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  • "Schools that work for everyone" - the government's consultation paper at a glance - Help and advice

    Advice September 2016

    Applicable to England only. The government's consultation proposes “a series of reforms to encourage high performing institutions – independent schools, higher education institutions, selective and faith schools – to help improve the quality of school places in the mainstream and state sector.

  • #Knifefree Campaign - share your views

    Advice June 2018

    The Home Office is evaluating its #Knifefree Campaign and is keen to hear your views.

  • 'First entry' definition changed for BTEC Firsts

    Advice November 2015

    The DfE has changed the definition of what will count as 'first entry' for BTEC First qualifications.

  • 10-point plan to tackle recruitment crisis

    Advice April 2015

    ASCL has drawn up a 10-point plan to tackle the ongoing teacher recruitment crisis, with proposals for both government and the teaching profession.

  • 16 to 19 discretionary bursary and extended work placements funding

    Advice March 2018

    The ESFA is making additional 16 to 19 bursary funding available to institutions that are delivering extended work placements in the 2018 to 2019 academic year with the Capacity and Delivery Fund.

  • 16 to 19 funding: advanced maths premium

    Advice March 2018

    The DfE has published information about the new advanced maths premium on GOV.UK. The advanced maths premium is paid at a set rate of £600 per year, per additional student, for one or two years, depending on the type and size of qualification studied.

  • 16 to 19 funding: maths and English condition of funding

    Advice June 2016

    The EFA and SFA have updated their funding guidance to reflect the fact that the 16-19 maths and English condition of funding has been extended from November 2016 to summer 2017 to cover the teaching of legacy GCSE specifications in those subjects. The same rules apply to IGCSEs and equivalent Level

  • 16-19 Funding Campaign

    Advice November 2017

    In October 2017, the Sixth Form Colleges Association conducted an online survey of state schools (school sixth forms, academy sixth forms and free school sixth forms) and colleges (FE colleges and Sixth Form Colleges) in England.

  • 16-19 funding developments

    Advice January 2014

    The outrage from across the post-16 sector at the EFA’s announcement of a 17.5 per cent funding cut for 18 year-old students was followed by the Education Select Committee pursuing the matter.

  • 16-19 Inspection dashboard

    Advice January 2017

    Schools and colleges should now have downloaded their 2016 16-19 study programmes inspection dashboard from RAISEonline (this early extract was published on 16 December).

  • 16-19 latest funding developments

    Advice March 2014

    The EFA has issued updated student numbers to a number of schools and academies.

  • 16-19 pupil premium baseline funding

    Advice October 2018

    A guide has now been issued by the ESFA to accompany downloads of data relating to sixth form and FE students who were eligible for Pupil Premium funding or who received SEN support in Year 11.

  • 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.

  • 16-19 Study Programmes Annual Review

    Advice March 2017

    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.

  • 2014 Key Stage 3 Teacher Assessment

    Advice February 2014

    Following publication of the new national curriculum, the assessment arrangements for Key Stage 3 were disapplied from 2013.

  • 2015 summer exams

    Advice November 2015

    Following issues surrounding the quality of marking with the 2015 summer exams, ASCL has been continuing discussions with exam boards as well as seeking reassurance that similar issues will not recur in 2016.

  • 2016 secondary inspection dashboards update

    Advice March 2017

    Inspection dashboards for secondary schools have now been updated in line with validated data.

  • 2016-17 Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium

    Advice September 2016

    The DfE has confirmed that schools will receive the same total amount of Year 7 catch-up premium funding as they received in 2015/16, adjusted to reflect the percentage change in the size of the Year 7 cohort, based on the October 2016 census.

  • 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.

  • 2017-18 Post-16 Funding Allocation

    Advice February 2017

    Colleges wanting to use the allocation calculation toolkit (ACT) to calculate their provisional funding should now be able to do this by logging into EFA Information Exchange.

  • 2018 to 2019 academy general annual grant allocations

    Advice March 2018

    The ESFA has begun the process of uploading academy funding allocations for 2018/19 to the Information Exchange. Allocations for academies that opened before, or on 1 January 2018, will appear by the end of March 2018.

  • 2018-19 allocations for 16-19 institutions

    Advice January 2018

    The ESFA has now written to all ESFA funded 16-19 institutions about funding for the academic year 2018/19. Colleges will also have received information about their post-16 allocation calculation toolkit (ACT) (the toolkit for schools and academies will be available in early February).

  • A chance to try out an innovative mental health approach

    Advice February 2019

    Do you want a chance to try out an innovative mental health approach? Would you like £1,000 for your school and to lead the way in cutting-edge research?

  • A clear view

    Leader article March 2016

    The vision for a self-improving system has made great strides in the last 12 months but there is much more still to do, as ASCL President Allan Foulds explains.

  • A common purpose

    Leader article January 2016

    The English and Welsh education systems may be diverging but both must be shaped by the values of their educators if improvement is to be sustained, say ASCL’s Leora Cruddas and Tim Pratt.

  • A common purpose

    Leader article December 2015

    Much of the philosophy of ASCL’s Blueprint applies to both independent and state schools so we should join forces to deliver it, says Barbara Stanley.

  • A level developments

    Advice March 2014

    The development of A level geography has been delayed for one year.

  • A level reform

    Advice March 2014

    Ofqual has announced that there is a change to the timeline for A level reform.

  • A level reform – changes to new A level roll out programme

    Advice November 2014

    Ofqual are currently making further changes to the programme for the first teaching of new A level subjects. Please be aware that all published lists regarding when certain new A levels come online are now incorrect.

  • A level science fact sheet

    Advice July 2014

    Ofqual has produced a fact sheet on practical assessment in the new science A levels.

  • A lighter touch

    Leader article September 2014

    Suzanne O’Farrell looks at the changes to Ofsted inspections being introduced this year ahead of a new framework in September 2015.

  • A lighter touch - inspections

    Leader article April 2015

    Schools rated ‘good’ are the focus of the most important change to the Ofsted framework this year with more emphasis on professional dialogue.

  • A perfect storm?

    Leader article July 2015

    A 5 per cent hike in costs in the next 18 months will put all schools under more pressure, but an unequal funding system is exacerbating the problems for some. Members need to take action now, reports Julie Nightingale.

  • A question of balance

    Leader article February 2014

    Sam Ellis has been worrying about even-handedness in school since he was a lad. Instead of concerns about being kept behind in class, he’s now anxious about education funding being reasonable and just or, at least, fairer than it was.

  • A silent epidemic

    Leader article March 2016

    Mental ill health is an issue affecting every classroom in every school, every day. The statistics are staggering...

  • A/AS modern languages examinations summer 2015

    Advice May 2015

    ASCL, NAHT, HMC together with the Association for Language Learning (ALL) and the Independent Schools Languages Association (ISMLA), have produced an information note about the awarding for grades for institutions with candidates sitting the modern language exams in the summer 2015 series.

  • Academies - submission arrangements for 2015-16 audited accounts

    Advice December 2016

    All academy trusts that have a signed funding agreement during the accounting period to 31 August 2016 must submit audited accounts (annual report, financial statements and auditor’s management letter) for the period ending 31 August 2016 to the EFA.

  • Academies Accounts Return 2015 - 2016

    Advice December 2016

    The accounts return online form is under review and should be available soon. The EFA will be contacting all academy trust accounting officers with instructions for registering and setting up the new online system for their accounts return.

  • Academies Financial Handbook

    Advice July 2016

    The 2016 edition of the Academies Financial Handbook has been published on the DfE website.

  • Academies Financial Handbook - 2017 version

    Advice August 2017

    This core document for academies has been reviewed and updated and the revised version published 27 July 2017. ASCL's Business Leadership Specialist Val Andrew provides a summary of the changes.

  • Academies – Calling to account

    Leader article October 2014

    Val Andrew explores what’s new in the 2014 Academies Financial Handbook.

  • Academy auditors

    Advice March 2014

    Last summer the EFA ran a series of seminars for academy auditors that were designed to address inconsistencies in the interpretation of aspects of the audit process and requirements of the Academies Financial Handbook (AFH).

  • Academy revenue funding allocations 2017/18

    Advice March 2017

    These allocations should now be visible via EFA Information Exchange. Allocations are for academies that opened on or before 1 January 2017.

  • Accountability Measures

    Policy paper June 2015

    Accountability is the obligation of an individual and organisation to account for its activities, accept responsibility for them, and to disclose the results in a transparent manner.

  • ACT for Youth: RUN HIDE TELL

    Advice November 2017

    Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) has collaborated with the PSHE Association to take terrorism safety advice into the UK’s classrooms for the first time.

  • Action Counters Terrorism - Youth Campaign

    Advice October 2017

    The DfE has asked us to make you aware of a new campaign aimed at informing young people on how to react to incidents involving firearms and other weapons. The Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) – Youth Campaign was launched last week by the counter-terrorism police and it is supported by the National

  • Additional capital funding 2018-2019

    Advice February 2019

    In the Budget 2018, the Chancellor announced an extra £400 million capital funding for schools in 2018 to 2019.

  • Additional capital funding for 2018 to 2019

    Advice November 2018

    The government has published guidance about the £400 million capital funding announced in the Budget, for schools in England.

  • Adjusting to assessment without levels

    Advice June 2014

    How will schools adjust to a new assessment landscape without National Curriculum levels? This was the question discussed at ASCL’s Annual Conference in Birmingham, at GL Assessment’s Life without Levels panel debate.

  • Advice from Pearson on changes to BTEC assessment

    Advice May 2014

    Pearson have asked us to make some advice and guidance available to members following some expressions of concern from ASCL members about changes to BTEC assessment.

  • Advice to members with regard to responding to DENI draft budget

    Advice December 2014

    Following a meeting on Thursday, 11 December of the ASCL Northern Ireland Executive, a letter opposing the proposed cuts to the education budget has been sent to DE Permanent Secretary Paul Sweeney.

  • Alcohol awareness resources

    Advice March 2019

    Drinkaware for Education is a free, curriculum-linked alcohol education programme for teachers of 9-14 year-olds. Its resources are specially designed for use in PSHE classes and are accredited by the PSHE Association’s Quality Mark.

  • AMAP re-opened to February 2019

    Advice December 2018

    There has been an extension to the Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP).

  • Amended OCR notice on GCSE Computing

    June 2014

    OCR has taken down a notice posted on its website which stated that controlled assessment tasks for units A452 and A453 for GCSE computing were being withdrawn with immediate effect.

  • Amendments to Ofsted guidance April 2014

    Advice May 2014

    Ofsted has made some minor changes to its subsidiary guidance and handbook in April. There is a new paragraph to ensure ‘Inspectors clearly understand the governance arrangements for a school and that they identify and engage with the right people’.

  • An Exploratory Evaluation Framework: safety, safeguarding and radicalisation

    Guidance paper October 2015

    This exploratory evaluation framework is relevant to all school leaders and staff in all schools and colleges and outlines the statutory duties in relation to safety and safeguarding, the Prevent duty, equalities, British values and the curriculum.

  • Analyse school performance (ASP) - December update

    Advice December 2017

    The DfE has asked us to make members aware that KS4 2017 provisional data and destinations data for 2015/16 is now available in ASP.

  • Analyse school performance (ASP) update

    Advice September 2017

    Key Stage 2 data is now available in ASP (the replacement service to RAISEonline) – this is provisional data for 2016/17. CLA data is not currently available, therefore breakdowns of data have not been published; this will be added at the end of October along with KS1 and Phonics data for 2017.

  • Analyse school performance (ASP) update - March 2019

    Advice March 2019

    KS4 revised data for 2018 and revised Destinations (after KS4) for 2017, is now available in ASP.

  • Analyse school performance (ASP) update - November 2018

    Advice November 2018

    Key Stage 4 2018 provisional data and destinations data for 2017 is now available in ASP. Three-year time series data is also included within this release.

  • Annual Allowance Tax Year 2015-16

    Advice September 2016

    The Teachers’ Pensions Agency will soon be sending out letters to members who have breached the Annual Allowance for the tax year 2015-16.

  • Annual pension increase

    Advice February 2014

    Members receiving pensions from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS), Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) or other public sector pensions, will receive a pension increase from April 2014.

  • Anti-fraud lesson plans

    Advice October 2018

    Together with PSHE Association, and Economic education, Cifas, the fraud prevention organisation, has created four Anti-Fraud Education lesson plans with accompanying resources. The lesson plans are aimed at 11-16 year-olds and cover Key Stages 3 and 4.

  • Application process for sixth form colleges to be academies

    February 2016

    The DfE has published information for sixth form colleges considering becoming a 16 to 19 academy, including how to apply, and the application form.

  • Application rounds for Teaching Schools and National Leaders of Education

    Advice November 2017

    The application rounds for Teaching Schools and National Leaders of Education opened on 1 November and will close at midnight, 7 December.

  • Applications for 2016 Social Mobility Foundation Programmes now open

    Advice December 2015

    The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) supports ambitious young people from less-privileged backgrounds to access top universities and careers.

  • Applications for 2018 Social Mobility Foundation Programmes now open

    Advice October 2017

    The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) supports ambitious young people from less-privileged backgrounds to access top universities and careers. They run completely free programmes featuring mentoring, internships with top companies, university application support, and skills workshops.

  • Applications for 2019 Social Mobility Foundation Programmes now open

    Advice November 2018

    The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) supports ambitious young people from low income backgrounds to access top universities and careers.

  • Apprenticeship Levy

    Advice December 2016

    ASCL has taken every opportunity to lobby about the Apprenticeship Levy. We will continue to call on the government to make schools exempt. ASCL Funding Specialist Julia Harnden has had a series of meetings to discuss growing the number of appropriate apprenticeship programmes relevant to schools.

  • Apprenticeship live broadcasts in schools

    Advice November 2017

    Schools in England can now access the latest apprenticeship information directly from employers and their apprentices - through a new broadcast initiative.

  • Apprenticeships - updated guidance

    Advice July 2018

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

  • Apprenticeships in schools

    Advice January 2017

    The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has produced a briefing paper on apprenticeships for schools as an employer.

  • Apprenticeships in schools - updated guidance

    Advice September 2018

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

  • 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).

  • Are you retiring this August?

    Advice March 2016

    Are you looking to draw on your pension benefits between 6 April and 31 August 2016? If so, you might need to apply for protection.

  • Area Based Reviews

    Guidance paper October 2015

    This guidance paper is relevant to all senior staff working in post-16 settings who may be involved in area reviews, and for all those who have an interest in the significant structural reforms likely to occur in colleges and other post-16 providers.

  • Asbestos in schools

    Advice February 2016

    In March 2015, the DfE concluded a review of its policy on the management of asbestos in schools. The outcomes from the review included the issuing of updated guidance, Managing Asbestos in Your School, and a call for a clearer picture of how asbestos is managed in schools across England.

  • Asbestos management

    Advice February 2017

    The Education Funding Agency (EFA) has published new guidance aimed at schools, local authorities and trusts in understanding their obligations and duties in relation to asbestos management in schools. The guidance was first published in March 2015 and has been updated with more information.

  • Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP)

    Advice April 2018

    The ESFA has recently published the Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP) online portal user-guide on GOV.UK. Responsible Bodies (RBs) are being asked to complete the AMAP.

  • Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP) - June 2018

    Advice June 2018

    Please ensure you have completed your AMAP by the extended deadline of Monday 25 June. All local authorities, governing bodies and academy trusts should have plans in place to safely manage asbestos in school buildings.

  • Asbestos Management Guidance

    Advice March 2018

    ASCL Cymru have received notice that the Welsh Government is undertaking a review of the guidance available to schools on Asbestos Management.

  • Asbestos management in schools and colleges

    Advice August 2014

    The DfE is producing revised guidance on asbestos management. In the meantime, members may find it useful to read the guidance on Asbestos management in schools that has been published by the Welsh government.

  • ASCL Cymru: Funding reports and spreadsheet tool

    Advice February 2018

    At the end of 2017, ASCL Cymru commissioned an examination of the funding currently available in Welsh education. The reports look at how and where funding is distributed from Whitehall to Welsh government and local authorities, and identifies areas for further development.

  • ASCL Funding Campaign: What Would You Cut?

    Advice March 2017

    Education funding is at breaking point because of rising costs and flat cash. After the successful launch of our #WhatWouldYouCut campaign on Twitter, on Sunday 5 March we need your help to continue the momentum.

  • ASCL Influence

    Leader article February 2015

    Here is just a small selection of the meetings and lobbying activity that senior ASCL officers have been involved with on your behalf and, in particular, we have highlighted areas where ASCL has had a direct influence on policy.

  • ASCL Influence

    Leader article December 2014

    Here is just a small selection of the meetings and lobbying activity that senior ASCL officers have been involved with on your behalf and, in particular, we have highlighted areas where ASCL has had a direct influence on policy.

  • ASCL Response to the Education and Adoption Bill

    Advice July 2015

    ASCL sent the following briefing to all MPs on the Education and Adoption Bill Committee.

  • ASCL self evaluation tool

    Advice April 2018

    Building on previous self-evaluation (SEF) tools created by consultant Tony Thornley, ASCL’s Inspection & Accountability Specialist, Stephen Rollett has developed an April 2018 (SEF 2018) update to ASCL's framework of SEF tools to support school leaders.

  • ASCL summary of the Workload Reports

    Advice March 2016

    ASCL has previously welcomed the government’s recognition of the problem of workload. All parts of the education system do indeed have a role to play in reducing the unnecessary tasks that take teachers and school leaders away from their core task: improving outcomes for children.

  • ASCL's summary of Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice 2014

    Guidance paper July 2014

    The SEN Code of Practice 2014 (the code) is the new statutory guidance on duties, policies and procedures for schools, colleges and other agencies that stem from the Children and Families Act 2014 (Part 3). Subject to Parliamentary approval, it comes into force from September 2014

  • Assessment of reformed qualifications

    February 2016

    Ofqual has confirmed the assessment arrangements for reformed GCSEs, AS and A level qualifications for first teaching in 2017.

  • August accounts return live webinar

    Advice November 2015

    Registration is now open for the 2 December EFA webinar on the accounts return.

  • Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) – securing value for schools

    Advice July 2015

    Schools looking for the best deal when purchasing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) may be interested in this arrangement.

  • Autumn 2014 consolidated list of DfE changes

    Advice July 2014

    The DfE has helpfully put together a consolidated list of the autumn 2014 changes with hyperlinks to all of the relevant documents. This should be a helpful list for schools and colleges to cross-reference with their plans for September.

  • Autumn DfE announcements

    Advice July 2015

    DfE ministers have said that they are committed to implementing all of the Conservative party’s manifesto promises on education by the end of this Parliament in 2020. We have already seen evidence of that with the announcements before recess about the Ebacc and coasting schools.

  • Background briefing on Regional Schools Commissioners

    Advice October 2015

    The House of Commons has published a briefing note together with a report which provides information on the role of Regional Schools Commissioners and that outlines some of the issues that have been raised since their creation. See the briefing and report online here.

  • Basic tenets of sound financial planning - business leadership

    Leader article May 2015

    Val Andrew outlines some basic tenets of sound financial planning to ensure that your school or college is running at maximum efficiency.

  • BBC Survey: What's happening to creative arts subjects in secondary schools?

    Advice October 2017

    Please check your school admin inbox today (17 October) for a BBC online survey that’s been sent out to all state-funded secondary schools in England.

  • Be Prepared

    Leader article March 2014

    Leora Cruddas suggests some key activities for schools and colleges to undertake ahead of changes to the curriculum, assessment and qualifications.

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