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  • One for all

    Leader article December 2014

    Andy Buck looks at building trust, harnessing talent to the right task and other elements that go towards building a great senior team.

  • Realise our ambition

    Leader article September 2014

    If the education system is to become genuinely school-led, then the responsibility lies with us as leaders to shape it, says Brian Lightman.

  • Worries about an increasing workload

    Leader article May 2014

    Worries about an increasing workload are now being cited by business managers as a key source of anxiety. Val Andrew has some tips for the stressed.

  • Wary of social media?

    Leader article May 2014

    Wary of social media? Think Twitter’s a time-wasting distraction? Avid tweeter Peter Monfort offers a guide to its professional uses that could change your mind.

  • How to manage a major incident or emergency

    Leader article Advice April 2014

    A death or accident can knock an institution sideways but a good disaster plan will enable you to control the immediate fallout and also avoid lasting damage to students, staff and/or reputation.

  • The Equation of Life

    Advice June 2014

    Article by Sam Ellis, ASCL Funding Specialist. The title is a slightly tongue in cheek reference to the way I have been presenting and analysing the financial and curriculum situation in all types of school for the past few years.

  • Unqualified instructors

    Advice March 2014

    Amendment to the Education (School Teachers’ Prescribed Qualifications, etc) Order 2003.

  • Ideas Take Flight

    Leader article October 2014

    The need for an authentically school-led system was one of the key conclusions to emerge from ASCL’s Great Education Debate (GED). Here, Leora Cruddas spells out the blueprint or how it may be achieved.

  • Reducing Teacher Workload: a Ten-Point Plan

    October 2014

    ASCL’s position is that we need a more sophisticated understanding and definition of unnecessary workload.

  • Tackling Inequality

    Leader article December 2014

    I’m a third-generation teacher. My grandmother, born in 1901, was the child of a shipyard foreman and a domestic servant. Clever, she passed the test for the grammar school in Jarrow (Tyne and Wear) and became a pupil teacher and then a certified one, earning her own living up to the end of the 1920

  • Funding for third year students aged 16-19

    Advice March 2014

    The DfE reduced the funding for those students in the third year of study aged 16-19 for next year by 17.5 per cent. ASCL and other organisations mounted a vigorous campaign to get this funding raised back up to the level of other students aged 16-19.

  • The perfect addition

    Leader article May 2014

    As more schools struggle to fill headship vacancies, business managers are successfully stepping up to leadership. Dorothy Lepkowska reports.

  • Post-16 funding campaign

    Advice June 2014

    A group led by ASCL and consisting of AoC, PPC, IAA, FASNA and SFCA has written a further letter to Mr Gove regarding the dire situation being created by post-16 funding reductions.

  • Meducation

    Leader article December 2014

    Chronic health conditions can permanently damage a young person’s educational chances without the right support. Libby Dowling looks at the policies, training and other measures schools need to think about under a new legal duty.

  • 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.

  • Careers and employer engagement

    Leader article July 2014

    Close links with employers can pay dividends for schools and colleges in terms of introducing young people to the working world and to the skills and qualities that will make them employable in the future, as Karleeen Dowden explains.

  • Extending the right to request flexible working is delayed

    Advice March 2014

    The extension of the right to request flexible working was intended to come into force in April 2014. However, this was dependent on a clause in the Children and Families Bill 2013, which has only just received Royal Assent.

  • 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.

  • Keeping children safe in education

    Advice October 2014

    Members should note that the revised guidance was published on 10 October. Although the majority of the changes relate to early years and children under the age of eight, members are advised to ensure that they have checked their policies and practices against this most recent statutory guidance.

  • Rising costs and rhetoric

    Leader article July 2014

    As sixth form funding continues to decline, staff need to understand the financial position but they also need to pull together to find creative solutions. Stephan Jungnitz offers some suggestions for building up esprit de corps.

  • Non-statutory guidance on statutory school policies

    Advice May 2014

    The Department for Education has published non-statutory guidance to help schools understand their statutory obligations and duties.

  • Challenges – and opportunities

    Leader article July 2014

    Brian Lightman looks ahead to some of the changes facing school and college leaders from September in what promises to be another turbulent academic year.

  • Industrial action

    Advice June 2014

    The NUT and Unison are taking industrial action in the form of a national strike on 10 July as part of the ongoing dispute over pay, pensions and workload.

  • DfE publishes assessment principles

    Advice April 2014

    The DfE has published a set of recommended assessment principles to help schools to effectively assess their pupils’ progress against their school curriculum.

  • Changing outlook

    Leader article September 2014

    Reforms coming in for September represent a shift in political thinking about special educational needs (SEN), and while many of the changes are welcome, there could be unforeseen, negative consequences for young people, schools and colleges. Anna Cole sets out what leaders need to know.

  • Penalties for non-compliance with National Minimum Wage (NMW)

    Advice March 2014

    The government has published the draft National Minimum Wage (Variation of Financial Penalty) Regulations 2014, which will increase the maximum financial penalty payable by employers who flout the NMW from £5,000 to £20,000.

  • 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.

  • Funding for four-plus A levels

    Advice July 2014

    A DfE announcement last week stated that from 2016 schools and colleges will receive funding above the basic rate for students taking four or more A levels or larger technical qualifications for students who study four A levels and large TechBacc programmes.

  • Powers of intervention

    Leader article September 2014

    Events towards the end of the last school year have made the basis and extent of powers of intervention in schools of greater interest, as Leora Cruddas explains.

  • Children’s needs first

    Leader article May 2014

    Richard Bird examines new government guidance on safeguarding and is reassured to find it emphasises professional judgement rather than box-ticking.

  • Academies – Calling to account

    Leader article October 2014

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

  • Headteacher standards

    Advice April 2014

    The DfE has announced a review of the 2004 National Standards for Headteachers. The aim of the review is to establish a set of standards that are unequivocal, clear, easy to understand and focus primarily on the key elements of high-quality school and system leadership.

  • Scheme for financing schools

    Advice March 2014

    The DfE published a revised guidance document on 26 February.

  • Emergency salbutamol Inhalers for children suffering from asthma

    Advice September 2014

    The Government published new guidance on 27 August after a consultation where the responses were overwhelmingly supportive of changing the law to allow schools to hold emergency salbutamol inhalers.

  • Supporting pupils with medical conditions

    Advice June 2014

    The DfE has published revised guidance on supporting pupils at school with medical conditions.

  • DfE advice on trade union facilities time

    Advice January 2014

    The DfE has published non-statutory advice on trade union facilities time. By law, trade union representatives are entitled to reasonable paid time off from their regular job to enable them to perform their union duties and to undertake relevant training.

  • Be true to your SEF

    Leader article May 2014

    As Ofsted announces a shake-up of the inspection framework, Tony Thornley looks at how approaches to school self-evaluation have evolved and explores what a genuinely useful SEF should contain.

  • Filling in the post 16 census

    Advice October 2014

    It is critical that schools pay close attention to the completion of this year’s census. This is particularly important in schools with sixth forms that have not had a similar process in previous years.

  • National Headteacher Standards

    Advice May 2014

    A National Headteacher Standards Review Group has been set up to define a revised set of standards for headteachers in England.

  • Trade union facility time

    Advice March 2014

    Following the production of facility time advice from the DfE, the teaching unions have produced an advice note for all employers. This advice note has now been circulated to all local authorities and academy chains. For more information, see a copy of the joint union advice for employers.

  • Take part in a new project on lesson observation and CPD

    July 2014

    There is an opportunity to participate in a nationwide schools project approved and funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).

  • Employer engagement

    Leader article December 2014

    Karleen Dowden offers five ways that schools and colleges can bring students together with employers to gain insights into the working world.

  • Overseas Teachers

    Advice March 2014

    The website for the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), that gives information about their employment, has changed.

  • Root causes

    Leader article October 2014

    Andrew Thraves looks at how attitudinal surveys can help senior leaders understand the causes of challenging behaviour and provide evidence of improvement when inspectors come calling.

  • Brighter Twilight

    Leader article October 2014

    ASCL’s learning after school programmes for would-be senior leaders are proving a popular alternative to the ‘sheep-dip model’ of Inset training days. Liz Lightfoot reports.

  • HM Treasury valuation of Teachers’ Pensions Scheme (TPS)

    Advice March 2014

    This information is an extract from a letter that ASCL has received from the DfE related to the valuation of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. The letter gives a clear indication of a proposed increase in employer contributions to the TPS.

  • New safeguarding guidance

    Advice April 2014

    On 3 April, the government published new safeguarding guidance: Keeping Children Safe in Education; Statutory Guidance for Schools and Further Education Colleges. The new guidance replaces Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education 2006.

  • What you ‘Need to Know’

    Advice January 2014

    DfE produces a package of communications for schools called ‘Need to Know’ with information to help plan and implement forthcoming changes.

  • Joined-up thinking

    Leader article October 2014

    A new £22m scheme aims to capitalise on the power of networking to encourage more young people into HE and raise the pro¬ le of university outreach programmes, as Clair Murphy explains.

  • Blurred lines

    Leader article July 2014

    Increasing numbers of business leaders are experiencing problems because it is unclear who is responsible for what in their schools, says Richard Bird.

  • Independent Family Returns Panel (IFRP)

    Advice February 2014

    The IFRP was introduced to monitor and improve the method of returning to their native country families who have exhausted their legal challenges to remain in the UK and refuse to leave by voluntary means. The panel provides independent advice to the Home Office which helps to ensure that individual