Consultation responses

Higher Technical Education (HTQs at levels 4 and 5)

27 September 2019

ASCL response to the government consultation on Higher Technical Education.

Financial transparency of LA maintained schools and academy trusts

27 September 2019

ASCL response to the Government consultation on financial transparency of LA maintained schools and academy trusts. 

ASCL response to the STRB 29th report

13 September 2019

ASCL response to the consultation on the STRB 29th Reportand the Government's response. 

Local government Pension Scheme: Changes to the local valuation cycle and management of employer risk

30 July 2019

Response of the Association of School and College Leaders to the consultation on Local Government Pension Scheme: changes to the local valuation cycle and management of employer risk.

The provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

24 July 2019

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this call for evidence. The government’s own statistics  report that the number of children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) has increased by 11% since 2018. Of the 354,000 children and young people with an EHCP, over 39% are receiving SEN provision in a mainstream school and over 16% are in a Further Education establishment.

Character and Resilience: A Call for Evidence

05 July 2019

ASCL welcomes this consultation and agrees entirely with the premise that young people need to develop character and resilience as they grow into adulthood, alongside academic achievements.

Restricting exit payments in the public sector

03 July 2019

ASCL response to the Restricting exit payments in the public sector: consultation on implementation of regulations

Labour party consultation on local accountability in the National Education Service

28 June 2019

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to respond to this important consultation. This builds on our response to Labour’s 2018 consultation on the National Education Service.

Government consultation on children not in school: proposed legislation

24 June 2019

The legislation proposed in this consultation document could have a significant impact on some of the most vulnerable children in society. We welcome the government’s desire to ensure all children receive both the education and the protection to which they are entitled.

Review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below in England

07 June 2019

This consultation response also incorporates the views of the Principals Professional Council (PPC) members. PPC joined forces with ASCL in 2014 and will operate as part of ASCL FE from September 2019. PPC represents principals and senior leaders in Further Education Colleges. All Further Education Providers offer post 16 qualifications and most also offer post 18 and higher-level provision, including Professional Training courses and Higher Education.

Serious violence: new legal duty to support multi-agency action

28 May 2019

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to respond on this important issue. The causes of serious crime are complex, but we know that organised gangs are increasingly involving children to carry out their criminal activities. Serious crime is therefore primarily an issue of organised adult crime in which some of our most vulnerable children can sadly become ‘collateral damage’.

16 to 19 Discretionary Bursary fund

21 May 2019

ASCL's response to the consultation by the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills on the 16 to 19 Discretionary Bursary fund

Ofqual consultation on moderation and verification of centre assessment judgements

17 May 2019

ASCL members value the availability of a range of qualifications, including those where centre-based assessments are a key component, which support particular learners, especially Technical Awards.  So, it seems, does the Department for Education, who recently made the following observation in their ad hoc notice Non-GCSE qualifications in England: key stage 4 entries and absence and exclusions outcomes:

Bailiwick of Guernsey draft inspection framework

29 April 2019

ASCL welcomes the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture’s consultation on the Bailiwick of Guernsey’s Draft Inspection Framework. As an association, we have long argued for intelligent, proportionate accountability. In keeping with our support for Ofsted’s broad direction of travel in England, we believe the proposed framework for Guernsey is right to focus on the quality of education.

Education Inspection Framework 2019: inspecting the substance of education

05 April 2019

ASCL welcomes Ofsted’s consultation on the 2019 education inspection framework. As an association, we have long argued for intelligent, proportionate accountability. The next incarnation of Ofsted’s inspection framework, and particularly the introduction of a ‘quality of education’ judgement in place of an outcomes judgement, is a welcome step towards this goal.

Identifying schools for improvement support

22 March 2019

Overall, this consultation is a welcome reflection of the Secretary of State’s positive ambition to reduce the toxicity of the current high-stakes accountability system. In particular, ASCL welcomes the recognition in the consultation that schools have experienced a lack of clarity arising from different organisations holding them to account, sometimes in contradictory ways.

Isle of Man Education Bill

14 March 2019

Before addressing the detailed proposals in the Bill, we would like to make a general point about the rushed nature of this consultation process. Isle of Man government policy on consultations would indicate that the statutory period is six to twelve weeks, and that for major changes the consultation period should be towards the upper end of that range.

Ofqual's consultation on reform of the Exam Procedures Review Service

08 March 2019

ASCL members agree with the proposal to hold meetings instead of formal hearings in all cases that are not filtered out at the triage and review stages and which cannot be decided on the papers. It is important that our members have the opportunity to articulate a grievance face-to-face with Ofqual, and in a timely manner. Unnecessary delay can contribute to stress and anxiety, and we support the proposal to speed up the process, recognising that this is also a resource-efficient solution.

Ofsted consultation provisional response

05 March 2019

ASCL welcomes Ofsted’s consultation on the 2019 education inspection framework. The decision to publish not only the draft framework but also the draft handbook and underlying research suggests that Ofsted is taking a genuinely consultative approach to the significant changes it proposes.

Provider funding for the delivery of T levels

19 February 2019

ASCL/PPC welcomes the Government’s consultation on T Levels funding. We are pleased that the Government is consulting on such an important issue. We also acknowledge that the methodology proposed has been the subject of much consideration within the available funds for these new qualifications.

School security guidance

13 February 2019

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this consultation. We hope our responses provide a helpful overview of the practices and needs we observe in schools and colleges around the country.

Funding increases to teachers' pension employer contributions

12 February 2019

ASCL believe that a successful education system is fundamental to the performance, growth and productivity of any country. Expenditure on the education system should not be regarded as a cost but as an investment to secure the delivery of a world class education system.

Implementation of T level programmes

08 February 2019

ASCL broadly agrees with the principles behind the review, particularly those of raising the esteem of technical qualifications, removing poor quality provision and simplifying the system for stakeholders such as employers and parents.

STRB Remit for the 29th Report - 2019 pay award

30 January 2019

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to make a written response to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) following the letter from the Secretary of State dated 21 November 2018 which addresses the arrangements for the 2019 pay award.

School Funding in Wales

18 December 2018

ASCL Cymru response to the consultation on school funding in Wales

Developing the new Curriculum for Wales

18 December 2018

ASCL Cymru response to the consultation on the Welsh Government’s progress in developing the new Curriculum for Wales

EWC Code of Professional Conduct and Practice

18 December 2018

ASCL Cymru response to the consultation on the EWC Code of Professional Conduct and Practice 

Future assessment arrangements for GCSE computer science

03 December 2018

ASCL response to the consultation into future assessment arrangements for GCSE computer science. 

ASCL response to consultation on relationships education, relationships and sex education, and health education in England

07 November 2018

ASCL welcomes the historic decision to make relationships education in primary schools, RSE in secondary schools, and health education in both phases statutory.

2018 Budget representation to HM Treasury

19 October 2018

ASCL recognises the financial issues that the country is facing and the need for HM Treasury to prioritise spending allocations. However, we are equally aware of the critical importance of our education system to the country’s long-term prosperity.

Education Funding in Northern Ireland

11 October 2018

This submission identifies the predicament that education in Northern Ireland is currently facing.

The availability of fee information, purchasing decisions and securing value for money

07 September 2018

ASCL welcomes Ofqual’s call for evidence into how qualification purchasers decide which qualifications to buy, in particular how easy they find it to compare their cost.

ASCL response to SoS response to the STRB twenty-eighth report 2018

04 September 2018

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to make a written response to the Government’s proposals following the STRB’s recommendations to the 28th Remit.

Ofqual’s approach to regulating technical qualifications

03 August 2018

ASCL/PPC welcomes the consultation on Ofqual’s approach to regulating technical qualifications.

Labour’s National Education Strategy

31 July 2018

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to respond to this important consultation.

Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) Reform

19 July 2018

The vast majority of ASCL Cymru’s members are school leaders, and therefore our response focuses to a significant extent on the impact of these proposals on school sixth forms.

Elective home education

19 July 2018

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to submit evidence on this important subject.

Children in need of help and protection

29 June 2018

Priorities must be led by the needs of the child and will depend on the specific requirements and complexity of the individual case. The ability to deliver on these priorities will depend on finances and the support available at the school and locally.

Green paper: Strengthening local government - delivering for people (ASCL Cymru)

26 June 2018

Response from ASCL Cymru to the Green paper: Strengthening local government - delivering for people.

Education Select committee SEND Inquiry

13 June 2018

ASCL believes SEND should be at the heart of school leadership. It is not just the preserve of the SENCO. We encourage all schools to be inclusive and to take a whole school approach to inclusion and SEND, believing that every teacher is a teacher of SEND and every leader is a leader of SEND. 

Consultation on the new model to determine teachers' pay and conditions of service in Wales

12 June 2018

Response to the consultation on the new model to determine teachers' pay and conditions of service from ASCL Cymru.

Independent School Regulatory System

05 June 2018

ASCL welcomes the more detailed guidance and its generally helpful and explicit approach. However, there are concerns that at times it is so directional and specifically linked to inspection and DfE registration requirements that there is a danger of it becoming regulation instead of ‘advice’. There is a fine balance to be struck between the laudable aim of ensuing high standards in all in schools and not removing the independence of non-maintained schools. 

Inquiry into school and college funding, 2018

30 May 2018

Response to the Education Select Committee: ASCL welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this important inquiry.

Life Chances Inquiry

25 May 2018

Response to the Education Select Committee: It is difficult to over-estimate the importance of Early Years education in determining life chances and promoting social justice.

Inquiry into 21st Century Schools and Education Programme

11 May 2018

ASCL Cymru has been fully supportive of the Welsh Government’s principle of providing a specific funding stream to address the issues around poor school building stock, and welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this inquiry.

Implementation of Functional Skills Reforms

10 May 2018

ASCL/PPC welcomes the Government’s approach to ensuring consistency in the way that awarding bodies assess Functional Skills. This is helpful for both English and maths Functional Skills.

School exclusions review

08 May 2018

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to submit evidence to this timely and important review.

The Internet: To regulate or not to regulate?

27 April 2018

ASCL and The Self-Esteem Team (SET) response to the Lords Select Committee on Communications.  

Review of Post-18 Education and Funding

27 April 2018

ASCL welcomes the review of post-18 education and funding with the aim of ensuring a system that is joined up and supported by a funding system that works for students and taxpayers.

Teacher involvement in the development of confidential assessment materials

20 April 2018

ASCL believes that the involvement of practising teachers in the drafting, production and moderation of external exam questions and papers results in significant benefits to the education system in England by improving the quality of assessment.

Impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health

03 April 2018

ASCL and The Self-Esteem Team have joined up to consider this hugely relevant issue of crucial importance to us all from both a school leader and a young person’s point of view.

Strengthening Qualified Teacher Status and improving career progression for teachers

08 March 2018

The association welcomes the green paper as an important step forward in tackling an issue which is a major and increasing concern to school and college leaders.

Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper

02 March 2018

The association welcomes the green paper as an important step forward in tackling an issue which is a major and increasing concern to school and college leaders.

Advanced Extension Awards (AEAs)

25 February 2018

ASCL welcomes Ofqual’s consultation regarding advanced extension awards and its proposal to maintain comparability with previous qualifications and retain this suite of qualifications within the choice offered to students.

Changes to keeping children safe in education (KCSIE)

22 February 2018

ASCL appreciates the updating of KCSiE and we particularly welcome the new advice covering sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges.

STRB Remit for the 28th Report - supplementary statement

21 February 2018

Following the submission of evidence provided by the statutory consultees with regard to the 28rd remit of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), we wish to thank the organisations involved for the considerable thought and wisdom demonstrated in their responses.

Changes to the teaching of Sex and Relationship Education and Personal, Social and Health Education

12 February 2018

ASCL supports the provisions in the Children and Social Work Act 2017 to make the new subjects of Relationships Education (RE) for primary age pupils and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for secondary age students mandatory. We agree that RSE/RE should be an identifiable part of a Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum, with planned, timetabled lessons across all the Key Stages.

Accelerated Degrees

09 February 2018

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to respond to this consultation as we can see the value of accelerated degrees for certain people in specific circumstances. We do however expect that the vast majority of young people who go through our school and college system will progress through the three year route to a first degree.

Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision

06 February 2018

The association welcomes the green paper as an important step forward in tackling an issue which is a major and increasing concern to school and college leaders.

School Teachers’ Review Body: Remit for the 28th Report - 2018 pay award

02 February 2018

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to make a written response to the STRB following the letter from the Secretary of State dated 7 December 2017 which addresses the arrangements for the 2018 pay award.

Reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention

24 January 2018

ASCL welcomes this consultation; we agree that there is a need for clear guidance in this area for schools and colleges.

Eligibility for the free early years entitlement for two-year-olds under Universal Credit

08 January 2018

ASCL welcomes the review of eligibility criteria for free early years entitlement for two-year-olds.

Eligibility for free school meals and the early years pupil premium under Universal Credit

08 January 2018

ASCL welcomes the review of eligibility criteria for free school meals (FSM) and early years pupil premium.

Working together to safeguard children

29 December 2017

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to submit evidence to this consultation. We have collected information from a range of members and discussed this matter at our recent national committee meeting to inform this response.

GCSE Computer science

15 December 2017

Response to Ofqual

Alternative Provision

01 November 2017

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to submit evidence to this timely and important inquiry. We have collected information from a range of members and discussed this matter at our recent national committee meeting to inform this response.

Review of the safeguards used to prevent disclosure of confidential information about exams by teacher

30 October 2017

ASCL believes that the involvement of practising teachers in the drafting, production and moderation of exam questions and papers results in significant benefits to the education system in England and the quality of assessment in particular.

Economic and social impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union and how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy

25 October 2017

ASCL submitted evidence to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) on the ‘Partial review of the shortage occupation list’ on 12 September 2017. The evidence submitted at that time is still highly relevant and ASCL is grateful for the opportunity to be able to add to our evidence as part of this review.

Trade Union Act 2016: Consultation on the Certification Officer’s levy

25 October 2017

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to comment on the proposals on the Certification Officer’s levy.

Value for Money in Higher Education

23 October 2017

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to submit evidence on value for money in Higher Education (HE).

Building a reformed PCET system

23 October 2017

A response from ASCL Cymru.

School Organisation Code

28 September 2017

A response from the Association of School and College Leaders.

Emotional and mental health of children and young people in Wales

28 September 2017

A consultation response from ASCL Cymru

Children, Young People and Education Committee’s Inquiry into Teachers’ Professional Learning and Education

27 September 2017

The timescale for the introduction of the new Professional Standards is, at least superficially, reasonable. However, this is set against a background of schools having to cope with a period of transition and unprecedented change to curriculum and assessment reform.

Budget Representation to HM Treasury

22 September 2017

ASCL is well aware of the financial issues that the country is facing and the need for HM Treasury to prioritise spending allocations. We are equally aware of the critical importance of our education system to this country’s long term prosperity.

Short inspections of good schools

07 August 2017

ASCL welcomes the commitment to improving inspection, particularly regarding the conversion of short inspections to full inspections.

Analysing family circumstances and education

31 July 2017

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to respond to the consultation, aimed at increasing understanding of ordinary working families and the link to the educational outcomes of the children and young people in those families.

Joint union response to the STRB - July 2017

28 July 2017

In partnership with five other teacher unions, we have today submitted our response to the consultation on the STRB’s recommendations on the teachers’ pay award.  

Rochford Review

24 June 2017

ASCL welcomes the recommendations of the Rochford Review. They appear to have coherence with the SEND Code of Practice.

Primary Assessment in England

20 June 2017

The way in which primary children are assessed, and primary schools are held to account, is deeply flawed. There are widespread concerns in schools about the accuracy and appropriateness of the national statutory assessments, the impact of these on both children’s and teachers’ wellbeing, and the unintended consequences of the current approach.

School exclusion guidance: proposed revisions

17 April 2017

ASCL welcomes this attempt to remove ambiguities in the guidance and make it more explicit. This is important in a complex (perhaps overly-complex) regulatory framework surrounding what are often highly-charged and contested decisions.

Industrial Strategy

11 April 2017

ASCL is pleased to be able to contribute to the consultation in particular to the section within the Green Paper on “Developing skills”.

AS and A level reform: regulations for MFL (first teaching 2018)

28 March 2017

ASCL understands the reasons behind the proposal to apply three skills in combination - listening, reading and writing - and appreciates the difficulty in assessing the spoken element in these languages.

Schools National Funding Formula

22 March 2017

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this consultation. We have been campaigning for a national distribution formula for over two decades and welcome these proposals in principle.

High needs national funding formula stage 2

22 March 2017

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the second stage of the high needs funding consultation.

Changes to subject content for GCSE drama, and AS and A level drama and theatre

09 March 2017

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to be consulted on the changes to GCSE drama and A level drama and theatre.

Institute for Apprenticeships: Draft Operational Plan

03 March 2017

ASCL is supportive of the increased focus on increasing the availability and quality of apprenticeships and also supports the government’s ambition to raise the status of vocational and technical education.

Children and young people's mental health - the role of education

19 January 2017

ASCL welcomes this inquiry. ‘Future in Mind’ rightly recommended a renewed focus on the role of education in addressing the mental health needs of children and young people. We fully agree that schools and colleges play a vital role and should continue to do so.

Children and Young People’s Strategy

17 January 2017

A response from ASCL Northern Ireland.

Modern foreign languages - alternative content for languages with smaller cohorts

17 January 2017

ASCL understands the reasons behind the proposal to apply three skills - listening, reading and writing - in combination and appreciates the difficulty in assessing the spoken element in these languages.

Education Select Committee inquiry into primary assessment

09 December 2016

Response to Education Committee: The House of Commons Education Committee has published the written evidence received as part of its current inquiry into primary assessment.

Schools that work for everyone

09 December 2016

ASCL welcomes this Government’s ambition to create an education system that extends opportunity to everyone.

ASCL evidence to the STRB 27th remit: 2017 pay award

07 December 2016

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to make a written response to the STRB following the letter from the Secretary of State dated 25 October 2016 which addresses the arrangements for the 2017 pay award.

Technical and Further Education Bill

25 November 2016

Response to Public Bill Committee

Initial Teacher Education programmes in Wales

14 November 2016

Proposal to Education Directorate, Welsh Government from ASCL Cymru

Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect

10 October 2016

Response to Home Office and DfE

Partial Review Shortage Occupation List - Teachers

12 September 2016

ASCL strongly welcomes this review by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) of the place of teachers on the Shortage Occupation List.

Committee Priorities for the Fifth Assembly

02 September 2016

Response from ASCL Cymru

Developing an insolvency regime for the further education and sixth-form sector

05 August 2016

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to comment on this matter, but it has to be said that the consultation has not been properly handled; these complex and highly significant proposals were issued in July with a deadline only four weeks ahead, a period almost entirely within the typical college summer vacation.

Childcare workers: changes to disqualification arrangements

28 June 2016

ASCL welcomes this consultation as we understand that the current childcare disqualification arrangements have led to a significant number of staff in school and other non-domestic registered settings being suspended for issues completely unrelated to child safety.

Setting Grade Standards Part 2

15 June 2016

Response to Ofqual

APPG for Education Inquiry

12 June 2016

ASCL welcomes this inquiry.

The White Paper: Educational Excellence Everywhere

09 May 2016

ASCL welcomes government’s commitment to a school-led, self-improving system.

Reforms to public sector exit payments

03 May 2016

ASCL expertise and interest is in the education service, and these remarks refer only to that part of the public service. In that context ASCL has very great concerns about these proposals, which appear to be both mean-spirited and liable to damage the public service.

Inquiry into the performance, accountability, and governance of Multi-Academy Trusts

25 April 2016

ASCL welcomes the Education Select Committee’s inquiry into the performance, accountability, and governance of Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs).

Schools’ National Funding Formula

18 April 2016

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the schools national funding formula consultation.

High needs funding formula and other reforms

16 April 2016

ASCL welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the high needs funding consultation.

Cities and Local Growth inquiry

13 April 2016

ASCL welcomes this timely inquiry.

Maths and English functional Skills

07 April 2016

ASCL welcomes this review, and strongly supports the concept of Functional Skills qualifications.

Children’s Mental Health Commission: Call for Evidence

30 March 2016

ASCL welcomes the launch of the Children’s Mental Health Commission and this call for evidence. We support the key objectives of the Commission’s work.

The foundation years and the government’s life chances strategy

16 March 2016

Joint Educational Select Committee and Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry.

Marking reviews, appeals, grade boundaries and Code of Practice for GCSEs, AS and A levels

11 March 2016

ASCL members believe that we need to have an awarding body regulator which has the confidence of the profession.

The purpose of education

09 March 2016

We want a system in which all children and young people achieve. We believe we can have a great education system that delivers quality and equality for all learners.

Comparability of different subjects

04 March 2016

Response to Ofqual

Public sector apprenticeship targets

04 March 2016

ASCL is supportive of the government’s intention to increase the number of apprentices. But there are a great many concerns about these proposals, which present as poorly thought-out and likely to have many unintended consequences.

CCEA consultation on draft timetable for 2017 GCE AS and A2 examinations

02 March 2016

Response from ASCL Northern Ireland

Public Accounts Committee: Training new teachers

18 February 2016

ASCL has been warning for some time that a crisis in teacher supply was imminent, a crisis that has now arrived. Clearly, there are issues of retention as well as recruitment but for some time too few new teachers have been trained, especially teachers of some shortage subjects.

Final legacy entries to GCSEs, AS and A Levels

02 February 2016

ASCL welcomes this consultation on final legacy entries to GCSEs, AS and A levels as there are a variety of reasons why the opportunities for resits presented in this consultation will be in the best interests of the pupils.

Implementing the English Baccalaureate

29 January 2016

ASCL strongly believes that a school’s curriculum should be determined by school leaders and governors and we welcome the autonomy given to schools to do this. ASCL makes a number of key recommendations in response to this consultation.

National Reference Test implementation

19 January 2016

ASCL welcomes the commitment to gather evidence to show that performance at Key stage 4 has genuinely improved (or declined) across the cohort.

STRB Remit for the 26th Report for 2016 pay award

08 January 2016

Response from ASCL.