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  • LGPS update

    Advice January 2014

    The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) 2014 project has been working to agree the major design elements and governance mechanisms for the scheme for implementation in April 2014.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Summary of the key changes to the STPCD 2014

    Guidance paper August 2014

    ASCL Pay and Conditions Specialist Sara Ford has produced a summary of the main changes to the STPCD since 2014

  • Discretionary Reference Pay Points

    Advice September 2014

    In line with the recommendations in the STRB’s 24th Report, the STPCD 14 has had a 1% uplift applied to the statutory minima and maxima of all pay ranges. However the document only includes discretionary reference points for the main pay range and leadership group pay range.

  • Pensions unpicked

    Leader article February 2014

    Even if your planned retirement date is some way off it is worth being prepared. There may be unexpected circumstances that bring the date forward or possibilities within your pension scheme that you hadn’t thought about. There are a number of aspects to consider.

  • Unqualified instructors

    Advice March 2014

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Guide to effective middle leadership

    Advice October 2014

    Effective leadership is a crucial factor in the success of a school. But how do you become a good middle leader, and what qualities and traits does the role require?

  • 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.

  • Feeling taxed?

    Advice April 2014

    Personal taxation is becoming increasingly complex, with many more people being obliged to move to self-assessment tax returns that can prove complex and are prone to errors.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Increase to employer pension contributions

    Advice March 2014

    ASCL received a letter from the DfE last week that outlines a proposed increase of 2.3 per cent in employer contributions to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, taking the contribution to 16.4 per cent.

  • Do the right thing

    Leader article March 2014

    Four recommendations in the recent report on whistleblowing by charity Public Concern at Work are particularly significant for schools and colleges, says Richard Bird.

  • School Business Management Pay and Conditions Survey 2014

    Advice July 2014

    ASCL has been campaigning for more equality in the remuneration of its business management practitioner members for several years. Earlier this term the association launched a survey to establish the impact that changes on the education landscape.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Revised School Business Management Competency Framework

    Advice March 2014

    This unique resource has now been updated and revised.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Help in testing times

    Leader article February 2014

    In the event of illness or worse, what pension benefits can you or your family draw on? David Binnie explains.

  • 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.