by Qualifications Wales for grading A-levels and GCSEs this summer.

  • Assessment
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on A-level students still heading to university

03 April 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the joint UCAS and YouthSight survey

ASCL comment on Ofqual plan for grading A-levels and GCSEs

03 April 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the plan published today by Ofqual for grading A-levels and GCSEs this summer

  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on national voucher scheme for free school meals

31 March 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government announcement about a national voucher scheme for free school meals

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Parents
  • Coronavirus

Ofsted must do more to build faith in complaints system

31 March 2020

Proposals from Ofsted to improve the way it deals with complaints about inspections do not go far enough to tackle the lack of faith in the process, the Association of School and College Leaders says today

ASCL publishes guidance on teacher-assessed grades

30 March 2020

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has today published guidance about teacher-assessed grades following the decision to cancel this summer’s GCSE and A-level exams.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Marking
  • Coronavirus

Education unions call for ‘mutual respect, understanding and support’ joint covid-19 advice

26 March 2020

Today three education unions, NEU, ASCL and NAHT have issued joint advice to their members relating to Coronavirus

  • Safeguarding
  • Mental Health
  • Coronavirus

Emergency provision in schools update

23 March 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the first day of emergency provision in schools during the coronavirus crisis

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus

ASCL response to key worker list

20 March 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on government guidance about sectors prioritised for educational provision during the coronavirus crisis.

  • Leadership
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Parents
  • Planning
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on plans over cancelled exams

20 March 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to the government announcement about how grades will be awarded following the decision to cancel all exams. 

  • Assessment
  • Key Stage 2
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus

ASCL General Secretary Q&A on school closures

19 March 2020

Following yesterday’s announcements on school closures and the cancellation of this year’s exam series, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, is today writing to members of the association

ASCL Cymru responds to decision to close schools in Wales

18 March 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, responds to the decision of the Welsh Government to close schools in Wales in response to the coronavirus emergency

  • Safeguarding
  • Coronavirus

ASCL response to Education Secretary’s announcement on coronavirus

18 March 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the Education Secretary’s announcement about the coronavirus emergency

  • Safeguarding
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Early years
  • Coronavirus

ASCL response to suspension of inspections

17 March 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to today’s announcement that routine Ofsted inspections will be suspended in response to coronavirus.

  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Government

Meeting with Education Secretary on coronavirus emergency

16 March 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders speaks ahead of a meeting this afternoon with the Secretary of State for Education about the coronavirus emergency.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Parents
  • Planning
  • Resources
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

Statement on meeting with Education Secretary

16 March 2020

Today, the leaders of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) met with Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.

  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Examinations
  • Coronavirus

School leaders say Ofsted requires improvement

14 March 2020

Three-quarters of school and college leaders believe Ofsted’s new approach to inspections is an improvement on previous frameworks, according to an ASCL survey.

  • Accountability
  • Ofsted

ASCL calls for halt to school inspections during coronavirus emergency

14 March 2020

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton has today called for a halt to all routine Ofsted inspections of schools and colleges during the coronavirus emergency

  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Coronavirus

Geoff Barton's speech to ASCL Annual Conference 2020

14 March 2020

Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary, addresses the audience at ASCL Annual Conference 2020 in Birmingham

Address by ASCL President Rachael Warwick to Annual Conference 2020

13 March 2020

ASCL President Rachael Warwick addresses the audience at ASCL Annual Conference 2020 in Birmingham

School leaders call for GCSE reforms

13 March 2020

Eighty six per cent of school and college leaders have called for GCSEs to be reformed or scrapped in a survey carried out by ASCL.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE

ASCL response to the Budget statement

11 March 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to today’s Budget statement.

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • FE
  • Budget
  • Government

ASCL comment on EPI report on technical education

05 March 2020

Kevin Gilmartin, post-16 and colleges specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) comments on the Education Policy Institute (EPI) report, ‘An international comparison of technical education funding systems’.

  • Funding
  • Curriculum
  • Post-16

ASCL comment on national offer day

02 March 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on national offer day for secondary school places on Monday 2 March.

  • Parents

ASCL responds to EPI report on teacher shortages

02 March 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Education Policy Institute report ‘Teacher shortages in England’.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention

ASCL comment on Sutton Trust's school admissions report

27 February 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Sutton Trust’s report about making school admissions fairer.

  • Post-16
  • Primary
  • Parents

Government plan treats nearly 2,900 'outstanding' schools and colleges unfairly

24 February 2020

ASCL has warned that some 2,900 schools and colleges would be treated unfairly under government plans to remove the ‘outstanding exemption’.

  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted

ASCL comment on HMCI school funding blog

19 February 2020

Stephen Rollett, Curriculum and Inspection Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to comments made by Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman.

  • Funding
  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted

Education unions criticise government's "short-change" pay proposals - joint press release

17 February 2020

Four education unions - The National Education Union (NEU), National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), Voice, and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) - are warning that government pay proposals would short-change most classroom teachers and all senior leaders. 

ASCL warns school funding boost will be eaten up by government promises and rising costs

07 February 2020

ASCL today warns that almost all of the extra £7.1 billion pledged for schools over the next three years will be eaten up by government spending commitments and increased costs.

  • Funding
  • Financial planning
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Government

ASCL comment on school performance tables

06 February 2020

Duncan Baldwin, Deputy Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the publication of revised Key Stage 4 performance tables. 

  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Key Stage 4
  • Performance Tables
  • Progress 8

ASCL comment on university applications

06 February 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on UCAS statistics on undergraduate applications

ASCL comment on government announcement on minimum funding levels for schools

30 January 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government announcement on minimum funding levels for schools

  • Funding
  • Budget

ASCL starts industrial action on Isle of Man

30 January 2020

Members of the Association of School and College Leaders on the Isle of Man will withdraw their cooperation from a range of duties from today after recently voting for industrial action.

  • Conditions
  • Pay
  • Isle of Man

ASCL leader calls for performance table reform to tackle off-rolling and gaming

30 January 2020

ASCL leader Geoff Barton will today call on the government to reform school performance tables to rid them of ‘perverse incentives’ which lead to unacceptable practices such as gaming and off-rolling in a minority of schools.

ASCL comment on predicted fall in ‘conditional unconditional offers’

30 January 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the UCAS forecast of a significant decline in ‘conditional unconditional offers’ in 2020

ASCL response to report on children's mental health

30 January 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the report of the Children’s Commissioner ‘The state of children’s mental health services’.

  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Mental Health
  • SEND

ASCL comment on teacher autonomy report

29 January 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the report by the National Foundation for Educational Research about teacher autonomy.

  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Career Progression
  • Professional Development
  • CPD

ASCL Cymru comment on revised curriculum

28 January 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru comments on the publication of the revised Curriculum for Wales guidance. 

  • Leadership
  • Learning
  • Curriculum
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Curriculum

ASCL comment on gender gap in foreign languages

27 January 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report from the British Council and Education Policy Institute on the gender gap in foreign languages

  • Post-16
  • Curriculum
  • MFL
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • A Levels

ASCL comment on SRMA pilot programme

27 January 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the report from the Education and Skills Funding Agency on the school resource management adviser (SRMA) pilot programme.

  • Funding
  • Business Leadership
  • Financial planning
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Resources

ASCL response to HMCI’s annual report

21 January 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the annual report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills

  • Primary
  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Key Stage 2
  • SEND
  • Off-rolling

ASCL members on Isle of Man vote for industrial action

20 January 2020

Members of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) on the Isle of Man have voted for industrial action in a dispute with the Department of Education, Sport and Culture (DESC) over the inadequacy of the pay settlement for teachers on the island and the implications for recruitment and retention.

  • Conditions
  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Isle of Man

ASCL calls for fair pay deal for all teachers

20 January 2020

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has today called for an uplift to all teacher pay scales over the next three years in line with the government’s proposal to increase starting salaries to £30,000 by 2022/23.

  • Employment
  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Financial planning

ASCL comment on free period products

18 January 2020

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the launch of a government scheme to make free period products available to all schools and colleges in England

ASCL comment on EPI early years workforce report

17 January 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report by the Education Policy Institute about the development of the early years workforce in England

ASCL comment on EPI report on CAMHS

10 January 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the report by the Education Policy Institute Access to child and adolescent mental health services in 2019.

  • Funding
  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Resources
  • Mental Health
  • SEND

ASCL comment on plan to remove outstanding exemption

10 January 2020

Duncan Baldwin, Deputy Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the government announcement that it is launching a consultation on the removal of the outstanding exemption.

  • Post-16
  • FE
  • Primary
  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4

ASCL comment on Ofsted report on ‘stuck schools’

08 January 2020

Stephen Rollett, curriculum and inspection specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report from Ofsted about ‘stuck schools’

ASCL comment on Queen's Speech

19 December 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the education briefing accompanying the Queen’s Speech.

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • Financial planning
  • Government

ASCL comment on rise in unconditional offers

17 December 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on UCAS statistics which show that ‘conditional unconditional’ offers continue to rise.

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • A Levels

ASCL comment on reappointment of Education Secretary

17 December 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the reappointment of Gavin Williamson as Education Secretary.

  • Leadership
  • Government

ASCL NI writes to NI party leaders over 'bleak financial situation' in schools

16 December 2019

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has written to all Northern Ireland’s main political party leaders reminding them of the “bleak financial situation” in schools in Northern Ireland, and as the talks at Stormont resume with a view to re-establishing the Executive.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Resources
  • Mental Health
  • Government
  • Northern Ireland

ASCL comment on NFER report on T levels

10 December 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to the new report on T levels from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • BTEC
  • T Levels

ASCL comment on EPI analysis of education manifestos

06 December 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the analysis by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) of the political parties’ education plans. 

  • Leadership
  • Government

ASCL comment on Sutton Trust report on GCSE reforms

05 December 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on research by the Sutton Trust on the impact of GCSE reforms.  

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE

ASCL comment on Labour education plans

05 December 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on Labour’s plans for education being announced today.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Financial planning
  • Finance
  • School Improvement
  • Resources

Do the Party Pledges Cut It?

04 December 2019

Joint press release by the School Cuts coalition: School Cuts website updated to reflect what manifestos mean for every school in England

  • Funding
  • Financial planning
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Government

ASCL comment on PISA results

03 December 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the UK results in the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Mental Health

ASCL comment on PISA results in Wales

03 December 2019

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the results in Wales in the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

  • Assessment
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Examinations
  • International
  • Performance Tables

ASCL comment on Conservative Party plans for Ofsted

29 November 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Conservative Party’s plans to give Ofsted greater powers and more funding.

ASCL NI President praises resilience of school leaders

29 November 2019

At the ASCL Northern Ireland Annual Conference on 29 November 2019, ASCL Northern Ireland President Amanda McNamee paid tribute to the resilience of school leaders in challenging and demanding times.  

  • Membership
  • CPD
  • Northern Ireland

ASCL comment on UCAS end of cycle report 2019

28 November 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the UCAS end of cycle report 2019

ASCL response to the Conservative Party Manifesto

24 November 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the education commitments in the Conservative Party Manifesto

ASCL supports WorthLess? campaign letter

22 November 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the letter from headteachers supporting the Worth Less? campaign to all prospective parliamentary candidates.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Financial planning
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Parents

School Cuts welcomes Labour's 'once in a generation' funding pledge

21 November 2019

A coalition of education unions has today welcomed Labour’s manifesto commitment to reverse all cuts to school budgets and to make a once-in-a-generation investment in education.    The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the National Education Union (NEU) are all non-politically affiliated unions and believe we are speaking for the profession in welcoming these proposals.

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • FE
  • Primary
  • Financial planning
  • Budget
  • Government

ASCL comment on Lib Dem school funding plans

19 November 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the school funding plans announced by the Liberal Democrats

Education unions call for urgent pay increase to tackle recruitment and retention crisis in the teaching profession

18 November 2019

Education unions NEU, NAHT, ASCL and Voice, together representing the overwhelming majority of teachers and school leaders in England, have submitted a joint statement to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), demanding a significant, above-inflation pay increase for all teachers and leaders, in order to reverse the real-terms cuts to salaries since 2010.

  • Jobs
  • Employment
  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • STRB
  • Financial planning

ASCL comment on Guernsey’s new education model

11 November 2019

Michael Kidd, national negotiator for the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), comments on the proposals for a new model of secondary education in Guernsey

ASCL comment on Labour education plans

11 November 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Labour’s plans for lifelong learning and National Education Service.

ASCL comment on EPI further education report

07 November 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Policy Institute’s report ‘Further Education Pathways’.

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • FE
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • T Levels

ASCL General Election manifesto: Don’t use education as a political football

06 November 2019

The Association of School and College Leaders today publishes its General Election Manifesto calling on politicians not to use education as a political football and instead to focus on the things that matter – sufficient funding, teacher supply, and an exam system which is less harsh on pupils.

ASCL comment on Ofqual decision over GCSE French and German

05 November 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Ofqual’s decision to make an adjustment to grading standards in GCSE French and German

ASCL comment on UTC report

30 October 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the National Audit Office report on University Technical Colleges (UTCs).

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • FE

ASCL comment on APPG knife crime report

25 October 2019

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Knife Crime

ASCL comment on Education Committee SEND report

23 October 2019

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the House of Commons Education Committee on support for young people with special educational needs and disabilities

ASCL Cymru comment on teacher pay award

22 October 2019

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, responds to the announcement by Minister for Education Kirsty Williams on the teacher pay award in Wales

ASCL comment on secondary school performance tables

17 October 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication of provisional secondary school performance tables in England

More than 16,500 schools losing out under new cash allocations for April 2020

14 October 2019

Today, the School Cuts coalition launches a fully updated interactive map of England’s schools. It shows that 83% of schools will be worse off next year than they were in 2015.

ASCL comment on teacher workload survey

11 October 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the teacher workload survey.

ASCL comment on unexplained pupil exits

11 October 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Policy Institute’s report on unexplained pupil exits from English schools.  

School Funding: 4 in 5 schools worse off under Government spending plans, finds new analysis

30 September 2019

New figures, released today by the School Cuts coalition, reveal that four in five of England’s schools will be worse off next year than they were in 2015.

ASCL comment on Labour plans to abolish Ofsted

23 September 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on Labour’s plans to abolish Ofsted if elected.

ASCL comment on IFS education funding report

19 September 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on the government’s recent education funding announcements

ASCL comment on UCL teacher workload study

18 September 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), comments on the UCL study on teacher workload

Education unions write to Gavin Williamson about teacher pay

13 September 2019

Despite the serious and deepening teacher recruitment and retention problems, acknowledged by the STRB, the Government proposes an increase of only 2.75% in teacher pay in England from September.  Nothing in recent Spending Review announcements changes this. The increase is below the current rate of RPI inflation and below the rate of pay increases in the wider economy.  The Government has not even provided the funding needed for this inadequate increase.    

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • STRB

ASCL comment on Education Secretary’s call over unconditional offers

12 September 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson’s address to the Universities UK conference about unconditional offers

  • Post-16
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels

ASCL comment on SEND report

11 September 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the National Audit Office report on support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in England

Forgotten Third Commission recommends scrapping GCSE English Language

11 September 2019

GCSE English Language should be replaced with a new qualification called a Passport in English in order to end the misery of an exam system which condemns more than a third of 16-year-olds to a sense of failure every year, according to a Commission of Inquiry established by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

ASCL comment on report into exam malpractice

10 September 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the commission into examination malpractice

ASCL comment on spending round: the job is not done on education funding

04 September 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Chancellor’s spending round announcement

ASCL comment on teacher pay announcement

02 September 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the government’s announcement of plans to increase starting salaries for teachers

ASCL comment on 16-19 funding announcement

31 August 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to today’s announcement on additional funding for 16-19 education

ASCL response to Prime Minister’s schools funding announcement

30 August 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Prime Minister’s announcement today about additional funding for schools in England

ASCL comment on leaked plans for schools

28 August 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on reports in The Guardian about a briefing paper detailing policy proposals for schools in England

ASCL comment on GCSE results

22 August 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on today’s GCSE results

ASCL Cymru comment on GCSE results in Wales

22 August 2019

Eithne Hughes, incoming director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, omments on GCSE results in Wales

ASCL Northern Ireland comment on GCSE results

22 August 2019

Robert Wilson, regional officer for the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Northern Ireland, comments on today’s GCSE results

Struggling students are ‘completely demoralised’ by tough new GCSEs

21 August 2019

Eight in ten school leaders say that tough new GCSEs are having a detrimental impact on struggling students, according to a survey by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

ASCL comment on changes to BTEC Tech Award grade boundaries

19 August 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on changes to the points required for grades in BTEC Tech Award qualifications

ASCL comment on A-level results 2019

15 August 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on today’s A-level results

ASCL Cymru comment on A level results 2019

15 August 2019

Eithne Hughes, incoming director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru comments on today’s A level results

Review urged as A-level entries in English plummet

14 August 2019

ASCL leader Geoff Barton today warned that urgent action is needed to address an alarming decline in the take-up of A-level English.

ASCL response to Labour plans on university admissions

13 August 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Labour’s plans to reform higher education admissions by implementing a new system of post-qualification admissions

ASCL response to EPI report on disadvantage gap

30 July 2019

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Education Policy Institute (EPI) report about the education disadvantage gap

ASCL's priorities for the new Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Education

25 July 2019

The Association of School and College Leaders has today written to the new Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Education setting out ten priorities for education.

ASCL comment on new Education Secretary

24 July 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the appointment of Gavin Williamson as the new Education Secretary

ASCL comment on Boris Johnson

23 July 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Boris Johnson’s victory in the Conservative Party leadership contest

ASCL Cymru response on teachers’ pay announcement

22 July 2019

Tim Pratt, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the Welsh government’s announcement on teachers’ pay

ASCL comment on teachers’ pay announcement

22 July 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the government’s announcement about teachers’ pay

ASCL comment on Education Committee funding report

19 July 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report by the House of Commons Education Committee on school and college funding

ASCL comment on teacher pay award

19 July 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on a report in The Times that teachers are in line for a pay rise of 2.75%

ASCL comment on skills tests

16 July 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on a written statement by Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards, about plans to scrap the existing skills tests for trainee teachers

ASCL comment on Ofsted’s call to inspect MATs

15 July 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Ofsted’s call for the power to inspect multi-academy trusts

Coalition unveils long-term funding plan to reverse education cuts

15 July 2019

Media release from the National Education Union, the Association of School and College Leaders, the National Association of Head Teachers, and the f40 education fair funding campaign group