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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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'.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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’.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ofsted inspections

    Advice November 2016

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • National Citizen Service - summer employment opportunities in Swindon

    Advice May 2016

    National Citizen Service (NCS) is the government’s skills development and citizenship programme for Year 11 and 12 students. Learn By Design delivers this programme in Swindon, among other areas of England, during July and August.

  • The challenges of being a headteacher

    Advice September 2016

    National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and the Future Leaders Trust are undertaking new research on the challenges of being a headteacher.

  • Inspiring Governance

    Advice November 2016

    Inspiring Governance connects schools and colleges with skilled volunteers interested in serving as governors and trustees and provides support, advice and guidance to ensure that volunteers newly appointed to boards are able to govern effectively right from the outset.

  • Pension statements now available online

    Advice September 2016

    f you are a member of the Teachers’ Pensions Scheme, your benefit statement is now available online.

  • EFA Information Exchange

    Advice July 2016

    EFA Information Exchange is a secure, online system which provides a single place for academies, 16-19 providers, high-needs providers and local authorities to do business with the Education Funding Agency (EFA) in a more effective and efficient way.

  • Young Carers in Schools

    Advice February 2016

    Young Carers in Schools is a free initiative to help primary and secondary schools to increase identification, improve outcomes and gain recognition for good practice through the Young Carers in Schools Award.

  • Ofqual consultation on setting grade standards

    Advice April 2016

    Ofqual is consulting on its approach for setting grade standards in all subjects from 2018, and on a modification to its previous decisions for English language, English literature and mathematics about how grades 8 and 9 are set.

  • Academies - submission arrangements for 2015-16 audited accounts

    Advice December 2016

    All academy trusts that have a signed funding agreement during the accounting period to 31 August 2016 must submit audited accounts (annual report, financial statements and auditor’s management letter) for the period ending 31 August 2016 to the EFA.

  • Written statement on Public Service Pension Indexation and Revaluation 2016

    Advice February 2016

    On 2 February 2016 the Chief Secretary to the Treasury published a written statement on Public Service Index and Revaluation 2016. This announcement affects anyone with a public service pension scheme and advises the calculations used during the annual revaluation of public service pensions.

  • New mentoring campaign

    Advice January 2016

    Earlier this month, the Prime Minister David Cameron announced a new campaign to encourage business people and professionals in the private, public and charitable sectors to become mentors for young people.

  • Have your say on school governance

    Advice May 2016

    The NGA has once again joined forces with TES to survey the nation's governors, trustees and headteachers, with over 5,800 taking part in 2015.

  • Looking for governors (or volunteers) for your school or college?

    Advice January 2016

    Inspiring Governors is a new service that allows you to find people for free who are interested in serving as a governor. Many of the volunteers are highly skilled professionals in areas such as in finance, law, HR and marketing.

  • STRB: Supplementary Evidence 26th Report Remit

    Advice January 2016

    The STRB has received submissions and evidence from teaching organisations on the various matters within its remit from the Secretary of State.

  • Free mental health resources

    Advice December 2016

    Time to Change is a growing movement changing the way we all think and act about mental health problems, with an emphasis on breaking down stigma.

  • Academies Financial Handbook

    Advice July 2016

    The 2016 edition of the Academies Financial Handbook has been published on the DfE website.

  • What the White Paper means for you and your school

    Advice March 2016

    On 17 March 2016 we issued a special newsletter on the government's Budget announcements and following publication of their White Paper: Educational excellence everywhere.

  • Workload challenge: funding for schools

    Advice October 2016

    The National College for Teaching and Leadership has published details of grant funding for which groups of schools can apply to research ways to reduce workload related to marking, planning, resources and data management.

  • Join the conversation about school inspection

    Advice November 2016

    Ofsted’s National Director, Education Sean Harford has a highly active Twitter account, with much of the conversation centred on Sean’s continuing quest to dispel old myths about Ofsted inspections.

  • Annual Allowance Tax Year 2015-16

    Advice September 2016

    The Teachers’ Pensions Agency will soon be sending out letters to members who have breached the Annual Allowance for the tax year 2015-16.

  • Efficiency Metric and Benchmark Report Cards

    Advice February 2016

    The DfE has recently launched a new Financial Health and Efficiency webpage for schools. ASCL has been pleased to be involved in developing some of the tools in the programme, however, we made it clear that we did not support the Efficiency Metric and Benchmark Reporting card in their current form.

  • System leadership study

    Advice July 2016

    The '7 System Leadership Study' is an international, comparative research project focusing upon leadership development and leadership practice.

  • Guidance on female genital mutilation

    Advice April 2016

    The government has published, under powers in the Serious Crime Act 2015, multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) and a consultation response.

  • Join our research project on improving financial efficiency

    Advice October 2016

    ASCL is working in partnership with income generation specialists Pebble and Teesside University on a joint research project. The project will inform the development of a prototype ‘platform’ to support the sector in achieving better financial efficiency. It will investigate ways of facilitating and

  • Are you retiring this August?

    Advice March 2016

    Are you looking to draw on your pension benefits between 6 April and 31 August 2016? If so, you might need to apply for protection.

  • Education and Islam

    Advice August 2016

    Videos and information on education and Islam following Sir Michael Barber's plenary session at the Inspiring Leadership Conference 2016.

  • Free meals guidance for 16 to 18 year-old students

    Advice April 2016

    The EFA has published guidance for schools and colleges on providing free meals to disadvantaged 16 to 18 year-old students in further education (FE) funded institutions.

  • New Ofsted myth busting information

    Advice January 2016

    Ofsted has updated its website to include the latest myth busting information on inspections.

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