Help and advice

In this section we have brought together advice, guidance, articles and information from external sources to help ASCL members do their jobs more effectively.

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  • School Immersion Programme

    ASCL is working with the DfE to promote and develop the School Immersion Programme. Collaborating with schools throughout England and Wales, this is an established initiative aimed at providing DfE staff with first-hand experience of school life.

    13 April 2017 - ADVICE

  • National Audit Office (NAO) Study: Converting Schools to Academies

    ASCL has been asked to submit views on the DfE’s arrangements for the conversion of schools to academies. NAO studies are very important and we would like as much up-to-date information from members on this as possible. We need to respond to the NAO by Fri 28 April.

    06 April 2017 - ADVICE

  • Teachers' Pensions update

    Teachers’ Pensions has introduced Monthly Data Collection (MDC) for employers to provide their salary and service information. MDC replaces the Annual Service Return (ASR). All employers must be set up to use MDC by December 2017.

    06 April 2017 - ADVICE

  • Key Stage 4 shadow measures

    The DfE has published shadow Attainment 8 data using 2017 points. The information shows how national 2015 to 2016 Attainment 8 scores look when re-calculated using a 2017 point score methodology.

    04 April 2017 - ADVICE

  • Primary assessment consultation

    Last week, the government published a wide ranging consultation on the future of primary assessment in England. The consultation includes a number of significant proposals and ASCL Primary Specialist Julie McCulloch worked closely with the DfE to shape this consultation.

    04 April 2017 - ADVICE

  • European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)

    The Technical Award list has been updated for 2018 and the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) has been withdrawn, which means it will no longer count in performance tables from summer 2018.

    04 April 2017 - ADVICE

  • Ramadan and exams, 2017: information for schools and colleges

    In 2017, Ramadan coincides with the examination season, as it did last year. ASCL has again worked with imams, Islamic scholars, experts, Muslim chaplains in the education sector and leaders from a range of different theological persuasions to produce an information paper for schools and colleges.

    31 March 2017 - ADVICE

  • UCAS qualification provision survey 2017

    UCAS has published the findings from its survey highlighting changes in post-16 uptake of AS provision.

    28 March 2017 - ADVICE

  • Star Chamber Scrutiny Board

    The Star Chamber Scrutiny Board (SCSB) is a panel of external partners from local authorities, schools and Ofsted who review all DfE data collection proposals relating to services for children, schools and families.

    28 March 2017 - ADVICE

  • 16-19 Study Programmes Annual Review

    The EFA has published its second annual review of 16 to 19 study programmes using the most recently available data which is for 2014/15.

    22 March 2017 - ADVICE

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