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  • August accounts return live webinar

    Advice November 2015

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

  • Worth the risk?

    Leader article September 2015

    Julia Harnden examines the value of spending precious leadership time and resources on risk management.

  • Teacher Quality, Standards and Appraisal

    Guidance paper December 2015

    This guidance paper is for headteachers, principals, senior leaders and governors/trustees in maintained schools in England.

  • 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.

  • Leadership of Strategic Improvement Planning and Self-evaluation

    Guidance paper November 2015

    This guidance is for senior leaders, governors and trustees responsible for strategic improvement planning and effective self-evaluation across individual schools and colleges, multi academy trusts (MATs) and federations. It is intended as a general guide, not a comprehensive list.

  • Use of the pupil premium

    Advice November 2015

    Members may find the NFER research report, Supporting the Attainment of Disadvantaged Pupils: Articulating Success and Good Practice, useful.

  • DfE Sponsor Capacity Fund

    Advice July 2015

    The sponsor capacity fund supports eligible academy trusts that need additional funding to take on schools. This includes academy trusts with an open free school or a free school in approved pre-opening.

  • 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”.

  • Leading and Governing Groups of Schools

    Guidance paper March 2015

    This guidance is for senior leaders, governors and trustees who are considering growing their stand-alone academy trust or establishing a multi-academy trust (MAT) or federation. It is intended to be a general guide, not a comprehensive list covering every consideration.

  • Guidance on the headteacher standards

    Advice January 2015

    The DfE has published a new set of headteacher standards for England, titled National Standards for Excellence for Headteachers. These are non-mandatory standards intended to be suitable for use across all types of schools and colleges.

  • Professional Standards for School Business Managers

    Advice November 2015

    NASBM has launched a new set of Professional Standards for School Business Managers. ASCL has been supporting the development of these standards as part of a wider stakeholder group.

  • Equalities and Diversity

    Advice September 2015

    ASCL has established an Equalities Network which aims to empower members to connect, coach and build mutually supportive programmes, thus providing all school and college leaders with opportunities to develop at every stage of their careers.

  • Leadership of Professional Development and Learning

    Guidance paper September 2015

    This guidance is for senior leaders with responsibility for continuous professional development and learning (CPDL) for teachers, whether in a standalone school or group of schools such as a federation, multi-academy trust or teaching school alliance.

  • Education Funding

    Policy paper June 2015

    The overall national education budget should be set such that all educational institutions can be funded at a level that enables them to provide an outstanding quality of education for their students.

  • Initial teacher education

    Advice June 2015

    Important update for all schools employing School Direct or running school-led ITE from NCTL on behalf of the DfE, ‘Initial teacher training (ITT) criteria: supporting advice’.

  • EFA funding guidance for 2015-16

    Advice March 2015

    Funding guidance for 2015-16 has now been published on the EFA website. A significant change is the qualifying period for a student to count for funding.

  • Mathematics Teaching for Mastery

    Guidance paper December 2015

    This paper is suitable for teaching staff involved in setting and teaching the mathematics curriculum in all schools including academies, and across all Key Stages.

  • 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.

  • Key Stage 4 and 5 destination measures data (2011–12 cohort)

    Advice January 2015

    The next set of Key Stage 4 and 5 destination measures data is being published today, six months earlier than previous cohorts, showing the destinations of the 2011-12 cohort in 2012-13.

  • 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.

  • STRB evidence

    Advice February 2015

    In response to the Secretary of State’s 25th Remit to the STRB asking them to consider the arrangements for the 2015 pay award, ASCL has submitted evidence calling for a fully funded pay award above the government’s proposed 1 per cent.

  • 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.

  • Reintroduction of primary academy chain development grant

    Advice December 2015

    The government has re-introduced grants designed to incentivise and support primary schools to form or join multi academy trusts (MATs).

  • Condition Improvement Fund

    Advice November 2015

    The Condition Improvement Fund application round for 2016/17 is now open to academies and sixth-form colleges.

  • End of Key Stage Assessments Letter to Schools from Department of Education (DE)

    Advice October 2015

    ASCL Northern Ireland has been made aware by our members of the letter sent out to schools on 18 September 2015 regarding the reporting of outcomes of Key Stage 3 Assessments.

  • Sex and Relationship Education in Schools (England)

    Advice December 2015

    The Government has issued an overview of the legislation and guidance currently in place regarding sex and relationship education (SRE) in schools, and also outlines related reviews and proposals in Parliament. The full report can be viewed here with the key points summarised as follows:

  • Supporting disadvantaged pupils

    Advice December 2015

    The DfE and NFER have published a briefing for school leaders on supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils together with a shorter note that identifies seven building blocks that are more successful in raising disadvantaged pupils’ attainment.

  • SecEd guide to Essential middle leadership skills

    Advice March 2015

    The broad range of skills required to be an effective middle leader in a school makes it one of the toughest jobs there is. We break down the key skills that you will need to lead your team successfully.

  • September 2015 pay awards

    Advice September 2015

    The DfE have now issued the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document 2015, and revised the non-statutory guidance ‘Implementing your School’s Approach to Pay’.

  • Young people’s mental health

    Advice December 2015

    In light of the growing concerns about mental health issues among young people, members may find two documents from DfE guidance helpful: Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools and Counselling in Schools.

  • Effective Procurement

    Guidance paper June 2015

    With the education sector spending in the region of £9 billion of public money on non-pay costs in 2013-14, it is it is essential that schools and colleges do all they can to ensure that procurement of goods and services offers value for money.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Managing and Reducing Workload

    Policy paper June 2015

    Additional workload is work teachers do for perceived and/or unnecessary compliance processes which takes them away from the complex process of teaching and learning. This is driven by an out-of-kilter accountability culture.

  • Central lines

    Leader article December 2015

    John Banbrook looks at the advantages of centralising services for schools in a multi-academy trust (MAT) and the issues for leaders to consider in terms of governance, staff and costs.

  • Pupil Premium for children adopted from care

    Advice December 2015

    In 2014, the Pupil Premium Plus was extended to children who had left care through adoption, special guardianship order or child arrangements/residence order in recognition of their continuing level of vulnerability and need.

  • 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.

  • BME leaders - How to be courageous

    Leader article May 2015

    Dorothy Lepkowska talks to those involved in a pioneering scheme encouraging more black and minority ethnic (BME) women to pursue leadership roles by focusing on character, resilience and self-knowledge.

  • Setting Pay for Business Leaders

    Guidance paper August 2015

    ASCL is committed to a system of national pay and conditions. This guidance paper is intended to bring more consistency and equality to the process of assessing the level of responsibilities to inform decisions about setting pay for business leaders and business managers.

  • Know your numbers

    Leader article July 2015

    Pay progression data can reveal hidden – possibly discriminatory – trends, so it is vital to study it carefully, says Sara Ford.

  • Comparison of overseas qualifications for teachers

    Advice May 2015

    The DfE has published updated guidance about overseas qualifications. The guidance supports initial teacher training (ITT) providers and applicants in making a judgement about the equivalent UK degree classification of an overseas qualification.

  • IRIS Connect Protocol

    Advice September 2015

    The NASUWT and ASCL have worked closely with IRIS Connect to develop a protocol premised on teachers choosing to use this system for self-reflection and professional development and to ensure it is used in the way it was intended.

  • Summary: Academies Financial Handbook 2015

    Advice September 2015

    Here is a summary of the key changes in the handbook that academies will need to be aware of:

  • 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.

  • Routes into Teaching Training

    Advice December 2015

    In response to requests from school leaders and potential teachers ASCL has produced a simple guide on the current routes into teaching.

  • 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.

  • Care to Learn – change in arrangements

    Advice September 2015

    If you have any students who are young parents at your school or college, you need to be aware of new funding arrangements that will enable them to continue in education and receive childcare support.

  • Taking the next step? Aspiring to headship

    Leader article April 2015

    Headship is potentially as rewarding as it is busy, so don’t let the scale of the job put you off.

  • Travel advice to France

    Advice November 2015

    The current state of emergency in France has meant that all school activities for French schoolchildren have been stopped until the weekend (Sunday 22 November 2015). The UK government has posted the following advice from the French Government on its website.

  • Marking policies

    Advice May 2015

    Members should be aware of NASUWT’s stance on marking, which was outlined at a meeting ASCL attended last week. As part of their action short of strike action, they are instructing their members not to comply with requirements that place undue workload burdens on teachers.

  • 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.

  • Summary of the Key Changes to the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document 2015 and 2014

    Guidance paper September 2015

    Pay progression linked to performance for all pay progression has been in place for all teaching staff since September 2013.

  • Efficiency drive

    Leader article February 2015

    Richard Newton Chance, ASCL Funding Specialist, summarises the changes looming in the new financial year.

  • 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.

  • Extremism and radicalisation

    Leader article May 2015

    David Wright explores the dangers to children’s wellbeing posed by political extremists on social media and outlines the steps schools can take to protect students from indoctrination online.

  • Updated Key Stage 4 transition matrices tool with 2014 national figures

    Advice January 2015

    We are grateful to ASCL member David Blow for his continuing work on the transition matrices tool to show progress using a school's data checking and RAISE file.

  • Leading Women to Headship – The Summit

    Advice December 2015

    Women headteachers are still under-represented in our schools, with the number of female heads falling short of the proportion of women in teaching.

  • New guidance on capital funding allocations

    Advice May 2015

    The DfE and EFA have published guidance giving details of school capital funding allocations for 2015 to 2018.

  • SecEd guide to stepping up to senior leadership

    Advice January 2015

    The step from middle to senior leadership can seem like a huge leap. So how do you know when you are ready to begin applying, and what should you do to achieve your promotion?

  • DfE Action Plan on Workload Challenge

    Advice November 2015

    As part of its action plan in response to the Workload Challenge the DfE has set up three new review groups.

  • Teacher Supply and Initial Teacher Education

    Policy paper June 2015

    Teaching is a profession. As such, it is rooted in a body of knowledge and is evidence-informed.

  • Over to us

    Leader article February 2015

    Government has handed schools control of the Pupil Premium with the overarching goal of helping to boost social mobility. John Dunford sets out a ten-point plan to help heads identify where to spend the money to gain maximum impact.