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  • The Prevent Duty: safeguarding children and young people against radicalisation and extremism

    Advice October 2015

    On 1 July 2015 the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 introduced the Prevent Duty on schools and colleges, as well as specified authorities such as local authorities, health and the police, “to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

  • The taxman cometh

    Leader article September 2015

    Changes to the Lifetime Allowances limit are likely to mean more of us paying tax on our pensions, says Stephen Casey.

  • 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.

  • Unlocking potential

    Leader article September 2015

    Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan sets out her priorities for the next five years and says she is committed to working with ASCL members to achieve them.

  • Deregulation Act 2015

    Advice September 2015

    The Deregulation Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015. The DfE has provided details on the commencement of provisions set out within Schedule 16 (Schools: Reduction of Burdens), that will come into effect on 1 January 2016 together with those provisions that now will not be commenced.

  • Mapping the future

    Leader article February 2015

    ASCL is expanding its presence in the English regions to help meet the changing needs of leaders. Brian Lightman explains the thinking behind the move.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Influential focus

    Leader article December 2015

    Six months after the General Election, we have a much clearer understanding of how the political land lies. Whatever the challenges may be, there are numerous opportunities for us to influence policy makers both in government and in opposition, says Brian Lightman.

  • ‘Coasting’ schools

    Advice June 2015

    ASCL Deputy General Secretary Malcolm Trobe is giving evidence today to the parliamentary committee scrutinising the new Education and Adoption Bill. The Bill strengthens the Education Secretary’s powers to compel schools rated as ‘inadequate’ to become academies.

  • Sea-change for ‘coasting’ schools

    Leader article September 2015

    The Education and Adoption Bill 2015-16 would give the Secretary of State (SoS) greater powers to act when schools are deemed to be ‘coasting’ and to create academies. Katie Michelon of Browne Jacobson LLP explains the changes.

  • New duty to report incidents of female genital mutilation (FGM)

    Advice October 2015

    The Serious Crime Act 2015 introduced a new duty on teachers, social workers and healthcare professionals to report to the police known cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) involving victims aged under 18.

  • Finding our pride

    Leader article July 2015

    While many schools and colleges now actively address homophobia for students and staff, leaders who are members of LGBT communities still face a dilemma in ‘coming out’. Carol Jones highlights the challenges and looks at what ASCL is doing to meet leaders’ needs.

  • Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 - statutory guidance for schools

    Advice March 2015

    New guidance on disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 and disqualification by association has now been published by the DfE. This replaces the guidance published in October 2014.

  • Briefing on the Education and Adoption Bill

    Advice June 2015

    As indicated in the Conservative election manifesto, the government intends to strengthen the Secretary of State’s powers of intervention through the new Education and Adoption Bill. The main points related are as follows.

  • Preventative measures

    Leader article December 2015

    The new Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a significant responsibility on schools and colleges and leaders need to ensure they have plans in place to help carry out their duty, says Anna Cole.

  • 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.

  • Joined-up thinking

    Leader article July 2015

    Peter Kent unveils plans for a new foundation, backed by teachers and governors, to nurture leadership development and says if the government is serious about letting the profession lead the system, it should fund the idea.

  • Room for manoeuvre…

    Leader article July 2015

    Many voices in the education world have called for a ‘period of stability’ now that a new government is in place. But that does not mean a let-up in meeting the significant challenges facing us, says Brian Lightman.

  • Delivering a clear message

    Leader article April 2015

    The incoming government has a golden opportunity to work with the profession to create a world-class education system, says Brian Lightman. But it will need to focus on a few key priorities.

  • GCSE and A level subject reforms 2016 - 2017

    Advice April 2015

    ASCL has received a lot of queries recently about which subjects are going to be reformed for first teaching in 2017 and which are not. Here are documents detailing the specifics of the changes, which we hope prove helpful.

  • Changing landscape

    Leader article April 2015

    The rise of cross-phase, multi-academy trusts (MATs) and the spread of system leadership beyond individual heads are trends rapidly reshaping our educational landscape.

  • Time for a new discourse - trusting school leaders

    Leader article May 2015

    Tired rhetoric about failing schools on one side and government interference on the other must end, Brian Lightman told this year’s ASCL Annual Conference. It’s time for a new discourse, one based on trusting school leaders.

  • Queen’s Speech outlines the Government’s plans for a new Bill on Education

    Advice May 2015

    Today’s Queen’s Speech outlined the Government’s plans for a new Bill on Education.