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  • Lesson plans to promote learner voice and encourage democratic engagement

    Advice November 2015

    The Cabinet Office has produced a collection of free online resources to encourage democratic participation and develop political literacy.

  • August accounts return live webinar

    Advice November 2015

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

  • School teachers’ pay 2015-16

    Advice July 2015

    The Secretary of State Nicky Morgan has formally accepted the STRB’s latest recommendations.

  • 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.

  • 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”.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • GCSE reform: regulations for English language

    Advice June 2015

    Ofqual has announced how the new GCSE English spoken language assessments will be conducted, assessed and graded.

  • Inspections update

    Advice January 2015

    Ofsted has published Issue 1 of the School Inspection Update, which is guidance for inspectors and details key areas of focus such as IAG, SMSC, governance, outcomes for groups, and disqualification by association, warning notices and the 2014 performance measures.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • EBacc for all

    Advice June 2015

    The government announced that pupils starting secondary school in Year 7 this September must study the key English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects of English, maths, science, history or geography, and a foreign language at GCSE.

  • ‘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.

  • Update on changes to primary and Year 7

    Advice December 2015

    A recent update from the DfE has confirmed the following in terms of proposed changes to the primary and Year 7 assessment and accountability system.

  • New Ofsted guidance

    Advice December 2015

    Ofsted has published new guidance which outlines the timing of inspection for schools that change their status. It sets out how Ofsted will select new schools for inspection starting from the 2015/16 academic year.

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Update on sixth form accountability

    Advice January 2015

    The DfE is introducing post-16 retention measures for 2013/14 and 2014/15 data. In addition, a new package of accountability measures for 16-19 providers will be published in 2017 (based on 2015/16 data).

  • Changes to rules regarding new GCSEs and early entry

    Advice June 2015

    The DfE also announced that only new reformed GCSEs will be included in performance measures as the new GCSEs come on stream. Legacy qualifications will not count.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Changes to threshold measures

    Advice June 2015

    The government also announced that, as the new GCSEs come on stream, the threshold for a ‘good pass’ will be grade 5.

  • Changes to point scores for Progress 8 and Attainment 8 in 2017

    Advice April 2015

    Progress 8 and Attainment 8 will be introduced as new headline measures in 2016, or 2015 for those schools which choose to opt in early.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Performance tables, discounting rules and implications for current Year 10 and 11 students

    Advice February 2015

    We have received a number of queries from schools where students will take English language, literature or maths in summer 2016, when they are in Year 10 (or even Year 9).

  • National Reference Tests

    Advice June 2015

    Ofqual has released more information regarding National Reference Tests that will take place for the first time in 2017 and that will be used in grade awarding from 2018.

  • Letter from Claudia Harris of the Careers and Enterprise Company

    Advice July 2015

    Claudia Harris, Chief Executive, The Careers & Enterprise Company, writes to ASCL members to share early plans and seek input and collaboration.

  • 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.

  • Report on Commission on Assessment without Levels – September 2015

    Advice September 2015

    The government’s report of the Commission on Assessment without Levels, set up to provide schools with guidance and support on designing their own assessment polices and approaches after the abolition of National Curriculum levels.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mathematics: overcoming the barriers to learning

    Advice November 2015

    Council member Julia Upton has looked at the barriers to learning mathematics and the implications of these barriers for senior leaders.

  • Q&As regarding English and maths GCSEs for Year 11 students September 2015

    Advice September 2015

    ASCL Curriculum and Assessment Specialist Suzanne O’Farrell has put together the following questions and answers about English and maths exams for current Year 11 students that members may find useful.

  • Background briefing on Regional Schools Commissioners

    Advice October 2015

    The House of Commons has published a briefing note together with a report which provides information on the role of Regional Schools Commissioners and that outlines some of the issues that have been raised since their creation. See the briefing and report online here.

  • 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:

  • 2015 summer exams

    Advice November 2015

    Following issues surrounding the quality of marking with the 2015 summer exams, ASCL has been continuing discussions with exam boards as well as seeking reassurance that similar issues will not recur in 2016.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New Governors Handbook

    Advice December 2015

    This new edition has been re-named The Governance Handbook to make clear it applies to all those involved in school governance.

  • 'First entry' definition changed for BTEC Firsts

    Advice November 2015

    The DfE has changed the definition of what will count as 'first entry' for BTEC First qualifications.

  • The Foundation Code: values and behaviours needed to deliver high quality CEIAG

    Advice March 2015

    The Foundation Code has been developed, and is fully supported by ASCL, AoC, 157 Group, ATL, AELP, PPC and SFCA who represent schools, colleges and independent learning providers across England.

  • 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.

  • Summary of the new Inspection Framework for September 2015

    Advice September 2015

    ASCL Inspections Specialist Suzanne O’Farrell has compiled a summary of the main changes to the Inspection Framework.

  • 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.

  • Parent View

    Advice November 2015

    ASCL has been working closely with Ofsted to ensure that Parent View is as helpful as possible for members.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Implementing A level Reforms

    Advice March 2015

    Guidance for A level reforms

  • Implications of being self-employed or setting up a limited company

    Advice October 2015

    Are you working as a self-employed consultant, a sole trader, a business partnership or as your own limited company?

  • IGCSE English

    Advice August 2015

    A number of ASCL members have contacted us regarding disappointing CIE IGCSE English results. We have been in discussion with the board and established the following points which may go some way to explain current issues particularly around grading.

  • Exam results 2015

    Advice August 2015

    Although there are no major changes to the examinations or awarding processes this year, we are anxious to ensure that any issues that do emerge are quickly brought to the attention of the DfE, Ofqual and the examination boards.

  • RAISEonline data on disadvantaged pupils

    Advice October 2015

    As a result of pressure from ASCL, the DfE has published Key Stage 4 transition matrices for disadvantaged pupils for 2011- 2014 within RAISEonline. Data for 2015 will be published in early February.

  • 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.