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ASCL response to NFER report on teacher pay proposals

23 June 2022

Louise Hatswell, pay specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on research by the National Foundation for Educational Research showing that the Department for Education’s teacher pay proposals are unlikely to solve teacher supply problems in STEM subjects.  

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • STRB

ASCL comment on school place applications and offers

23 June 2022

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Department for Education statistics on secondary and primary school applications and offers for entry in September 2022.

  • Data
  • DfE
  • Admissions

ASCL comment on changes to performance tables

22 June 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on changes* to school and college performance tables announced by the Department for Education.

  • Leadership
  • Assessment
  • Accountability
  • Data
  • Performance Tables
  • Coronavirus
  • Performance measures

ASCL Cymru comment on Estyn’s focus on equity

16 June 2022

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru comments on Estyn’s announcement that school inspections from the autumn will involve a deeper focus on the progress and attainment of pupils disadvantaged by poverty.

  • Funding
  • Wales
  • Accountability
  • ESTYN

ASCL NI calls for quick resolution to industrial dispute

15 June 2022

On Monday, representatives of the Association of School and College Leaders in Northern Ireland met with the management side of the Teachers’ Negotiating Committee to consider the implications of the current NASUWT industrial action on schools. ASCL represents nearly 200 school leaders in Northern Ireland.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Northern Ireland

ASCL comment on EPI teaching workforce analysis

14 June 2022

Sara Tanton, Deputy Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the analysis published by the Education Policy Institute on the post-pandemic school workforce.

  • Conditions
  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Career Progression
  • Careers

ASCL responds to government food strategy

13 June 2022

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s food strategy.

  • Funding
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Government
  • Free school meals

ASCL comment on new school and sixth form places

10 June 2022

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government press release about the creation of new school and sixth form places.

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • Government
  • University
  • Post-18

ASCL comment on plan to recruit more overseas teachers

10 June 2022

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government press release about plans to open up opportunities for teachers from across the world to teach in England.

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Finance
  • Government

ASCL comment on rise in pupils eligible for free school meals

09 June 2022

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders,  comments on the increase in the number of pupils in England eligible for free school meals.

  • Funding
  • Free school meals
  • DfE
  • School meals

ASCL response to EPI report on ‘stuck schools’

07 June 2022

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the Education Policy Institute (EPI) on “stuck schools”.

  • Funding
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Government
  • EPI

Education and Union leaders representing a million teachers and education specialists demand action on free school meals  

31 May 2022

Teachers say worsening hunger crisis damaging children’s prospects. School and Education Union leaders representing more than a million teachers, support staff and others working with children have written to the chancellor Rishi Sunak and the education secretary Nadhim Zahawi demanding free school meals are offered to all children in families receiving universal credit or equivalent benefits.    

  • Funding
  • Inclusion
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Primary
  • Parents
  • Free school meals

ASCL supports Food Foundation call for extension of free school meals provision

31 May 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, pledges support to the Food Foundation’s demand for action on free school meals.

  • Funding
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Primary
  • Health and safety
  • Pupil Premium
  • Free school meals
  • School meals

ASCL support for ‘Thank a Teacher Day’

26 May 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, pledges support to ‘Thank a Teacher Day’ 2022.

  • Teaching
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery
  • Education system

ASCL comment on government’s teacher training announcement

26 May 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the government press release on a renewed focus on teacher training.

  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Early Career Framework
  • Training

ASCL comment on government announcement on education recovery funding

26 May 2022

Julia Harnden, Funding Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the government’s announcement that education recovery funding for secondary school pupils will double next year.  

  • Funding
  • Financial planning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

ASCL response to government’s full academisation plans  

25 May 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the government press release on the next steps towards all schools being in, or in the process of joining, multi-academy trusts by 2030.

  • Governance
  • Governors and Trustees
  • MAT
  • Policy
  • DfE
  • Strategy

ASCL comment on overhaul of children’s social care

23 May 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the government press release on plans for a fundamental shift in children’s social care.

  • Funding
  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Mental Health

ASCL comment on EEF research into pandemic’s effect on young children’s development

18 May 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on research from the Education Endowment Foundation that found four and five-year-olds were less likely to meet the expected levels of development in 2021 than before the pandemic.

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning
  • Education recovery
  • Education system

ASCL comment on NFER study into ethnic disparities in teacher career progression

18 May 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on research by the National Foundation for Education Research revealing that the most significant ethnic disparities in teacher career progression occur during early career stages.

  • Leadership
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Professional Development
  • Diversity
  • Careers
  • NQTs
  • Early Career Framework

ASCL Cymru comment on support for school leaders announced by Welsh government

18 May 2022

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the Welsh government’s announcement of more support and learning for school leaders ahead of the introduction of the new national curriculum in September. 

  • Curriculum
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Professional Development
  • Government

ASCL comment on measures in new Schools Bill

12 May 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Department for Education press release about measures in the new Schools Bill.

  • Leadership
  • Government
  • Policy
  • DfE
  • Strategy

Stress and anxiety among exam students is higher than pre-pandemic, say most heads

11 May 2022

More than 80% of headteachers have reported that stress and anxiety among students taking their exams this summer is higher than in pre-pandemic years, according to a survey by the Association of School and College Leaders.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Examinations
  • Mental Health
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on Schools Bill in Queen’s Speech

10 May 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Schools Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech.

  • Funding
  • Legislation
  • Government

ASCL comment on exam arrangements for 2023

10 May 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the subject content and assessment arrangements in the academic year 2022 to 2023 announced today.

  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery
  • Qualifications

ASCL comment on Ofqual plan for use of technology in exams

04 May 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on exam watchdog Ofqual’s three-year plan and the use the technology in assessments.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Ofqual
  • Education system
  • Technology

ASCL Cymru comment on Welsh government’s relaxation of Covid measures in schools

03 May 2022

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the Welsh government’s announcement that Covid measures in schools will be relaxed, effective from 9 May.

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL response to government plan to publish data on NTP take-up

02 May 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the Department for Education press release about plans to publish data on each school’s take-up of the National Tutoring Programme.

  • Funding
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery
  • National Tutoring Programme

ASCL reaction to report by Anne Longfield’s Commission on Young Lives

29 April 2022

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication of the third thematic report by the Commission on Young Lives calling for an end to ‘exclusions culture’.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Pastoral
  • Safeguarding
  • Education system

ASCL Cymru comment on Estyn’s publication of peer-on-peer sexual harassment leaflet

28 April 2022

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the publication by Estyn of the leaflet We don’t tell our teachers, but schools need to know – a report for learnerson peer-to-peer sexual abuse.

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Safeguarding
  • ESTYN
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual violence

ASCL comment on Ofsted’s publication of its 5-year strategy 

26 April 2022

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication by Ofsted of its strategy for the next five years.

  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted

ASCL comment on Sutton Trust survey into schools funding

21 April 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on a survey conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research for the Sutton Trust, showing that two thirds of primary school heads have insufficient catch-up funding.

  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL response to DfE announcement of new natural history GCSE

21 April 2022

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Department for Education’s announcement that it will introduce a new GCSE in natural history and launch a Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Curriculum
  • GCSE
  • Government

ASCL comment on school attendance figures

19 April 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the school attendance statistics published today by the Department for Education.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Staff absence

ASCL response to comments by Michael Fabricant MP

13 April 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Michael Fabricant MP’s comments.

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on guidance on summer exams and Covid-19  

08 April 2022

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on today's updated guidance from JCQ on summer exams and Covid-19. 

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on Labour claim that school energy bills doubled last year

07 April 2022

Hayley Dunn, Business Leadership Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on a Labour press release claiming that children’s learning and opportunities are being put at risk by rising energy prices.

  • Funding
  • Business Leadership
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Resources
  • Energy costs

ASCL Cymru comment on extension of placements for newly qualified teachers

07 April 2022

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the Welsh government’s announcement that school placements for newly qualified teachers will be extended until the end of the 2022 summer term. 

  • Teaching
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • NQTs

ASCL comment on school attendance figures

05 April 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the school attendance statistics published today by the Department for Education.

  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

School leader unions call for government action over Covid disruption

04 April 2022

Trade unions representing most of England’s school and college leaders have written jointly to Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi calling on him to reconsider the decision to withdraw free Covid testing from pupils and staff. 

  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment
  • DfE

ASCL responds to the government’s planned overhaul of the National Tutoring Programme

31 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the news that ministers will overhaul the National Tutoring Programme.

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Government
  • Tutoring

ASCL comment on the government’s ‘Living with Covid’ strategy in schools

31 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Department for Education information sent to schools and colleges today about ‘living with Covid’ plans from 1 April.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Examinations
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

ASCL Cymru comment on extending free school meal provision to all primary school pupils by 2024

30 March 2022

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the joint announcement by the Welsh government and Plaid Cymru that free school meals will be made available to all primary school pupils in Wales by September 2024.

  • Inclusion
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Primary
  • Free school meals

ASCL comment on SEND green paper

29 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government press release about the launch of the SEND and alternative provision green paper on Tuesday.

  • SEND
  • Government
  • DfE

ASCL comment on schools white paper

28 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Department for Education press release outlining the schools white paper being launched on Monday.

  • Leadership
  • Parents
  • Collaboration
  • Literacy
  • Government
  • Policy
  • DfE

ASCL responds to EPI report on pandemic learning loss during the first half of the 2021 autumn term

28 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on research carried out by the Education Policy Institute into learning loss from the pandemic published by the Department for Education.

  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on white paper plan for minimum school week

26 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Department for Education press release which says that schools will be asked to offer at least a 32.5 hour school week by September 2023 under plans due to be published in the schools white paper.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • School Week

ASCL responds to PAC report on academy trust finances

25 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts (PAC) on the finances of academy trusts.  

  • Funding
  • Business Leadership
  • Finance
  • Trusts
  • Government

ASCL comment on use of 2022 SATs and GCSE results by Ofsted

25 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s confirmation that Ofsted will use results from this year’s SATs and GCSEs to judge the impact of school curriculums.

  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Ofsted
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • Coronavirus
  • SATs

ASCL comment on spring statement

23 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Chancellor’s spring statement.

  • Funding
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Government

ASCL Cymru comment on school attendance figures  

23 March 2022

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the latest school attendance statistics published by the Welsh government.

  • Funding
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Health and safety
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment
  • Strategy

ASCL comment on EPI report into declining design and technology take-up in schools

23 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Policy Institute (EPI) report revealing that student entries in design and technology have halved over the last decade.

  • Curriculum
  • Performance Tables
  • EPI
  • Design and Technology

ASCL responds to NFER report on teacher recruitment

23 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) which warns of a substantial risk that teacher recruitment targets will not be met this year across a large range of secondary subjects.

  • Pay
  • Teaching
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Government

ASCL comment on school attendance figures

22 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the school attendance statistics published today by the Department for Education.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Data
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL Cymru comment on £25m government investment in Community Focused schools

22 March 2022

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the Welsh government’s announcement that it will invest £25m in the coming financial year to help operate and develop Community Focused schools. 

  • Funding
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Community
  • Disadvantage Gap

ASCL comment on EEF review of school attendance strategies

16 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the review by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) of approaches to improving pupils’ school attendance.

  • Learning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on NFER report into learning progress during partial Covid school closures

16 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the National Foundation for Education Research report into the impact of partial school closures during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Learning
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery
  • Social Mobility

ASCL General Secretary calls for a “curriculum for childhood”

12 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, will today [Saturday 12 March] call for a “curriculum for childhood,” in his speech to the association’s annual conference in Birmingham.

  • Curriculum
  • Government
  • Education system
  • Blueprint

ASCL General Secretary speech to Annual Conference 2022

12 March 2022

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton's address to ASCL Annual Conference 2022.

  • Leadership
  • ASCL

Schools are being “thrown to the wolves” by league table decision

11 March 2022

The President of the Association of School and College Leaders will today [Friday 11 March] warn that schools and colleges are being “thrown to the wolves” by the government’s decision to publish performance tables despite the disruption caused by Covid.

  • Data
  • Examinations
  • Performance Tables
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Performance measures

ASCL President’s speech to ASCL Annual Conference

11 March 2022

ASCL President Pepe Di'lasio's keynote address to ASCL Annual Conference 2022 on 11 March 2022.

  • Leadership
  • ASCL

ASCL comment on Sutton Trust research into careers education and guidance in schools

10 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on research by the Sutton Trust revealing that more than a third of secondary school pupils do not feel confident in taking their next steps in education and training.

  • Curriculum
  • Post-16
  • Careers
  • Secondary
  • Post-18
  • Careers Advice

ASCL comment on school attendance figures

08 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the school attendance statistics published today by the Department for Education.

  • Leadership
  • Data
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL Cymru summary of pay award evidence presented to the IWPRB

07 March 2022

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, summarises the pay award evidence presented by the Association of School and College Leaders to the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body (IWPRB) about teacher pay awards for 2022 and 2023.

  • Conditions
  • Pay
  • Cymru
  • Wales

ASCL responds to Public Accounts Committee report on financial sustainability of schools

04 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts, ‘Financial sustainability of schools in England’.

  • Funding
  • Financial planning
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Government

Education unions call on the Government to repair damage to teacher and school leader pay

04 March 2022

On Thursday 3 March, organisations representing virtually all teachers and school leaders in England submitted a joint statement to the School Teachers’ Review Body.

  • Conditions
  • Employment
  • Pay
  • STRB

ASCL comment on Education Secretary’s evidence to the STRB

04 March 2022

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Secretary’s evidence to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) about teacher pay awards for 2022 and 2023.

  • Conditions
  • Pay
  • Funding
  • STRB

ASCL comment on NFER research about problem-solving skills

03 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on research on future employment skills from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) which suggests problem-solving, critical thinking and communication will become increasingly essential in the next 15 years.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Curriculum
  • Education system
  • Blueprint

ASCL comment on plans to reform post-16 level 2 qualifications

02 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Department for Education press release that a consultation will be launched on Wednesday seeking views on plans to reform post-16 qualifications at level 2 and below.

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Qualifications

ASCL comment on changes to the higher education system

24 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Department for Education’s announcement of changes to the higher education system.

  • Finance
  • Government
  • HE
  • University
  • Post-18

ASCL comment on government announcement on post-qualifications admissions

24 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Department for Education’s announcement on post-qualifications admissions as part of the consultation on its higher education policy statement and reform.

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • A Levels
  • BTEC
  • HE
  • University
  • Post-18
  • College
  • FE
  • Qualifications

ASCL comment on Sutton Trust research showing socio-economic barriers remain in engineering

23 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the Sutton Trust research showing that socio-economic barriers remain in engineering following the downgrading of Design and Technology qualifications.

  • Curriculum
  • Qualifications
  • Social Mobility

ASCL comment on school attendance figures

22 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the school attendance statistics published today by the Department for Education.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on government announcement of end to Covid self-isolation and testing rules

21 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the government’s announcement that Covid self-isolation and testing rules will end on Thursday 24 February.

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL responds to government guidance on political impartiality in schools

17 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the Department for Education press release about new guidance to be published on Thursday to support teachers in tackling sensitive issues in the classroom in a politically impartial way.

  • Teaching
  • Social Media
  • Government
  • Guidance

ASCL comment on UCAS application figures

17 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the UCAS press release stating that a record number of disadvantaged students have applied to start university or college this autumn.

  • Post-16
  • UCAS
  • University
  • Post-18

ASCL comment on extension of the Covid-19 workforce fund

16 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s announcement that the Covid-19 workforce fund will be extended until 8 April.

  • Funding
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on vaccinations for 5 to 11-year-olds  

16 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Health Secretary’s announcement that he accepts the JCVI recommendation to offer Covid vaccinations to primary school-aged children from April.

  • Primary
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on reserve examination series and other examination mitigations

10 February 2022

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland, comments on CCEA’s announcement of a reserve series of A-level and some GCSE exams for candidates who miss exams due to illness or self-isolation.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Northern Ireland
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on EPI report highlighting the need to improve outcomes for GCSE, college and sixth form students in poverty

10 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the EPI report highlighting the need to improve outcomes of GCSE pupils in poverty and close the disadvantage gap for college and sixth form students.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Government
  • EPI
  • College
  • Social Mobility

ASCL comment on Department of Education decision to suspend the Summary of Annual Exam Results

09 February 2022

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland, comments on Education Minister Michelle McIlveen’s announcement on exams.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Northern Ireland
  • Coronavirus
  • Performance measures

ASCL comment on government’s aim to strengthen Online Safety Bill

08 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the announcement by Digital Minister Chris Philip that the Online Safety Bill will be strengthened to better protect children from online pornography.

  • Safeguarding
  • Social Media
  • RSE
  • Digital
  • Everyone's Invited
  • Sexual harassment

ASCL comment on universities working more closely with schools to improve exam results  

08 February 2022

Kevin Gilmartin, Post 16 Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the call by the Office for Students (OfS) for universities and colleges to work much more closely with schools to improve exam results.

  • Post-16
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • UCAS
  • University
  • College
  • FE

ASCL comment on school attendance figures

08 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the school attendance statistics published today by the Department for Education.

  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on exam adaptations

07 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Department for Education press release about the publication on 7 February of revision help for students.

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

ASCL comment on Ofsted report into student attendance levels in schools

07 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the publication of an Ofsted report into attendance levels in schools. 

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Ofsted
  • Safeguarding
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on the release of exam adaptation information

07 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the release today [7 February] of details of exam adaptations and advance information.

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

ASCL comment on surge in children with mental health problems during the pandemic

04 February 2022

Margaret Mulholland, SEND and Inclusion Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Local Government Association’s report showing a surge in children with mental health problems seen by social workers during the pandemic.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on government’s proposals for levelling up opportunities for children

03 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s proposal to ‘level up’ opportunities for every child, including a register of children not in school, new proposed guidance on behaviour, and the School Rebuilding Programme.

  • Funding
  • Learning
  • School Improvement
  • Government
  • Remote learning
  • Education recovery
  • Behaviour
  • Strategy
  • Education system

ASCL Cymru comment on school attendance figures

02 February 2022

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the latest school attendance statistics published by the Welsh government. 

  • Cymru
  • Government
  • Attendance
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on IAC report into the future of assessment and qualifications in England

02 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the Independent Assessment Commission (IAC) on the future of assessment and qualifications in England.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • Education system
  • Forgotten Third

ASCL Cymru comment on trial of longer school days in Wales

01 February 2022

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the announcement by the Welsh government of a trial of longer school days to aid education recovery. 

  • Learning
  • Cymru
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery
  • Social Mobility

ASCL comment on government’s levelling up white paper

01 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the press release about the government’s levelling up white paper.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Early years
  • Policy
  • DfE

ASCL comment on EPI proposal for schools to be assessed on pupil inclusion as well as attainment

31 January 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the EPI’s paper, calling for schools to be assessed on pupil inclusion as well as attainment.

  • Inclusion
  • Accountability
  • EPI

ASCL comment on UCAS 2021 end-of-cycle report

27 January 2022

Kevin Gilmartin, Post 16 Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the UCAS 2021 end-of-cycle report.

  • A Levels
  • BTEC
  • Coronavirus
  • UCAS
  • University
  • Social Mobility

ASCL comment on GCSE, AS and A-level exam appeals statistics

27 January 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication today of exam appeals statistics by Ofqual.

  • Appeals
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Cymru comment on school attendance figures

27 January 2022

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the latest school attendance statistics published by the Welsh government. 

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Cymru
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on inquiry into careers education

27 January 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Select Committee’s inquiry into careers education.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Curriculum
  • Careers
  • Education system

ASCL comment on school attendance figures

25 January 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the school attendance statistics published today by the Department for Education.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Face coverings
  • Education recovery

ASCL Cymru comment on Education Minister’s announcement of reduced Covid measures in schools 

25 January 2022

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the Education Minister’s announcement that Covid measures will be scaled down.

  • Leadership
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Business Leadership
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment
  • Strategy

ASCL reveals postcode lottery on local authority support for 2021/22 Welsh school pay award

20 January 2022

ASCL Cymru leader Eithne Hughes has warned of a potential funding crisis for schools in several areas of Wales as a result of decisions by major local authorities to not fully fund their share of the nationally-agreed pay increase for teachers.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Government

ASCL comment on government announcement on easing of Covid restrictions in schools

19 January 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Prime Minister’s announcement in the House of Commons that students will no longer be required to wear face masks in classrooms from Thursday 20 January.

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL response to UCL's paper on teaching of reading

19 January 2022

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on UCL’s paper about the government’s approach to the teaching of reading.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Curriculum
  • Primary

ASCL comment on NFER report warning of consequences of changes to free school meal eligibility

18 January 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report from the NFER warning that recent and planned changes to free school meals eligibility will make tracking the progress of disadvantaged students ‘almost impossible’.

  • Funding
  • Government
  • Free school meals
  • Social Mobility

ASCL comment on Sutton Trust report on the impact of school staff absence

14 January 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on research from the Sutton Trust conducted with Teacher Tapp revealing that state schools are being more heavily impacted by Covid-related staff absences than private schools.

  • Teaching
  • Coronavirus
  • Social Mobility
  • Staff absence

ASCL comment on government decision on reform of Modern Foreign Languages GCSEs

14 January 2022

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton comments on the Department for Education announcement that it will press ahead with controversial changes to the way GCSE French, German and Spanish is assessed.

  • Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • MFL
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE

ASCL comment on school attendance figures

11 January 2022

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton comments on the latest school attendance statistics.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on reintroduction of face coverings in classrooms

02 January 2022

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton comments on the government’s decision to recommend that face coverings are worn in classrooms for students in Year 7 and above in light of the Omicron variant surge.

  • Post-16
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary
  • Risk assessment
  • Face coverings

Unions call for more government support in spring term

01 January 2022

Six trade unions representing the majority of education staff have issued a joint statement prior to the return of schools and colleges for the spring term. The statement is from ASCL, GMB, NAHT, NASUWT, NEU and UNISON.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Policy
  • Risk assessment
  • Face coverings
  • DfE

ASCL Cymru comment on Welsh government's Covid advice to schools

16 December 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the Education Minister’s advice to schools, announcing new measures for the spring term in response to Covid-19.

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Examinations
  • Planning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on call to ex-teachers

16 December 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on government plans to boost teacher supply capacity by asking ex-teachers to join supply agencies.

  • Employment
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Government
  • Education system

ASCL comment on school attendance figures

14 December 2021

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton comments on the school attendance figures published today by the DfE. 

  • Data
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on Ofsted inspection results

13 December 2021

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton comments on the school inspection results data published today by Ofsted.

  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to select committee report on children’s mental health 

09 December 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee on children and young people’s mental health.

  • Funding
  • Learning
  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Resources
  • Mental Health
  • Government

ASCL responds to Labour warning over ventilation in schools

09 December 2021

Julie McCulloch, ASCL Director of Policy, comments on Labour’s warning about the government’s failure to put ventilation measures in place in schools.

  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment
  • Carbon dioxide monitors

ASCL Cymru comment on Estyn report into peer-on-peer sexual harassment

08 December 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the publication of Estyn’s report, which found that secondary schools do not realise the extent of sexual harassment between pupils.

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Mental Health
  • ESTYN
  • Sexual harassment

ASCL comment on Ofsted’s annual report

07 December 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Chief Inspector’s annual report.

  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

Young peoples’ rates of reporting online sexual harassment and abuse are ‘shockingly low’

06 December 2021

Young people aged 12 to 18 are unlikely to report receiving, or being asked to share, non-consensual sexual images to their school, parents or social media platforms such as Snapchat, TikTok and Instagram, finds a major new report led by UCL.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Social Media
  • Sexual harassment

ASCL comment on EEF research into pandemic impact on key stage 1 pupil attainment

03 December 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication by the Education Endowment Foundation of research into the impact of disruption to learning during the pandemic on younger pupils’ reading and maths skills.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Remote learning

ASCL comment on EPI research into outcomes of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

02 December 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) on the educational outcomes of asylum-seeking children who enter the UK separated from their parents.

  • Equalities
  • Inclusion
  • Teaching
  • Assessment
  • Community

ASCL comment on the initial teacher training census

02 December 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on DfE statistics on the initial teacher training census for the academic year 2021/22.

  • Employment
  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Career Progression
  • Early Career Framework
  • Training

New report shows gender pay gap in schools has worsened over the last decade

01 December 2021

New analysis released today by school leaders’ union NAHT, the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the National Governance Association (NGA) and WomenEd, shows that the pay gap between male and female school leaders has worsened over the last decade.

  • Pay
  • Pensions
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Career Progression
  • STRB
  • STPCD
  • Governors and Trustees
  • Professional Development

ASCL comment on initial teacher training review consultation response

01 December 2021

Sara Ford, Deputy Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government's response to the initial teacher training (ITT) market review report.

  • Teaching
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Career Progression
  • Professional Development
  • Early Career Framework
  • DfE
  • Training

ASCL Cymru comment on Welsh government's response to Omicron

30 November 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the First Minister’s announcement of measures to be introduced in Welsh schools in response to the new Omicron variant of Covid-19.

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

ASCL comment on school attendance statistics

30 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders.

  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment
  • Vaccination
  • Face coverings

ASCL comment on reopening of Covid workforce fund

30 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the reopening of the Covid workforce fund to provide financial assistance to schools and colleges in covering staff absences.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Health and safety
  • Resources
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on IFS Annual Report on Education Spending in England

30 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Institute for Fiscal Studies report highlighting cuts to education spending over the last decade.

  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Education system
  • Spending Review

ASCL comment on second Covid vaccine dose for 12 to 15-year-olds

29 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s announcement that children aged 12 to 15 will be invited for a second Covid vaccine dose as part of the response to the new Omicron varian​t.

  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary
  • Risk assessment
  • Vaccination

ASCL comment on new measures in response to Omicron variant 

28 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on advice issued to schools and colleges by the Department for Education on new measures in response to the Omicron variant of Covid-19. 

  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment
  • Face coverings

ASCL comment on Lords committee’s youth unemployment report

26 November 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report, ‘Skills for every young person’, from the House of Lords Youth Unemployment Committee.

  • Employment
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • Careers
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on new government measures to reduce pupil absence

26 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government announcement that expert attendance advisers will be brought in to reduce pupil absence.

  • Funding
  • Budget
  • Government
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on plans for on-site Covid tests in schools  

26 November 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on a Department for Education email telling secondary schools to prepare to test their pupils on-site on return to school in January.

  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment
  • DfE

ASCL responds to National Audit Office report on financial sustainability of schools

25 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on a National Audit Office (NAO) report on the financial sustainability of schools in England. 

  • Funding
  • Financial planning
  • Finance

ASCL comment on Teacher Wellbeing Index 2021

25 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication of the Teacher Wellbeing Index.

  • Leadership
  • Conditions
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Workload
  • Mental Health

Language associations, unions and exam boards unite in call for rethink of reform of GCSE Modern Foreign Languages

25 November 2021

Nine organisations directly involved in, or with an interest in, the teaching of languages in secondary schools have joined forces to call for a rethink of government proposals to reform the teaching and assessment of modern foreign languages at GCSE level.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Curriculum
  • MFL
  • GCSE
  • Secondary

ASCL comment on cost of school uniform guidance

19 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the new statutory guidance requiring schools to keep uniform costs down.

  • Parents
  • Resources
  • School uniforms

Gender pay gap in schools has worsened over the last decade, say education experts

18 November 2021

ASCL, NAHT, WomenEd, and NGA discuss findings from a forthcoming joint report which reveals that, regardless of school phase or structure, men are typically still earning more than women – and the more senior the position, the wider the gap becomes.

  • Pay
  • Equalities
  • Inclusion
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Career Progression
  • Diversity
  • Careers

ASCL comment on latest school attendance statistics

16 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the latest school attendance statistics.

  • Health and safety
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on accelerated Ofsted inspections

16 November 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the news that Ofsted has been asked by the government to inspect all schools and further education providers by summer 2025, to give a quicker assessment of how well education is recovering from the pandemic.

  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Coronavirus

Statement on meeting with TikTok about posts abusing teachers

15 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), and Paul Whiteman, General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), met with representatives of the social media platform TikTok today. This meeting followed a recent spate of posts on TikTok containing imagery and comments that are extremely offensive to school staff and have caused huge distress.

  • Pastoral
  • Social Media
  • Mental Health
  • Allegations
  • Digital
  • Behaviour
  • TikTok

Statement on abuse of teachers in posts on TikTok

11 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, commenting on reports of the abuse of teachers in posts on TikTok.

  • Leadership
  • Pastoral
  • Parents
  • Allegations
  • Government
  • Digital
  • Behaviour

ASCL comment on exam contingency plan

11 November 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the outcome of the consultation on contingency arrangements for GCSE, AS and A-level.

  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Secondary

ASCL calls on Ofsted to defer school inspections on request

05 November 2021

ASCL has called on Ofsted to defer school and college inspections on request because of the ongoing disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on widening of KS4 disadvantage gap

04 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Key Stage 4 performance statistics showing the widening of the disadvantage gap in 2021 compared to 2019/20 and 2018/19. 

  • Assessment
  • Data
  • Key Stage 4
  • Secondary
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on Education Secretary’s speech at COP26

04 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the education measures on climate change and the environment being announced by Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi at COP26.  

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Government
  • Environment
  • Climate change

ASCL comment on the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition’s Members’ Report 2021

03 November 2021

Margaret Mulholland, SEND and Inclusion Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition’s Members’ Report 2021, which calls for urgent action to plug the gaps in children and young people’s mental health support. 

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Mental Health
  • Government
  • Education system

ASCL Cymru comment on latest Welsh school attendance statistics

03 November 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the latest school attendance statistics in Wales.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on latest school attendance statistics

02 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the latest school attendance statistics.  

  • Data
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on Bill to prevent future school closures

02 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Education Select Committee Chair Robert Halfon’s Bill to keep schools open during times of national emergency. 

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Cymru comment on proposal for new Commission for Tertiary Education and Research

01 November 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the Welsh Government’s proposal for a new Commission for Tertiary Education and Research, contained within the Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Bill introduced on Monday 1 November at the Senedd.

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Finance
  • Resources
  • HE

ASCL comment on pandemic learning loss research

29 October 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the research published by the Department for Education on learning loss experienced by pupils as a result of the Covid pandemic. 

  • Funding
  • Learning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

ASCL responds to Labour figures on school energy costs

28 October 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Labour analysis showing that schools face their energy costs rising by up to £80 million. 

  • Funding
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Government

ASCL responds to UCAS statistics on increase in disadvantaged students aiming high with university choices

28 October 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on UCAS statistics showing that the number of students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds applying to the most selective universities and courses has increased by 8% this year. 

  • Post-16
  • UCAS
  • University
  • Post-18
  • FE

ASCL comment on Budget announcement

27 October 2021

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

  • Funding
  • Budget
  • Resources
  • Government
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on lifting of public sector pay freeze

26 October 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to news that Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce an end to the one-year pay freeze on the majority of public sector workers in Wednesday’s Budget and Spending Review. 

  • Conditions
  • Employment
  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Government

ASCL comment on Public Accounts Committee report into school funding

22 October 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Public Accounts Committee report into school funding, which says deprived local areas and schools have been hit hardest by Department for Education funding policies.

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Planning
  • Resources
  • SEND
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

ASCL Cymru survey shows Covid is continuing to cause havoc in Welsh schools

22 October 2021

ASCL Cymru Director Eithne Hughes warns that Covid continues to cause educational havoc as an ASCL Cymru member survey reveals that almost 98% of headteachers say teaching and learning has been impacted by pupil and staff absence during the autumn term.

  • Teaching
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Health and safety
  • Examinations
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on IFS report showing school spending per pupil in Northern Ireland is lowest in the UK

22 October 2021

ASCL comment on IFS report showing school spending per pupil in Northern Ireland is lowest in the UK comments on the report published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies showing that school spending per pupil in Northern Ireland was the lowest in the UK and around £1,200 less than in Scotland.

  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Resources
  • Northern Ireland

ASCL comment on EPI report into lost learning during pandemic and call for significant funding at Spending Review

21 October 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication of the Education Policy Institute (EPI) research on learning loss and education recovery ahead of next week's Spending Review 2021.

  • Funding
  • Financial planning
  • Finance
  • Coronavirus
  • EPI
  • Education recovery
  • Spending Review

ASCL comment on school attendance statistics

19 October 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the statistics from the Department for Education on attendance in education settings.

  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment
  • Vaccination
  • Carbon dioxide monitors

ASCL survey shows Covid is continuing to cause havoc in schools and colleges

15 October 2021

ASCL leader Geoff Barton today warned that Covid is continuing to cause educational havoc as a survey conducted by the union revealed that more than 90% of headteachers say teaching and learning has been impacted by pupil and staff absence during the autumn term.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Mental Health
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Vaccination

ASCL comment on UCL research into how schools are ‘propping up a failing welfare state’

14 October 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on UCL research which highlights how the Covid pandemic has shown the extent to which families rely on schools for ‘basic needs’. 

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Government
  • School meals
  • Social Mobility

ASCL Cymru comment on Qualifications Wales ‘Qualified for the Future’ proposals

14 October 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the publication of the Right Choice for Wales Decisions report by Qualifications Wales and the proposals contained within it to reform GCSEs in Wales.

  • Curriculum
  • Wales
  • GCSE
  • Qualifications

ASCL Cymru comment on independent review into attendance statistics in Welsh schools

14 October 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the Education Minister’s written statement announcing an independent review into attendance statistics in Welsh schools.

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Data
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on IFS analysis of state and private school spending gap

08 October 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, showing that the gap in spending per student between private and state schools has more than doubled over the last decade.

  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Education recovery

ASCL Cymru comment on National Education Workforce Survey Report

07 October 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru comments on the 2021 National Education Workforce Survey report.

  • Employment
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Career Progression
  • Workload

ASCL comment on school attendance statistics

05 October 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the statistics from the Department for Education on attendance in education settings.

  • Leadership
  • Data
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment
  • DfE

ASCL calls for £5.76 billion education funding boost

01 October 2021

ASCL has called for extra funding for schools, post-16 education, and special educational needs support in England amounting to at least £5.76 billion over the next three years in our submission to the government’s spending review.

  • Funding
  • Government
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on exam arrangements for 2022

30 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the exam arrangements and contingency proposals for next summer’s exam series.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Government

ASCL comment on Labour leader’s speech

29 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the education ‘National Excellence Programme’ being announced in Labour leader Keir Starmer’s speech to the Labour conference. 

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Ofsted
  • Government
  • Education system

ASCL Cymru comment on disruption to education as coronavirus cases rise steeply in Wales

24 September 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the rising number of positive coronavirus cases across Wales and its effect on schools.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Cymru
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on school attendance statistics

21 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the statistics from the Department for Education on attendance in education settings.

  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment
  • Vaccination

ASCL comment on rollout of Covid vaccinations to 12 to 15-year-olds

20 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the rollout of Covid vaccinations to 12 to 15-year-olds.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Vaccination

ASCL comment on departure of Nick Gibb as schools minister

16 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Nick Gibb’s departure from the role of school standards minister. 

  • Government

ASCL comment on guidance over Covid jabs for 12 to 15-year-olds

15 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the guidance published today for schools on the coronavirus vaccination programme for 12 to 15-year-olds. 

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Vaccination

ASCL comment on appointment of new Education Secretary

15 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the appointment of Nadhim Zahawi as the new Secretary of State for Education

Education unions respond jointly to STRB, criticising pay freeze imposed by Government

14 September 2021

The joint response to the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) report from the ASCL, NAHT, NEU and Voice Community underlines the profession's opposition to the Government's imposition of a pay freeze on teachers and school leaders. There is no justification for the pay freeze, which has been greeted with dismay by teachers and school leaders. They have made an immense contribution to the country's pandemic response, but instead of supporting them the Government continues its attacks on their pay. 

  • Pay
  • STRB
  • Government

ASCL Cymru comment on decision to offer Covid vaccinations to 12 to 15-year-olds in Wales

14 September 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the decision to offer Covid vaccinations to all children aged between 12 and 15 in Wales.

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Vaccination

ASCL proposes overhaul of school admissions to prioritise disadvantaged pupils

14 September 2021

The Association of School and College Leaders today proposes a potential change to school admissions in England to give priority to places for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

  • Leadership
  • Equalities
  • Social Mobility
  • Blueprint

ASCL responds to EPI warning of declining diversity in A level choices

14 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the report from the Education Policy Institute (EPI) and Royal Society on declining diversity in post-16 subject choices.

  • Post-16
  • Curriculum
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • College

ASCL comment on recommendation to offer Covid vaccinations to 12 to 15-year-olds

13 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the recommendation of the chief medical officers to offer Covid-19 vaccinations to 12 to 15-year-olds.

  • Health and safety
  • Parents
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary
  • Risk assessment
  • Vaccination

ASCL Northern Ireland comment on Covid contact tracing

09 September 2021

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Northern Ireland, comments on plans for the Public Health Agency to take over contact tracing in schools in Northern Ireland from Friday. 

  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Northern Ireland
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to UCL report on tackling extremism through the classroom

07 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report, ‘Addressing Extremism Through the Classroom’, by researchers at the UCL Institute of Education.

  • Safeguarding
  • Social Media
  • Education system

ASCL responds to IFS report on home learning experiences

06 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, commenting on the report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on home learning experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. 

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning

ASCL responds to JCVI decision on Covid jabs for 12 to 15-year-olds

03 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the decision of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) not to recommend Covid vaccines in general for children aged between 12 and 15. 

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary
  • Vaccination

ASCL comment on IFS research showing school spending per pupil set to remain below 2009 levels

02 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication of research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies showing school spending per pupil in England fell by 9% in real terms between 2009-10 and 2019-20. 

  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Education recovery
  • Education system

ASCL responds to NFER report on Covid impact and learning recovery

02 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), on the on-going impact of Covid-19 on schools serving predominantly deprived populations. 

  • Funding
  • Learning
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Mental Health
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

School and college leaders propose £5.8 billion education recovery plan

02 September 2021

ASCL has joined with a range of education leaders in writing to Gavin Williamson with a proposal for a £5.8 billion education recovery plan following the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Collaboration
  • Resources
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on Labour’s ‘back to school report’

01 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Labour’s ‘back to school report’ showing that the UK has outstripped European countries in the length of school closures. 

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery
  • Education system

ASCL Cymru comment on Local Infection Control Decision Framework for schools

27 August 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the launch of the Welsh government’s contingency framework for schools. 

  • Cymru
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment
  • Education recovery

ASCL responds to SAGE warning over 'exponential increases’ in school coronavirus infections

27 August 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the release of a report to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), warning of ‘exponential increases’ in coronavirus infections in secondary schools. 

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on back to school campaign launch

26 August 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the launch of the government’s back to school campaign.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on carbon dioxide monitors for schools

21 August 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s plan to provide schools and colleges with carbon dioxide monitors.

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on Sutton Trust report into ‘locked out’ disadvantaged early years children

19 August 2021

Tiffnie Harris, Primary Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Sutton Trust report highlighting that three and four year olds are being ‘locked out’ of crucial early years opportunities. 

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Primary
  • Early years
  • Social Mobility

ASCL comment on IFS report into further education and sixth form spending in England

18 August 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the IFS report which says that a large increase in student numbers means additional spending on sixth forms and colleges has done little to reverse a decade of cuts in funding per student.

  • Funding
  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • HE
  • College
  • Apprenticeships
  • FE

Education unions make joint call for urgent action on ventilation in schools

17 August 2021

Education unions, together with Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP, have today written to Gavin Williamson urging the government to take firm action to improve ventilation in schools to reduce further Covid disruption.

  • Business Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL responds to DfE consultation on student behaviours

16 August 2021

School and college leaders have called on the Education Secretary to end his ‘fixation’ with banning mobile phones in classrooms in their response to a government consultation on student behaviours.

  • Behaviour
  • DfE

ASCL comment on GCSE results

12 August 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the publication of GCSE results.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • Secondary

ASCL Cymru comment on GCSE results

12 August 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru comments on the publication of GCSE results in Wales.

  • Assessment
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • Secondary

ASCL Northern Ireland comment on GCSE results

12 August 2021

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland, comments on the publication of GCSE results in Northern Ireland.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • Northern Ireland
  • Secondary

GCSE results day will deliver fair and accurate grades

11 August 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments ahead of the publication of GCSE results on Thursday 12 August. 

  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • Secondary

GCSE results day in Wales will deliver fair and accurate grades

11 August 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments ahead of the publication of GCSE results in Wales on Thursday 12 August.

  • Assessment
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • Secondary

ASCL comment on A level results

10 August 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on results for A levels, AS levels and vocational qualifications published today,

  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • College
  • FE

ASCL Cymru comment on A level results

10 August 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on results for A levels, AS levels and vocational qualifications published in Wales today. 

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Examinations
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • College
  • FE

ASCL Northern Ireland comment on A level results

10 August 2021

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland comments on results for A levels, AS levels and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland published today. 

  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • Northern Ireland
  • College
  • FE

ASCL pays tribute to students and teachers ahead of A-level results day

09 August 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments ahead of the publication of results for A levels, AS levels and vocational qualifications on Tuesday 10 August. 

  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • Ofqual
  • HE
  • FE

ASCL Cymru pays tribute to students and learners ahead of A-level results day

09 August 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the publication of results for A levels, AS levels and vocational qualifications in Wales on Tuesday 10 August.

  • Post-16
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Examinations
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • College
  • FE

ASCL comment on new UCAS research on post-18 plans

05 August 2021

Anne Murdoch, Senior Adviser, College Leadership, at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on UCAS research showing that 42% of UK 18-year-olds are currently holding an offer to commence a full-time undergraduate degree in autumn 2021, leaving 58% not doing so.

  • Careers
  • UCAS
  • University
  • Post-18
  • Apprenticeships
  • FE

ASCL comment on Covid vaccines for over-16s

04 August 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to reports that all over-16s in Britain are set to be offered coronavirus vaccinations. 

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Vaccination
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on Pearson Edexcel exam fees rebate

03 August 2021

Tom Middlehurst, Curriculum and Inspection Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Pearson Edexcel’s decision to give schools and colleges a rebate of 33% on fees for GCSEs and A-levels.

  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Exam fees

ASCL response to consultation on exams in 2022

29 July 2021

Tom Middlehurst, Curriculum and Inspection Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the consultation on adaptations to GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2022.

  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

ASCL responds to Sutton Trust research on pandemic and university admissions

29 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the Sutton Trust research ‘A-levels and university access 2021’.

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Parents
  • A Levels
  • Pupil Premium
  • Coronavirus
  • University
  • Grading
  • Qualifications

Education bodies write to Gavin Williamson urging him not to scrap BTEC qualifications 

29 July 2021

Twelve organisations that represent and support staff and students in schools, colleges and universities have today written to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson urging him not to scrap the vast majority of applied general qualifications such as BTECs. 

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • HE
  • Post-18
  • College
  • FE
  • Qualifications

ASCL comment on summer schools for Year 7 pupils

29 July 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s announcement that 74% of eligible mainstream secondary schools across England have opted to host a summer school.

  • Teaching
  • Transitions
  • Secondary
  • Education recovery
  • Summer schools

ASCL comment on OCR exam fees rebate

28 July 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on OCR’s decision to give schools and colleges a rebate of 42% on fees for GCSEs and A-levels. 

  • Financial planning
  • Finance
  • Examinations
  • Exam fees

Education unions react to publication of STRB report on pay

22 July 2021

Joint press release by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), National Association of Headteachers (NAHT), National Education Union (NEU) and Voice Community Section in response to the publication of STRB report on pay. 

  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Career Progression
  • STRB

ASCL comment on teacher pay review decision

21 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the report of the school teachers’ pay review body and government decision to freeze pay in 2021/22.

  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • STRB
  • STPCD
  • Planning

ASCL comment on EPI and National Day Nurseries Association report into Covid isolation

21 July 2021

Tiffnie Harris, Primary Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report from EPI and the National Day Nurseries Association showing that four in ten early years settings across England, Wales and Scotland were forced to close during the spring as a result of Covid isolation. 

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on Social Mobility Commission ‘State of the Nation’ report

20 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication of the Social Mobility Commission’s ‘State of the Nation’ report. 

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery
  • Social Mobility

ASCL comment on Week 29 school attendance figures

20 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Week 29 school attendance figures published by the Department for Education today. 

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on school performance tables decision

19 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s decisions over school performance tables in 2021/22. 

  • Learning
  • Data
  • Performance Tables
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on JCVI advice on Covid vaccination of children 

19 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) against routine Covid vaccination of children outside of higher risk groups.

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment
  • Vaccination

Government urged to call halt to teacher training review

17 July 2021

A coalition of education organisations representing most teachers and leaders in England has written to Schools Minister Nick Gibb calling for an immediate halt to a consultation about an overhaul of teacher training because of the danger that it will damage the supply of high-quality teachers to schools.

  • Teaching
  • Career Progression
  • Careers
  • Government
  • Training

ASCL comment on AQA exam fee rebate

16 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on AQA’s announcement of a 26% rebate on exam fees.

  • Funding
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on EPI report into cost of high-quality training for teachers

15 July 2021

Sara Ford, Deputy Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report from EPI showing that giving teachers a formal entitlement to high-quality training and development would only cost the government an extra £210m in funding a year. 

  • Employment
  • Funding
  • Career Progression
  • Professional Development
  • Government

ASCL comment on Week 28 school attendance figures

13 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Week 28 school attendance figures published by the Department for Education today. 

  • Data
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on National Foundation for Educational Research policy briefing on learning recovery

13 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the National Foundation for Educational Research policy briefing, in which school leaders warn that the current approach to learning recovery is “misconceived and inadequate”. 

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on plans for exams in 2022

12 July 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the proposed adjustments for exams in 2022. 

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Ofqual

ASCL comment on EPI study comparing pupil performance among UK nations

09 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the EPI study comparing pupil performance among UK nations.

  • Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Data
  • Performance Tables

ASCL Cymru comment on EPI study comparing pupil performance among UK nations

09 July 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru comments on the EPI study comparing pupil performance among UK nations.

  • Teaching
  • Assessment
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Data
  • Examinations
  • Performance Tables

ASCL comment on link between GCSE grades and earnings

09 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on Department for Education research showing that pupils who achieve higher grades at GCSE can expect to earn significantly more over their lifetime.

  • Assessment
  • Data
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • Secondary
  • Qualifications

ASCL NI comment on EPI study comparing pupil performance among UK nations

09 July 2021

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland comments on the EPI study comparing pupil performance among UK nations.

  • Teaching
  • Assessment
  • Data
  • Examinations
  • Performance Tables
  • Northern Ireland

ASCL comment on rise in university applications

08 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on undergraduate application data from UCAS showing an increase in the number of applicants for universities and colleges.

  • A Levels
  • Careers
  • Coronavirus
  • UCAS
  • University
  • Apprenticeships

ASCL comment on school funding consultation

08 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the school funding consultation published by the Department for Education.

  • Funding
  • Business Leadership
  • Financial planning
  • Finance
  • Resources
  • Government
  • DfE

ASCL comment on Week 27 school attendance figures

06 July 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Week 27 school attendance figures published by the Department for Education today.

  • Business Leadership
  • Data
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on new Covid rules for schools

06 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the government’s new rules for Covid management in schools and colleges as part of step 4 of the roadmap for England.

  • Leadership
  • Learning
  • Business Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment
  • Face coverings
  • DfE

ASCL comment on Labour’s call for exam clarity

06 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Labour’s call for the government to set out plans for assessments in 2022 by the return to school on 1 September.

  • Teaching
  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Curriculum
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Planning
  • Lesson planning
  • BTEC
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary
  • Risk assessment
  • FE

ASCL comment on PM’s statement on step 4

05 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Prime Minister’s statement on step 4 of the roadmap in England.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

Unions condemn government treatment of school and college leaders

02 July 2021

Three education unions have written to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson expressing our anger and dismay at the way in which the government is treating school and college leaders.

  • ASCL
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on NAO school funding report

02 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the National Audit Office (NAO) report ‘School funding in England’.

  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

ASCL rejects Downing Street criticism of Covid management in schools

01 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, is today writing to the Prime Minister over reports of Downing Street criticism about the management of Covid cases in schools.

  • ASCL
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on school behaviour consultation

29 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Secretary’s launch of a consultation on behaviour and discipline in schools.

  • Safeguarding
  • Government
  • Behaviour

Government must get a grip over plans for September

29 June 2021

Yesterday afternoon the Department for Education sent an email advising secondary schools and colleges that they may be required to set up on-site Asymptomatic Test Sites from the start of the autumn term. It said: “Schools and colleges may choose to start testing students and pupils no earlier than three days before the start of term, or stagger the return of pupils during the first week of term if they would like to do so.”

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • DfE

ASCL comment on Week 26 school attendance statistics

29 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Week 26 school attendance statistics published by the Department for Education today. 

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL Cymru comments on Education Minister’s statement on Covid-related absences in schools

28 June 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on Education Minister Jeremy Miles’ statement on Covid-related absences in Welsh schools.

  • Learning
  • Cymru
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on Week 25 school attendance statistics

22 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Week 25 school attendance statistics.

  • Teaching
  • Business Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

Unions launch website to lobby government to remove asbestos from educational buildings

17 June 2021

Unions have launched a new campaigning website to put pressure on the government to remove all asbestos from educational buildings.

  • Funding
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Business Leadership
  • Regulations
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Risk assessment

Education bodies say government plans to remove funding for BTEC qualifications "will leave many students without a viable pathway at the age of 16"

15 June 2021

Eleven organisations that represent staff and students in schools, colleges and universities have today issued a joint statement urging the government to rethink plans to remove funding for the majority of applied general qualifications such as BTECs. 

  • Employment
  • Post-16
  • BTEC
  • College
  • FE
  • Qualifications

ASCL comment on Ofsted review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges

10 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on Ofsted’s review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Ofsted
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Mental Health
  • RSE
  • Risk assessment
  • Everyone's Invited
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual violence

ASCL comment on Week 23 school attendance statistics

08 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the school attendance statistics published by the Department for Education today.

  • Data
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comments on Ofsted research review on languages education

07 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on Ofsted’s research review on languages education.

  • Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • MFL

ASCL comment on education recovery plan

02 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the government announcement about the post-Covid education recovery plan.

  • Funding
  • Financial planning
  • Finance
  • Resources
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on reported resignation of Sir Kevan Collins

02 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to reports that Sir Kevan Collins has offered his resignation as Education Recovery Commissioner.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Resources
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on Week 21 school attendance statistics

25 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Week 21 school attendance statistics.

  • Data
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on PM’s plan for ‘stronger schools’

19 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on plans to fund education initiatives in some areas of England as outlined in the government press release ‘Prime Minister hails levelling up in action as government unveils raft of new policies’.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Business Leadership
  • Finance
  • Resources
  • Government

ASCL comment on PM’s announcement on face masks in schools and colleges

10 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Prime Minister’s announcement about face masks in secondary schools and colleges.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on Week 18 school attendance statistics

05 May 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Week 18 school attendance statistics published by the Department for Education today.

  • Leadership
  • Data
  • Health and safety
  • Parents
  • Attendance

ASCL responds to UCAS report ‘Reimagining UK Admissions’

21 April 2021

Kevin Gilmartin, Post 16 Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication of the UCAS report ‘Reimagining UK Admissions’, outlining the UCAS position on admissions reform.

  • Post-16
  • UCAS
  • HE
  • University
  • Post-18
  • College
  • FE

ASCL comment on race and ethnic disparities report

31 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the recommendations for education in the report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Equalities
  • Diversity
  • Community

ASCL comment on review into sexual abuse in schools  

31 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the launch of a review into sexual abuse in schools.

  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Parents
  • PSHE
  • RSE

ASCL comment on latest school attendance statistics

23 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the latest school attendance statistics.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL responds to NFER report on teacher labour market

22 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) report on the teacher labour market in England.

  • Conditions
  • Employment
  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Career Progression

ASCL comment on school attendance statistics

16 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the latest school attendance statistics.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Parents
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on phased reopening of schools and lateral flow testing for older pupils in Northern Ireland

16 March 2021

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland, comments on the phased reopening of schools and plans for older pupils to receive lateral flow tests in Northern Ireland from Monday 22 March.

  • Post-16
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Northern Ireland
  • Coronavirus
  • College

Our ambition for education is higher than the government's - General Secretary's speech to ASCL Annual Conference

15 March 2021

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton's keynote to ASCL Annual Conference 2021.

  • Leadership
  • ASCL
  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • CPD
  • Mental Health
  • Diversity
  • Government

ASCL President's Keynote to Annual Conference 2021

12 March 2021

ASCL President Richard Sheriff's keynote to ASCL Annual Conference 2021. 

  • Leadership
  • Professional Development
  • CPD

ASCL pays tribute to work of schools and colleges on full reopening

07 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the full return of pupils to England’s schools and colleges from tomorrow.

  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on Budget 2021  

03 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on today’s Budget announcement.

  • Financial planning
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Resources
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on school attendance figures

02 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the latest statistics on school attendance.

  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Remote learning

ASCL responds to Children’s Commissioner’s report on gangs

06 February 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Children’s Commissioner’s report on gang involvement and youth violence.

  • Leadership
  • Pastoral
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Community

ASCL comment on Education Minister’s announcement on return of some pupils to school in Wales

05 February 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru comments on the return to primary schools of the youngest pupils in Wales on 22 February.

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Primary
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

Education organisations set out principles for fair assessment this summer

05 February 2021

A set of principles to ensure that students are assessed fairly following the cancellation of exams in England has been drawn up by six education unions and professional associations.

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Governors and Trustees
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary

ASCL responds to PAC report on free school meals voucher scheme

05 February 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to the report of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee on the national food voucher scheme.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Business Leadership
  • Resources
  • Procurement
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Free school meals

ASCL comment on school rebuilding programme

05 February 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the first wave of the school rebuilding programme.

  • Funding
  • Business Leadership
  • Finance
  • Health and safety
  • Resources

ASCL comment on school attendance statistics

02 February 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the latest school attendance statistics.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Parents
  • Planning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on qualifications system announcement in Northern Ireland

02 February 2021

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer for ASCL Northern Ireland comments on the announcement of changes to the qualification system for summer 2021.

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • Northern Ireland
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary

ASCL comment on plan for full reopening of schools

27 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the announcement that the full reopening of schools is planned to begin from 8 March.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Parents
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on full reopening of schools and Ofsted research

25 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the question of the full reopening of schools, and research published by Ofsted on remote education.

  • Teaching
  • Ofsted
  • Health and safety
  • Parents
  • Planning
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on school attendance and laptops

19 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on government statistics on school attendance and delivery of laptops.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Resources
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Digital
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL Cymru comment on spring term decision in Wales

04 January 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru comments on the decision of the Welsh Government to move schools and colleges to remote learning until 18 January. 

  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Cymru
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning

ASCL responds to new national lockdown in England

04 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to the Prime Minister’s announcement about the spring term in England.

  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on start of spring term

02 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the situation regarding plans for the start of the spring term. 

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL calls for remote education for at least first two weeks of spring term

02 January 2021

An emergency meeting of ASCL’s executive committee held this afternoon agreed to call on the government to move all schools and colleges in England to remote education for at least the first two weeks of the spring term in the light of rising Covid infections and the impact of the new variant of the virus.

  • Teaching
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning

ASCL responds to government announcement on spring term arrangements

30 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to the Education Secretary’s announcement today on arrangements for the spring term in England. 

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Primary
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Early years
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on Covid testing guidance

23 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the government guidance published today on rapid Covid tests in schools and colleges. 

  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Resources
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on EPI school Covid costs report

22 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Education Policy Institute (EPI) report, ‘Assessing Covid-19 cost pressures on England’s schools’.

  • Funding
  • Business Leadership
  • Finance
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • EPI

Education unions warn mass Covid tests are undeliverable by start of spring term

18 December 2020

Education unions and associations have today joined together in advising secondary schools and colleges that they are not required to begin mass Covid testing from the start of the spring term.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on rapid Covid testing in schools and colleges

15 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on government plans to roll-out rapid Covid lateral flow tests in schools and colleges.

  • Funding
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Northern Ireland responds to exams announcement

15 December 2020

Robert Wilson, Northern Ireland regional officer at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to plans announced in Northern Ireland today for exams in 2021.

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

ASCL comment on testing of pupils in worst-hit Covid areas

10 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on plans for Covid testing of secondary school-aged children in parts of London, Essex, and Kent. 

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on TIMSS 2019

08 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the publication of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2019.

  • Funding
  • Learning
  • Curriculum
  • Recruitment and Retention

ASCL responds to school inset day decision

08 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on news that schools will be allowed to take an inset day on Friday 18 December. 

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on Chancellor’s spending review announcement

25 November 2020

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

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Government

ASCL responds to £170m Covid Winter Grant Scheme

08 November 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the announcement of a £170m Covid Winter Grant Scheme and the expansion of the Holiday Activities and Food Programme in 2021.

  • Funding
  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Government
  • Free school meals

ASCL responds to decision to keep schools open in second national lockdown

31 October 2020

Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary responds to the Prime Minister’s announcement that schools will remain open in a second national lockdown in England.

ASCL response to Ofqual reply on centre-assessed grading proposal

15 September 2020

ASCL response to Ofqual's reply to our proposal to address some remaining injustices around centre-assessed grading. 

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus

Government pay proposals for teachers and school leaders in England are "divisive and inadequate", says joint union statement

14 September 2020

Four education unions – ASCL, NAHT, NEU and Voice – have today written to education secretary Gavin Williamson regarding the Government’s response to the recommendations of the 30th report of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB). The deadline for submissions is today.  

  • Conditions
  • Employment
  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Finance
  • Government

School reopening is being undermined by Covid test delays

10 September 2020

ASCL leader Geoff Barton today warned that the work of schools and colleges in reopening to all students is being undermined by widespread problems in accessing Covid-19 tests.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL response to Ofqual evidence to Education Select Committee

02 September 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on Ofqual’s evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee regarding the awarding of grades this summer. 

  • ASCL
  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • Ofqual
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on Ofsted autumn visits

02 September 2020

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

  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted

ASCL comment on Education Secretary’s statement

01 September 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the statement by the Secretary of State for Education on qualification results and school openings for the autumn term.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Assessment
  • Finance
  • Examinations
  • Resources
  • Ofqual
  • Government

ASCL responds to Labour call to push back 2021 exams

30 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on Labour’s call to push back the date of next year’s GCSE and A level exams in England. 

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • Ofqual
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on lockdown contingency planning

28 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leader comments on government guidance published tonight on contingency planning for schools.

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

ASCL statement on grading process

27 August 2020

Our statement on this year's exam grading process.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • BTEC
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on departure of Jonathan Slater

26 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on news that Department for Education permanent secretary Jonathan Slater will step down on 1 September. 

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL letter to Sally Collier, Ofqual, 24 August 2020

26 August 2020

Letter from ASCL to Sally Collier, Chief Regulator and Chair, Ofqual on the injustice some students may have suffered as a result of the decision to revert to the higher of either centre-assessed grades (CAGs) or calculated results for most qualifications this year.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Ofqual
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on face coverings

25 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders following the decision in Scotland over face coverings in schools.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on departure of Sally Collier

25 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the announcement that Sally Collier is standing down as chief regulator of Ofqual.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Ofqual
  • Government

ASCL response to updated advice on face coverings

25 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to the new policy on face coverings in secondary schools and colleges in England.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on GCSE results day

20 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the GCSE results awarded to students today. 

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • Ofqual
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary

ASCL comment on GCSE results in Wales

20 August 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru comments on GCSE results issued in Wales today.

  • Assessment
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL NI comment on GCSE results

20 August 2020

Robert Wilson, Northern Ireland regional officer of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on GCSE results awarded in Northern Ireland today. 

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • Government
  • Northern Ireland
  • Coronavirus

Letter to Minister of Education requesting an urgent independent review in award grading process in Northern Ireland

20 August 2020

Letter from ASCL to Peter Weir MLA, Minister of Education, formally requesting the Department of Education commissions an independent review as a matter of urgency into the process for awarding grades in GCSE, AS levels, and A levels in Northern Ireland in summer, 2020. 

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

Letter to Secretary of State requesting an urgent independent review in award grading process

19 August 2020

Letter from ASCL to Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, formally requesting the Department for Education commissions an independent review as a matter of urgency into the process for awarding grades in GCSE, AS levels, A levels and Vocational and Technical qualifications in summer, 2020. 

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • Appeals
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment ahead of GCSE results day

19 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on GCSE results day tomorrow. 

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Appeals
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • Ofqual

ASCL calls for review into grading fiasco

18 August 2020

The Association of School and College Leaders will be formally writing to the Secretary of State for Education to request an immediate independent review into the grading fiasco.

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • Appeals
  • Key Stage 4
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Government

ASCL comment on decision to amend the process of awarding grades in Northern Ireland

17 August 2020

Robert Wilson, Northern Ireland Regional Officer, of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Northern Ireland Department of Education’s decision over changes to the awarding of grades for GCSEs, AS and A levels. 

  • Assessment
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Government
  • Northern Ireland

ASCL Cymru comment on decision to revert to teacher-assessed grades 

17 August 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru comments on the Welsh government’s decision to revert to teacher-assessed grades in A-levels and GCSEs, instead of grades which have been moderated down. 

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

ASCL comment on decision to revert to teacher-assessed grades

17 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on Ofqual’s decision to revert to teacher-assessed grades in A-levels and GCSEs, instead of grades which have been moderated down.

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on Ofqual appeals criteria

15 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to Ofqual’s criteria on using mock results in GCSE and A-level appeals.

  • Examinations
  • Appeals
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Government

ASCL comment on A level results

13 August 2020

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

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Data
  • Examinations
  • Appeals
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Cymru comment on AS and A-level results in Wales

13 August 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru comments on today’s AS and A-level results in Wales.

  • Assessment
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Examinations
  • Appeals
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on EPI school funding analysis

07 August 2020

Julia Harnden, funding specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the analysis from the Education Policy Institute on the school funding allocations for 2021-22. 

  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Planning
  • Resources
  • Government

ASCL comment on teacher pay award

21 July 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the proposed teacher pay award for 2020/21.

  • Conditions
  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Pensions
  • Government

ASCL comment on school funding settlement

20 July 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the announcement of the school funding settlement for 2021

  • Funding
  • Coronavirus

More radical plan is needed for next year's exams

16 July 2020

ASCL says proposed changes to next summer’s GCSEs and A levels fail to fully recognise the disruption to students of the coronavirus pandemic and amount to no more than tinkering at the edges.

  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus

Joint statement on Isle of Man pay dispute negotiations

15 July 2020

Joint statement by the Joint Trade Unions (ASCL, NAHT, NASUWT, NEU) following the meeting on 14 July 2020 with representatives of the Isle of Man Government to resume pay dispute negotiations paused on 17 March due to the Covid crisis. 

  • Conditions
  • Employment
  • Pay
  • Government
  • Isle of Man

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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

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 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

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

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
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
  • Primary
  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4

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 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
  • Primary
  • Financial planning
  • Budget
  • Government

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 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
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • T Levels

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

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.

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.

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).

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