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  • New governance regulations

    Advice March 2016

    The government has published the new School Governance (Constitution and Federations) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016.

  • Statutory Duties Related to Safety, Safeguarding and Radicalisation

    Guidance paper October 2016

    This guidance is relevant to all school leaders and staff in all schools and colleges and outlines the statutory duties in relation to safety and safeguarding, equalities, British values and the curriculum.

  • Ofqual update - November 2016

    Advice November 2016

    Ofqual has announced it is planning to review the guided learning hours assigned to the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) qualification. Information about the teaching time assigned to this qualification has been gathered by Ofsted as part of its general inspection activity since September.

  • Primary Assessment and Accountability Changes: what do they mean for your school?

    Guidance paper May 2016

    This guidance is relevant to school and college leaders with responsibility for Key Stages 1 and 2. The way in which primary children are assessed, and primary schools are held to account for their progress and attainment, is changing at a sometimes bewildering pace.

  • Leadership Equality and Diversity Fund: for school-led programmes

    Advice September 2016

    The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is inviting lead schools, on behalf of groups or alliances of schools to apply for grant funding to design and deliver leadership programmes.

  • School cuts website

    Advice November 2016

    We have had a number of queries from members asking about the accuracy of the information on this website.

  • Do you have a great idea for bringing research alive in school?

    Advice June 2016

    Partnership Grants from The Royal Society of up to £3,000 are available to schools to enable students, aged 5 – 18, to carry out science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) projects.

  • Understanding and Interpreting the 2016 Key Stage 2 Results

    Guidance paper July 2016

    On 5 July 2016 the Department of Education (DfE) published a statistical first release with provisional headline results of this year’s Key Stage 2 assessments. This year’s assessments (commonly known as SATs) have changed significantly from previous years.

  • Cyberbullying: understand, prevent and respond guidance and toolkit launched

    Advice November 2016

    Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working to help make the internet a safe place for children, has launched Cyberbullying: Understand, Prevent and Respond Guidance for Schools.

  • Post-16 Inspection dashboard

    June 2016

    Schools’ and colleges’ 2015 16-19 final inspection dashboards were due to be released at 9am on Friday 24 June 2016. The dashboard is accompanied by a new 16-19 inspection dashboard “supplement”.

  • Educational Honours: Your Nominations Are Needed!

    Advice June 2016

    The Education Honours Committee for the UK is keen to increase the number of nominations for deserving people in education and needs your help in making nominations. The committee wants to ensure that people working and volunteering in education, are recognised for their outstanding efforts.

  • Social Networking, Social Media and Email: protecting your professional reputation

    Guidance paper September 2016

    This guidance paper is relevant to all staff in all schools and colleges. It offers information and guidance when considering the safeguarding of staff in their use of social networking sites (SNS), such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, both at school and personally.

  • 16 to 19 funding: maths and English condition of funding

    Advice June 2016

    The EFA and SFA have updated their funding guidance to reflect the fact that the 16-19 maths and English condition of funding has been extended from November 2016 to summer 2017 to cover the teaching of legacy GCSE specifications in those subjects. The same rules apply to IGCSEs and equivalent Level

  • Safeguarding – have your say

    Advice January 2016

    The NPCC (National Police Chiefs’ Council) would like to collect information on the nature and prevalence of child sexual exploitation (CSE) from all relevant agencies across England and Wales including schools.

  • Strategic Finance: design principles and financial reporting

    Guidance paper January 2016

    This paper is relevant to senior leaders, business managers, governors, staff and officials involved in strategic financial planning and reporting. It applies to local authority (LA) maintained schools, academies and MATs in England.

  • A silent epidemic

    Leader article March 2016

    Mental ill health is an issue affecting every classroom in every school, every day. The statistics are staggering...

  • UCAS applications

    Advice November 2016

    A reminder that for courses starting from September 2017, a new tariff will be in place. The new tariff provides a fair, and more transparent, process of allocating points across a wider range of qualifications.

  • KS3 curriculum: The diamond standard

    Leader article June 2016

    ASCL Specialist Suzanne O’Farrell offers top tips to help schools inject more challenge into the curriculum and ensure that the latest wave of reforms translates into higher standards.

  • Pensions and Tax Liability

    Guidance paper November 2016

    This guidance contains important information for all members in the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) or the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), regardless of age or proximity to retirement. This paper is for the personal use of ASCL members only.

  • Summer term timelines

    Advice April 2016

    Summer term timelines for schools and colleges published 13 April by the DfE.

  • The 'Know Before You Go' teachers' pack

    Advice October 2016

    The Foreign Office has introduced a new Know Before You Go (KBYG) resource, designed for teaching during tutor time as part of your PSHE/PSE/PCHE timetabling or to support the personal and social aspects of the courses listed in the curriculum links section of these notes.

  • Lesson Planning and Teacher Resources

    Guidance paper June 2016

    Purposeful, lean and effective lesson planning can have an enormous impact on student learning and help teachers to manage and reduce workload.

  • Extreme Dialogue

    Advice November 2016

    Launched in July 2016, the Extreme Dialogue project aims to reduce the appeal of extremism among young people and offer a positive alternative to the increasing amounts of extremist propaganda available online.

  • Responding to members’ concerns about exam results

    Advice August 2016

    We have changed the way in which we are collecting information from you regarding any issues or concerns that you may have with this summer’s exam results.

  • Funding for IGCSE Post-16

    Advice October 2016

    The DfE has confirmed that regulated IGCSEs count in the 16-18 performance tables’ English and maths progress measure.

  • Apprenticeship Levy

    Advice December 2016

    ASCL has taken every opportunity to lobby about the Apprenticeship Levy. We will continue to call on the government to make schools exempt. ASCL Funding Specialist Julia Harnden has had a series of meetings to discuss growing the number of appropriate apprenticeship programmes relevant to schools.

  • DfE Data checking exercise

    Advice June 2016

    The DfE has written to schools to notify them that the June data checking exercise is now open. Schools should take the opportunity to check the list of eligible pupils and their characteristics. Ensuring these are correct can make significant differences to performance tables and RAISE; this data e

  • Phonics: a guide to teaching reading in schools

    Guidance paper August 2016

    This information will assist school leaders to ask informed questions about how reading is taught in their schools.

  • New National Leader of Education application round

    Advice September 2016

    The new application round for National Leaders of Education is now open until 5pm on Friday 23 September.

  • National Leaders of Education and National Support School

    Advice May 2016

    The application round for National Leaders of Education and National Support School (NLE/NSS) designation will open on 16 May and close on 16 June.

  • Update on technical and vocational qualifications

    Advice January 2016

    The DfE has updated the list of technical and vocational qualifications for reporting in the 2018 performance tables.

  • Bridging the gap

    Leader article March 2016

    The Careers & Enterprise Company is bringing schools and businesses together to get young people work-ready before they embark on the job search, says its Chief Executive Officer Claudia Harris.

  • First Principles

    Leader article January 2016

    The profession needs to take back the initiative on assessment and recover the ground lost during the decades when it became a tool of accountability rather than an aid to learning, says Brian Lightman.

  • Exploring the relationship between pupil academic achievement and activities with employers

    Advice October 2016

    Following the recent Education Endowment Foundation literature review on the impact of careers-related education, Education and Employers Research is exploring how pupils respond to their participation in employer engagement activities and its impact on academic achievement.

  • Creating a Generation of Lifesavers Conference

    Advice January 2016

    26 February 2016, The Royal College of Physicians, London There is good evidence that the provision of resuscitation training in schools is associated with increased rates of bystander Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and improved survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

  • A common purpose

    Leader article January 2016

    The English and Welsh education systems may be diverging but both must be shaped by the values of their educators if improvement is to be sustained, say ASCL’s Leora Cruddas and Tim Pratt.

  • Destination measures

    Advice January 2016

    The DfE has published revised Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 destination measures, showing the destinations of the 2012/13 cohort in 2013/14 and including information on independent schools.

  • GCSE results - Ofqual analysis

    Advice September 2016

    Ofqual has published analysis of this year’s GCSE results.

  • Modern Slavery

    Advice November 2016

    Modern slavery includes victims of human trafficking, forced labour, servitude, criminal and sexual exploitation. It is a growing global problem affecting adults and children, with an estimated 29.8 million slaves around the world.

  • School nursing

    Advice September 2016

    The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has published a report, based on a survey, on Nursing in schools: how school nurses support pupils with long-term health conditions.

  • Summary of national funding formulae stage 2 consultation

    Advice December 2016

    The DfE published the second stage of consultation on its plans to introduce a new national funding formula for schools in England for the schools and high needs block of the NFF. The documents include illustrative budgets at local authority and school level.

  • The apprenticeship levy

    Advice December 2016

    The apprenticeship levy will be introduced on 6 April 2017. All employers with an annual pay bill of over £3 million will be required to pay the 0.5% levy via the PAYE process.

  • Register to buy tablet devices for your school

    Advice May 2016

    The DfE is facilitating procurement to allow schools to buy tablets using 'sector collective buying power'.

  • Growing gains

    Leader article March 2016

    The concept of the ‘growth mindset’ is helping school leaders to rethink how both staff and pupils approach learning in their schools.

  • Drive IQ

    Advice July 2016

    Many 17 or 18 year-olds will have passed their driving tests this term, ready for the freedom of the open road in their summer holidays.

  • Rochford Review final report

    Advice October 2016

    The final report of the Rochford Review of assessment for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests was published 19 October.

  • Ofqual recruiting subject experts

    Advice January 2016

    The opportunity to be involved with crucial pieces of work such as the current reform of GCSEs and A and AS levels and the continuing improvement of vocational qualifications is not one to be passed up, with this sort of work frequently seen by experts as excellent CPD.

  • Surviving trauma

    Leader article January 2016

    Kate Dolmor’s world was turned upside down when her husband became gravely ill. Support from the ASCL Benevolent Fund has helped Kate and her family deal with the practical and personal fall-out ever since.

  • Braced for change

    Leader article January 2016

    Working in a MAT or stand-alone school? Operational or strategic role? Val Andrew looks at what the future holds for school business leaders and school business managers.

  • Working overtime?

    Leader article March 2016

    Pension rule changes mean a later retirement for more teachers, so start planning for it now, warns Stephen Casey.

  • Insurance top-up funding for academies

    Advice December 2016

    Academies eligible to claim top-up funding for their insurance premium can now use the academies funding claim form on GOV.UK for academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17.

  • Business leadership: Show business matters

    Leader article June 2016

    The evolution of school business leaders is well documented but anomalies remain when it comes to pay, a situation that’s inequitable, uncertain and lacking consistency of approach, says Val Andrew.

  • Financial Health Checks

    Advice July 2016

    The DfE has released information about the Financial Health Checks structure that forms part of the programme of support and guidance being developed for the Financial Health and Efficiency webpage.

  • Storing chemicals

    Advice November 2016

    We have received calls to the ASCL hotline from members for advice about storing a chemical called 2,4-DNP (2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine). CLEAPSS, the schools science and technology advisory service has guidance on how 2,4-DNP should be stored.

  • DfE Statement of Intent

    Advice September 2016

    The DfE has published the statement of intent that outlines the full list of performance measures to be included in the primary, secondary and 16-18 performance tables for 2016, which will be published in the 2016/17 academic year.

  • Legal benefit for ASCL members

    Advice March 2016

    ASCL has an arrangement with Pattinson Brewer solicitors, who have offices in Bristol, London and York to provide a personal injury service to members.

  • DfE Teacher Workload Survey 2016

    Advice March 2016

    The DfE Teacher Workload survey is now underway. This survey will help track teacher workload so that further action can be taken where necessary.

  • Outstanding Governance Awards

    September 2016

    The national awards for outstanding governance are now open. These biennial awards celebrate the unique and inspiring contribution that school governors, trustees and clerks make every single day in schools around the country.

  • September 2016 pay awards

    Advice August 2016

    The DfE has now issued the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document 2016, and revised the non-statutory guidance ‘Implementing your School’s Approach to Pay’.

  • Primary assessments

    February 2016

    The DfE has announced that the deadline for primary schools to submit Key Stage 1 and 2 teacher assessments has been postponed to 30 June. Schools Minister Nick Gibb confirmed the change in response to concerns raised by the sector.

  • Ofqual update – January 2016

    Advice January 2016

    Ofqual has launched an online consultation about changing the review and appeal systems used by exam boards in England for addressing concerns about a candidate’s GCSE, AS or A level marks. We would urge members to respond to the consultation. The deadline for responses is 11 March.

  • National Teaching Service

    Advice February 2016

    The National Teaching Service (NTS) has been created to recruit high performing teachers and middle leaders directly into schools in challenging circumstances that are struggling to recruit and retain high-quality teachers.

  • Updated Key Stage 4 transition matrices tool with 2015 national figures

    Advice April 2016

    A powerful subject value-added (VA) grid can be calculated by combining DfE transition matrices (TMs) for subjects with the existing pupil-level data already produced for each school by DfE for the exam result data-checking exercise each October and updated in January.

  • Ofqual survey on perception of qualifications

    February 2016

    Ofqual is conducting its annual survey to gather information about perceptions of GCSEs, A levels, and other qualifications. The insight gained from this enables Ofqual to highlight areas where more could be done to increase public understanding and confidence.

  • Opening minds

    Leader article January 2016

    Simon Cohen, a keynote speaker at ASCL’s Annual Conference, talks to Julie Nightingale about giving away his business, laughing with the Dalai Lama and why children are our biggest source of wisdom.

  • New DfE guidance for academies

    Advice March 2016

    The DfE has produced new guidance and application forms for academies wishing to make significant changes to their school (such as expanding, merging with another academy or changing the school's age range or faith).

  • Do you have a back-up plan if your income stops?

    Advice September 2016

    Around one in eight (12%) men and women are forced to stop working before state pension age due to ill-health or disability, according to research recently published by the TUC.

  • Improvements to Progress 8 and Attainment 8 reporting

    Advice January 2016

    Three small but important changes have been made to the RAISEonline interactive reporting of Progress 8 and Attainment 8.

  • Schools Together – Independent State Schools Partnership

    January 2016

    A new website has been setup by the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and the DfE to celebrate and encourage partnership projects between independent schools, state schools and local communities.

  • Ofqual update

    Advice July 2016

    Ofqual has published a key guide for schools and colleges on what they can expect from exam boards and what exam boards expect from them.

  • Progress 8 scores available in data checking exercise

    Advice September 2016

    The DfE has made 2016 data available. Schools’ provisional Progress 8 and Attainment 8 scores are included. These provisional figures will be published nationally in October.

  • New guidance on PE and sport

    Advice December 2016

    ASCL in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust have been looking at how emerging and established multi-academy trusts (MATs) can take a strategic approach to PE and sport across their academies.

  • Summary of primary and Year 7 assessment and accountability announcements

    Advice October 2016

    Secretary of State Justine Greening made a number of important announcements on primary assessment and accountability on 19 October.

  • New guidance published by KIDS charity

    Advice May 2016

    KIDS – a charity that cares for over 8,000 disabled children, young people and their families, has published new guidance that has been funded by the DfE.

  • Asbestos in schools

    Advice February 2016

    In March 2015, the DfE concluded a review of its policy on the management of asbestos in schools. The outcomes from the review included the issuing of updated guidance, Managing Asbestos in Your School, and a call for a clearer picture of how asbestos is managed in schools across England.

  • Do you work with international leadership organisations?

    Advice June 2016

    ASCL is keen to build strong relationships with organisations focused on school leadership in other countries, or similar organisations with international remits.

  • Pay and conditions survey for school business leaders and school business managers

    Advice May 2016

    We have launched a pay survey to review the national situation and analyse any changes since our survey in 2014. Results from the survey will provide vital data to support our campaign for more consistency in the approach to making decisions on pay for school business leaders and business managers.

  • Updated DfE guidance: Children Missing Education

    Advice September 2016

    Following the consultation on children missing education, the DfE has revised the ‘Children Missing Education’ statutory guidance.

  • Marking and Feedback

    Guidance paper June 2016

    Marking is an excellent teaching strategy when used effectively, is purposeful and within clear parameters. A rigorous and refined approach to marking can support both pupils and teachers.

  • Updated guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education

    Advice July 2016

    Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment was updated on 26 May and it comes into force on 5 September 2016.

  • Supply teacher guidance and good practice - request for information

    Advice January 2016

    ASCL, NAHT and the DfE would like to develop joint guidance for schools on good practice in recruiting supply teachers and working with supply teacher agencies.

  • "Schools that work for everyone" - the government's consultation paper at a glance - Help and advice

    Advice September 2016

    Applicable to England only. The government's consultation proposes “a series of reforms to encourage high performing institutions – independent schools, higher education institutions, selective and faith schools – to help improve the quality of school places in the mainstream and state sector.

  • Naace Self-review Framework survey

    Advice February 2016

    The Self-review Framework produced by Naace, The Education Technology Association, is at the start of its next review cycle. Naace has prepared a short survey to check the framework meets the needs of school leaders and has requested responses by end February 2016.

  • Know your Rights

    Leader article January 2016

    Academies have changed the landscape on employment and too often staff find themselves with fewer entitlements than expected, so study your contract before you sign, says Sara Ford.

  • Opportunity for Global Learning Programme

    Advice October 2016

    If your school participates in various global learning initiatives, this is your last chance for your school to apply for over £3,375 of funding, training and support provided by the Global Learning Programme (GLP)

  • New self-assessment and improvement tool launched for emotional wellbeing and mental health in schools

    Advice October 2016

    National Children’s Bureau and the Partnership for Well Being and Mental Health in Schools launch a new Self-assessment and Improvement Tool for Emotional Well-being and Mental Health in schools.

  • New guidance on primary accountability

    February 2016

    In January 2016 the DfE published a technical guide to some of the key changes to the primary school accountability system

  • Ofsted inspections

    Advice November 2016

    ASCL Inspections and Accountability Specialist Stephen Rollett responds to questions raised by ASCL members regarding Ofsted inspections

  • Interactive post-16 school census tool

    Advice September 2016

    To support the return of accurate post-16 school census data, the EFA has published a helpful and easy-to-use interactive tool. Some institutions risk not getting the funding they should because of inaccurate data returns.

  • NUT industrial action 5 July 2016

    Advice June 2016

    The NUT is taking industrial action in the form of a national strike on 5 July as part of the ongoing dispute over workload and funding.

  • Guidance on school uniform

    Advice September 2016

    The DfE published non-statutory guidance in September 2013 relating to best practice on developing school uniform policy.

  • The Big Staff Meeting – take half an hour and have your say!

    Advice January 2016

    Teachers from all phases and stages are being asked to put aside half an hour to take part in The Big Staff Meeting.

  • Urgent update for ASCL members in ATT academies

    Advice May 2016

    The Academies Transformation Trust (ATT) has proposed cuts to a substantial proportion of the finance, estates, and HR jobs and resources in its schools. ASCL is extremely concerned that under their proposal, a number of ATT staff face losing their jobs or being downgraded to lower paid roles.

  • Win £10,000 with the London Teachers Innovation Fund

    Advice April 2016

    The London Teachers Innovation Fund is open to any London teachers to apply for up to £10,000. Teachers will work with subject experts from universities, businesses, and subject associations to create teaching strategies and resources to raise the attainment and accelerate the progress of their stud

  • Exam Results Helpline

    Advice August 2016

    The DfE will be opening its Exam Results Helpline on Thursday 18 August.

  • Storm Warning

    Leader article January 2016

    Julia Harnden looks at what the outcome of the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review means for education and how schools can navigate the choppy waters ahead.

  • New Financial Health and Efficiency webpage

    Advice January 2016

    The DfE has recently launched a new Financial Health and Efficiency webpage for schools. ASCL is pleased to be involved in developing some of the tools in the Financial Health and Efficiency Programme.

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