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  • Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund

    Advice February 2017

    The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund is a three-year investment worth £75 million, which will provide funding for professional development programmes for teachers and school leaders.

  • Leadership Equality and Diversity Fund: for school-led programmes

    Advice September 2016

    The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is inviting lead schools, on behalf of groups or alliances of schools to apply for grant funding to design and deliver leadership programmes.

  • Free anti-bullying training

    Advice February 2019

    The Diana Award is offering its free regional Anti-Bullying Ambassador training days for primary and secondary schools.

  • Support for new headteachers - call for engagement

    Advice February 2019

    The DfE School Leadership Unit is looking at how to help headteachers, especially new headteachers, who feel isolated and unsupported. To make sure they properly understand the problem they would like to speak with people who have recently been first-time heads.

  • School Immersion Programme, 2019

    Advice January 2019

    ASCL is continuing to work with the DfE to develop the School Immersion Programme (SIP). Collaborating with schools and colleges throughout England and Wales, this is an established initiative aimed at providing DfE staff with first-hand experience of school and college life.

  • Leadership equality and diversity fund

    Advice January 2018

    The DfE’s leadership equality and diversity (E&D) fund supports schools to develop local solutions that help teachers from under-represented groups to progress into leadership. Funding is available for schools to co-ordinate school-led projects in their region.

  • New National Leader of Education application round

    Advice September 2016

    The new application round for National Leaders of Education is now open until 5pm on Friday 23 September.

  • Clerking Competency Framework

    Advice April 2017

    The government has published a Clerking Competency Framework, which sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to provide professional clerking to school and academy governing boards.

  • Headteacher Reference Groups

    Advice July 2019

    The DfE is looking for headteachers who would like to contribute to national policy through the Primary Headteacher Reference Group and the Secondary Headteacher Reference Group.

  • National Leaders of Education and National Support School

    Advice May 2016

    The application round for National Leaders of Education and National Support School (NLE/NSS) designation will open on 16 May and close on 16 June.

  • Ofqual recruiting subject experts

    Advice January 2016

    The opportunity to be involved with crucial pieces of work such as the current reform of GCSEs and A and AS levels and the continuing improvement of vocational qualifications is not one to be passed up, with this sort of work frequently seen by experts as excellent CPD.

  • Are you interested in delivering the new National Professional Qualifications?

    Advice January 2017

    The DfE and National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is hosting a series of information events for schools and other organisations interested in applying for accreditation to deliver one or more of the new National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).

  • Become a Chartered Educational Assessor

    Advice February 2019

    The role of the Chartered Educational Assessor (CEA) is to quality assure the assessment policies, procedures and processes that schools, colleges, or MATs use. This CEA training programme supports professionals engaged in assessment across multiple subject contexts.

  • Returners Engagement Programme

    Advice January 2017

    NCTL is also inviting school partnerships to become a Returners Engagement Programme pilot school. The programme is available to former teachers wishing to return to mathematics, physics, or a modern foreign language in the North West and South East.

  • National Teaching Service

    Advice February 2016

    The National Teaching Service (NTS) has been created to recruit high performing teachers and middle leaders directly into schools in challenging circumstances that are struggling to recruit and retain high-quality teachers.

  • STEM insight

    Advice March 2017

    The National STEM Learning Network offers a unique STEM Insight programme for staff in schools and colleges to experience STEM-related work in industrial or university settings. Candidates take part in a placement, supported by face-to-face and online CPD.

  • New development opportunity with Ofsted for middle leaders in London

    Advice April 2019

    Ofsted London Region is running a pilot programme in London to support the development of future leaders in education from BAME backgrounds. The programme is applicable to middle leaders who have been identified as having potential to move into senior leadership roles in the next one to three years.

  • DfE event: reducing teacher workload

    Advice January 2018

    The DfE Teacher Workload Unit, in collaboration with school leaders and teachers across the country, is running a series of events to showcase work that is currently being done in schools to effectively reduce teacher workload.

  • Nominate for the Teaching Leaders programme: Leadership development that changes lives

    Advice January 2017

    Ambition School Leadership is a charity working with leaders at all levels, from aspiring middle leaders to executive headteachers. Teaching Leaders, its programme for high-potential middle leaders, is now open for applications.

  • Guidance on recruiting a headteacher

    Advice December 2017

    The DfE has published a guide to help governors and trustees make effective decisions when recruiting and selecting headteachers and other school leaders.

  • Ofsted inspectors: South East England

    Advice July 2017

    The Ofsted Director for the South East is keen to recruit some recently retired heads, or those who will be retiring in the next year or so to train and work as Ofsted inspectors. Ofsted is keen to increase the number of inspectors who are current headteachers or who have recently retired.

  • Free CPD for teachers on global learning

    Advice March 2019

    Lyfta is a subscription-based digital platform where teachers and pupils can access stunning immersive stories and curriculum-based lesson and assembly plans. Lyfta's learning experiences are ideal for teaching literacy, PSHE, SMSC, global citizenship and art.

  • CPD for School Business Leaders and School Business Managers

    Advice February 2017

    CPD for school business leaders and managers is changing. The traditional suite of programmes now known as Level 4 and 5 Diplomas in School Business Management continue to be made available by a range of national providers.

  • The Big Staff Meeting – take half an hour and have your say!

    Advice January 2016

    Teachers from all phases and stages are being asked to put aside half an hour to take part in The Big Staff Meeting.

  • Guidance by ISBL for employers

    Advice June 2019

    The Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) has released new guidance for headteachers and governors to support them in utilising the school business leadership professional standards, in the recruitment and retention of school business leaders.

  • Win £10,000 with the London Teachers Innovation Fund

    Advice April 2016

    The London Teachers Innovation Fund is open to any London teachers to apply for up to £10,000. Teachers will work with subject experts from universities, businesses, and subject associations to create teaching strategies and resources to raise the attainment and accelerate the progress of their stud

  • Vacancies: Ofqual and Ofsted Board members

    Advice August 2017

    The Secretary of State for Education is seeking to appoint up to five members to the Board of Ofqual and up to four members to the Board of Ofsted.

  • Stonewall Children and Young People's Conference 2019

    Advice May 2019

    Stonewall's conference on lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) inclusion in primary schools, secondary schools, services, colleges and youth groups returns on Friday 5th July 2019 with its unique combination of practical information, keynote speakers and platforming of youth voices.

  • National Citizen Service - summer employment opportunities in Swindon

    Advice May 2016

    National Citizen Service (NCS) is the government’s skills development and citizenship programme for Year 11 and 12 students. Learn By Design delivers this programme in Swindon, among other areas of England, during July and August.

  • Women Leading in Education: coach directory

    Advice January 2017

    A leadership coaching pledge is one of the measures announced by government to support women in teaching. In conjunction, the National College for Teaching and Leadership has published a Women Leading in Education: coach directory.

  • Girls' schools launch new leadership scheme to develop women headteachers

    Advice July 2017

    If you want to step up into a more senior role, but feel you don’t have the skills, this new leadership mentoring scheme may be for you. State and independent girls’ schools are working together to encourage women into top jobs.

  • Routes into Teaching Training

    Advice December 2015

    In response to requests from school leaders and potential teachers ASCL has produced a simple guide on the current routes into teaching.

  • Apprenticeships - updated guidance

    Advice July 2018

    The DfE has published updated guidance for schools on using apprentices in your workforce and spending levy contributions.

  • 16-19 study programmes

    Advice January 2019

    The guidance on the review of end of year 16 to 19 study programmes data for 2016 to 2017 has now been updated.

  • 2017 Headteacher board elections: nominations now open

    Advice July 2017

    Headteacher board (HTB) elections are being held across the eight Regional Schools Commissioner regions. HTBs were established in 2014 to advise and challenge the RSCs on the decisions they take, and provide an opportunity for the sector to help shape the school system in their region.

  • Education and Islam

    Advice August 2016

    Videos and information on education and Islam following Sir Michael Barber's plenary session at the Inspiring Leadership Conference 2016.

  • Educators on Board

    Advice July 2019

    The NGA and Inspiring Governance have recently launched their new ‘Educators on Board’ campaign, responding to the expressed need for governing boards to have more educational expertise on them and seeks to encourage teachers and school leaders to consider becoming a governor or trustee.

  • Free high-quality CPD to teach computer science

    Advice June 2019

    Computer science is a huge and growing area of STEM. Employers of all sectors and sizes report an almost insatiable appetite for young people with coding and other computing skills. But only 61% of schools currently offer the subject to GCSE.

  • Funding for teachers to travel abroad to study teaching methods

    Advice November 2018

    The Iain Grant Charitable Trust provides funding for teachers who are interested in travelling abroad to study teaching methods used in other countries.

  • Leading Women's Alliance Summit 2017

    Advice November 2016

    ASCL is delighted to be supporting the second Leading Women’s Alliance Summit, Seizing Opportunities – Leading Women to Headship and Beyond.

  • Chartered Teacher Status

    Advice November 2018

    The Chartered College of Teaching is now accepting applications to join the next cohort of its Chartered Teacher Programme (CTeach). Chartered Teacher status recognises excellent teachers and their skills, knowledge and behaviours, in delivering the best possible education for young people.

  • Commission on Ethical Leadership - Moral DNA survey

    Advice September 2017

    ASCL’s Commission on Ethical Leadership is a national project to help school and college leaders think about the basis upon which they make judgements in and about schools or colleges. We’re inviting all of our members to participate in a quick and interesting survey as part of our preparatory work.