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  • Good practice on competition among institutions

    Guidance paper March 2014

    This paper is a response to the current changing vista of education, following the Academies Act 2010 and the influx of free schools; academy chains; as well as various groups of institutions appearing in the market place, and how they function within that market place.

  • Unqualified instructors

    Advice March 2014

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

  • Premium: Make it pay

    Leader article March 2014

    The Pupil Premium gives us a huge opportunity to change for the better the lives of poor and disadvantaged young people, says John Dunford. We need to exploit it to the full.

  • Raising our voices

    Leader article May 2014

    Dialogue with the profession has been sidelined by this government, says Brian Lightman, with damaging results. It needs to be restored, whichever party is in power, if the vision of a great education service that we all share is to be realised.

  • More than bins and bells

    Leader article July 2014

    Invited to participate in the Great Education Debate (GED), Peter Kent’s students had some frank views on the flaws in the education system – and, in particular, why young people need more than good academic grades to equip them for adult life.

  • Regional School Commissioners

    Advice April 2014

    The DfE has announced the names of six of the recently appointed Regional School Commissioners.

  • Evaluation framework on safety, safeguarding and radicalisation

    Guidance paper December 2014

    This exploratory evaluation framework does not provide a complete or comprehensive framework that will ensure compliance with all general and specific duties set out in each of the legislative frameworks referred to in the guidance.

  • The Verdict

    Leader article October 2014

    After more than a year of passionate discussion, the Great Education Debate (GED) has concluded. Here, we record the key findings and explain the next steps for ASCL and the profession.

  • Careers engagement: a good practice brief for leaders of schools and colleges

    Advice April 2014

    Careers engagement: a good practice brief for leaders of schools and colleges is published in partnership between NFER, ASCL, ATL and the 157 Group of colleges who have come together to support schools and colleges to help young people to take charge of their careers and futures.

  • Regional schools commissioners and headteacher boards

    Advice May 2014

    The DfE recently announced the appointment of the eight regional schools commissioners (RSCs), who will take on key decisions regarding academies and free schools in their regions on behalf of the Secretary of State.

  • Capital ideas

    Leader article July 2014

    With the general election less than a year away, now is the time to start tackling MPs about their party’s policy on education. Leora Cruddas sets out the questions politicians need to address if they are serious about securing long-term, sustainable improvement for our schools and colleges.

  • Free meals in FE from September 2014

    Advice March 2014

    The guidance for institutions is in draft form and should be issued shortly. It is likely that the guidance will require institutions to use the funding for meals for eligible students only.

  • Pensions – Countdown to change

    Leader article October 2014

    With six months to go before the implementation of the reformed Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS), David Binnie highlights the main issues behind the modifications.

  • Promoting social mobility

    Advice December 2014

    There is broad consensus that social mobility is a major issue for the UK, in terms of ensuring long-term economic prosperity and creating a more just and equal society.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.