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  • Christmas decorations: safety advice

    Advice November 2017

    With the approach of the festive season, the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) has issued a reminder about putting up Christmas decorations safely in schools.

  • STRB's 27th report and draft STPCD 2017 consultation

    Advice July 2017

    The School Teachers’ Review Body 27th Report: 2017 was published 10 July 2017 and contains the recommendations on how to apply the pay award for teachers, due to be implemented from September. The DfE has also published a draft revised copy of the STPCD.

  • Ofqual consultation on changes to GCSE drama

    Advice February 2017

    The DfE has recently made changes to the subject content, which introduces an explicit requirement for GCSE, AS and A level drama specifications to: “require students to experience live performance, where they are a member of the audience in the same performance space as the performers.

  • Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund

    Advice February 2017

    The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund is a three-year investment worth £75 million, which will provide funding for professional development programmes for teachers and school leaders.

  • Download the new FFT/ASCL 2017 KS4 school dashboard

    Advice November 2017

    Schools subscribing to FFT now have access to a full national analysis of their 2017 KS4 results. This year's reports include Attainment 8, Progress 8 and the new DfE 9-1 point score measures, together with results re-calculated from previous years.

  • 2017-18 Post-16 Funding Allocation

    Advice February 2017

    Colleges wanting to use the allocation calculation toolkit (ACT) to calculate their provisional funding should now be able to do this by logging into EFA Information Exchange.

  • National Audit Office (NAO) Study: Converting Schools to Academies

    Advice April 2017

    ASCL has been asked to submit views on the DfE’s arrangements for the conversion of schools to academies. NAO studies are very important and we would like as much up-to-date information from members on this as possible. We need to respond to the NAO by Fri 28 April.

  • ACT for Youth: RUN HIDE TELL

    Advice November 2017

    Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) has collaborated with the PSHE Association to take terrorism safety advice into the UK’s classrooms for the first time.

  • Ofqual consultation on GCSE computer science

    Advice November 2017

    Ofqual has announced a change to the way GCSE computer science will be assessed for this year’s Year 11 students and has launched a consultation.

  • Workload reduction toolkit

    Advice November 2017

    The DfE is developing a workload reduction toolkit to provide practical support to help governors, leaders, teachers and training providers remove unnecessary workload throughout their institutions.

  • Oxford University launches free digital outreach portal

    Advice December 2017

    Oxford University has launched an innovative new digital outreach portal aimed at engaging students aged 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom.

  • Joint Union Guidance: Fire Safety in Schools Post-Grenfell Fire

    Advice October 2017

    Following advice provided by the DfE in July 2017 and shared with members, ASCL, NEU and NAHT have published joint guidance to assist school leaders in understanding the risks to schools and how best to review fire risk assessments to ensure children and staff are kept safe.

  • 16-19 Study Programmes Annual Review

    Advice March 2017

    The EFA has published its second annual review of 16 to 19 study programmes using the most recently available data which is for 2014/15.

  • Removal from sixth form - legal clarification

    Advice September 2017

    Following reports in the media, ASCL’s legal partner Browne Jacobson provides clarification for members.

  • Clerking Competency Framework

    Advice April 2017

    The government has published a Clerking Competency Framework, which sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to provide professional clerking to school and academy governing boards.

  • Information: barred check list for new members of academy trusts

    Advice July 2017

    The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has extended the use of Employer Access Online, which is accessed via Secure Access.

  • Apprenticeships in schools

    Advice January 2017

    The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has produced a briefing paper on apprenticeships for schools as an employer.

  • PE and Sports Premium

    Advice September 2017

    The DfE has confirmed that the PE and Sports Premium grant will be increased in 2017/18. Allocations will be double those received in 2016/17.

  • Sharing information with third parties

    Advice June 2017

    We have been made aware that some schools are receiving freedom of information (FOI) requests from suspicious email addresses. If you receive a request asking for information about your school or college, please do not share any information without investigating who you are sending it to first.

  • Managing cases of infectious diseases in schools

    Advice September 2017

    Public Health England has published a practical guide on managing cases of infectious diseases in schools and other childcare settings.

  • School census

    Advice January 2017

    The Spring Census date for 2016/17 was 19 January 2017. The census data is used to allocate core funding for both pre-16 and post-16 pupils, so accuracy is crucial.

  • Consultation on the implementation of T level programmes

    Advice December 2017

    The DfE outlined its commitment to co-creating the next phase of T level implementation in the T level Action Plan and has announced the launch of its public consultation on the implementation of T level programmes.

  • Academy revenue funding allocations 2017/18

    Advice March 2017

    These allocations should now be visible via EFA Information Exchange. Allocations are for academies that opened on or before 1 January 2017.

  • Fire safety information from the DfE

    Advice July 2017

    Following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, building owners across the public sector estate are being contacted to ensure any risks are managed and dealt with appropriately and promptly. As part of this, the DfE is contacting all bodies responsible for safety in schools, FE Colleges and independent tr

  • Ofqual workshops

    Advice June 2017

    Ofqual is inviting teachers from across the country to workshops to offer their perspectives on the assessment of this summer’s reformed GCSEs, AS and A levels.

  • Boost language attainment with a Modern Language Assistant

    Advice February 2017

    Modern Language Assistants (MLAs) bring authentic language and culture to the classroom. In a recent survey of host schools, heads of modern languages reported improved exam results, raising standards in under-performing students and motivating talented students to achieve more.

  • Discretionary Pay Reference Points Guidance

    Advice August 2017

    The Government published the recommendations of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) on teachers’ pay for 2017-18 on 10 July and indicated its intention, following formal consultation, to implement them with effect from 1 September 2017.

  • ASCL Funding Campaign: What Would You Cut?

    Advice March 2017

    Education funding is at breaking point because of rising costs and flat cash. After the successful launch of our #WhatWouldYouCut campaign on Twitter, on Sunday 5 March we need your help to continue the momentum.

  • Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF)

    Advice November 2017

    £100 million of revenue generated from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy will be used for the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF). This fund is intended to improve children’s and young people’s physical and mental health by enhancing access to facilities such as dining facilities and sports facilities.

  • RISE information centre

    Advice February 2017

    RISE (Research and Information on State Education) is a small charity that aims to disseminate information on state education. The RISE information centre provides links to many sources, including parliamentary answers and statistical first releases.

  • Changes to the review of marking, moderation and appeals systems

    Advice February 2017

    Ofqual has announced further changes to the review of marking, moderation and appeals systems.

  • Government response to primary assessment consultation

    Advice September 2017

    Last week, the government released its response to the consultation on primary assessment. ASCL has produced a detailed summary for members.

  • Period Poverty Project

    Advice July 2017

    As you may be aware, the issue of period poverty has been brought to light recently following an article that was published in The Guardian which highlighted that some disadvantaged female pupils were unable to afford sanitary products and as a result were absent from school during their period.

  • Are you interested in delivering the new National Professional Qualifications?

    Advice January 2017

    The DfE and National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is hosting a series of information events for schools and other organisations interested in applying for accreditation to deliver one or more of the new National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).

  • European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)

    Advice April 2017

    The Technical Award list has been updated for 2018 and the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) has been withdrawn, which means it will no longer count in performance tables from summer 2018.

  • Returners Engagement Programme

    Advice January 2017

    NCTL is also inviting school partnerships to become a Returners Engagement Programme pilot school. The programme is available to former teachers wishing to return to mathematics, physics, or a modern foreign language in the North West and South East.

  • Updated 2016/17 pupil number adjustment (PNA)

    Advice March 2017

    Academies that are funded on estimated pupil numbers can access updated information about the annual PNA exercise.

  • STEM insight

    Advice March 2017

    The National STEM Learning Network offers a unique STEM Insight programme for staff in schools and colleges to experience STEM-related work in industrial or university settings. Candidates take part in a placement, supported by face-to-face and online CPD.

  • Key Stage 2 SATs marking: Standards and Testing Agency response

    Advice July 2017

    A number of members have raised concerns about the marking of the Key Stage 2 spelling, punctuation and grammar papers, particularly Paper 1 Question 2, which asked children to insert a semi-colon in the correct place in a sentence.

  • New DfE guidance on buying

    Advice January 2017

    The DfE has published an outline of initiatives to help all schools improve how they buy goods and services. It has also published guidance for schools and academy trusts reviewing staff workforce structures.

  • Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants

    Advice January 2017

    Evidence from the Education Endowment Foundation has shown that when Teaching Assistants are trained to deliver structured one-on-one or small-group interventions, they typically add 3-4 additional months of educational progress for struggling pupils, compared with more standard ways of using TAs.

  • Reforms to data protection under the General Data Protection Regulation come into force May 2018

    Advice January 2017

    From 25 May 2018 the Data Protection Act will be replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation. The Information Commissioner’s Office suggest a number of ways in which organisations such as schools and colleges can prepare for these changes now, and has published a 12-step checklist.

  • Analyse school performance (ASP) update

    Advice September 2017

    Key Stage 2 data is now available in ASP (the replacement service to RAISEonline) – this is provisional data for 2016/17. CLA data is not currently available, therefore breakdowns of data have not been published; this will be added at the end of October along with KS1 and Phonics data for 2017.

  • Level 3 Value Added (L3VA) ready reckoner

    Advice November 2017

    The DfE is carrying out a survey about the L3VA ready reckoner. The L3VA ready reckoner is the tool the DfE provides to help schools and colleges calculate Level 3 value-added measures.

  • Reminder: You need to report gender pay gap figures by 30 March 2018

    Advice December 2017

    It is now a legal requirement for all organisations with 250 or more employees to publish specific figures about their gender pay data.

  • Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions

    Advice September 2017

    The DfE's statutory guidance concerns the support of pupils with medical conditions at school.This statutory guidance is for maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units. It is also relevant for anyone else supporting children with medical conditions.

  • Ofsted: short inspection consultations

    Advice October 2017

    Ofsted published the outcome of its consultation on the conversion of short inspections in September. Following feedback, Ofsted has now published a second set of proposals and ASCL Inspections and Accountability now provides a summary of the consultation documents.

  • National Citizen Service Champion Schools

    Advice February 2017

    National Citizen Service (NCS), supported by ASCL and endorsed by Education Secretary Justine Greening, has awarded ‘Champion School’ status to 345 schools across England.

  • Exclusion guidance - clarification for members

    Advice October 2017

    New statutory exclusion guidance for maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units came into effect on 1 September. Although, there have been no changes to the legislation, the ASCL Hotline has taken calls from members on one particular part of the guidance on page 8, paragraph 3.

  • Star Chamber Scrutiny Board

    Advice March 2017

    The Star Chamber Scrutiny Board (SCSB) is a panel of external partners from local authorities, schools and Ofsted who review all DfE data collection proposals relating to services for children, schools and families.

  • Online training for primary school teachers

    Advice May 2017

    The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) believes that teachers play an important role in helping to shape children’s food understanding so it has launched a free online course on teaching food in primary school.

  • Ofsted consultation: Short inspections of good schools

    Advice July 2017

    Ofsted’s consultation on Short inspections of good schools closes at 11.30pm, 18 August 2017. The consultation seeks your views on proposals for changes to the short inspection approach for good maintained schools and academies from October 2017.

  • Early estimates of Attainment 8 averages by prior attainment

    Advice September 2017

    ASCL has been working with SISRA Ltd to provide early estimates for 2017 Attainment 8 averages. Schools using SISRA have been invited to opt in to an anonymised data sharing exercise.

  • What the Prevent duty means for schools and colleges in England - new report

    Advice July 2017

    A new report has been published on the Prevent Duty. Entitled ‘What the Prevent duty means for schools and colleges in England: An analysis of educationalists’ experiences’, the report highlights experiences of ‘front line’ education professionals in schools and colleges.

  • 16-19 Inspection dashboard

    Advice January 2017

    Schools and colleges should now have downloaded their 2016 16-19 study programmes inspection dashboard from RAISEonline (this early extract was published on 16 December).

  • Caste in Great Britain and equality law: a public consultation

    Advice July 2017

    This consultation is an opportunity to respond on whether caste should be a separate aspect of race in the Equality Act 2010. It invites views from all those potentially affected by a legal prohibition against caste discrimination.

  • Do you have any residential accommodation for 16-18 year-olds in your institution?

    Advice November 2017

    The national minimum standards were last revised in 2002 and much has changed in the sector since then. The DfE is conducting a consultation on revising and updating the standards, with the aim of making it easier both for institutions and Ofsted, and to provide protection for students.

  • Guidance on 16 to 18 minimum standards

    Advice December 2017

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published a document setting out the minimum standard measure applied to all schools and colleges for 16 to 18 year-olds to 2017.

  • Off-payroll working rules for public authorities

    Advice July 2017

    HMRC has re-drafted the guidance for off-payroll working. Public authorities planning to offer a temporary job to someone who works through their own intermediary (often their own company, but could also be a partnership or another person), need to decide whether the off-payroll working rules apply.

  • Nominate for the Teaching Leaders programme: Leadership development that changes lives

    Advice January 2017

    Ambition School Leadership is a charity working with leaders at all levels, from aspiring middle leaders to executive headteachers. Teaching Leaders, its programme for high-potential middle leaders, is now open for applications.

  • Educate and Celebrate Best Practice Award Programme 2017-18

    Advice September 2017

    Educate & Celebrate are experts in transforming schools into LGBT Friendly places.The team are all experienced teachers who have made their own schools LGBT Friendly, they are also recognised by Ofsted for taking a whole-school approach to tackling ingrained attitudes.

  • Guidance on recruiting a headteacher

    Advice December 2017

    The DfE has published a guide to help governors and trustees make effective decisions when recruiting and selecting headteachers and other school leaders.

  • Apprenticeship live broadcasts in schools

    Advice November 2017

    Schools in England can now access the latest apprenticeship information directly from employers and their apprentices - through a new broadcast initiative.

  • Ofqual Guidance: Regulation of GCSEs, AS and A levels

    Advice March 2017

    Ofqual has produced a short video and guide explaining what schools and colleges can expect from exam boards and what exam boards, in turn, expect from schools and colleges.

  • Updated Key Stage 4 transition matrices tool with 2016 national figures

    Advice January 2017

    A powerful subject value-added (VA) grid combines DfE transition matrices (TMs) published in December for subjects with the existing pupil-level data already produced for each school by DfE for the exam result data-checking exercise each October.

  • Ofsted inspectors: South East England

    Advice July 2017

    The Ofsted Director for the South East is keen to recruit some recently retired heads, or those who will be retiring in the next year or so to train and work as Ofsted inspectors. Ofsted is keen to increase the number of inspectors who are current headteachers or who have recently retired.

  • National funding formula detailed school-level calculations are available now

    Advice October 2017

    Following the publication of the local authority reports that show the step-by-step calculations for the schools national funding formula, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has now published the reports for schools. The reports are available via the COLLECT system.

  • BBC Survey: What's happening to creative arts subjects in secondary schools?

    Advice October 2017

    Please check your school admin inbox today (17 October) for a BBC online survey that’s been sent out to all state-funded secondary schools in England.

  • CPD for School Business Leaders and School Business Managers

    Advice February 2017

    CPD for school business leaders and managers is changing. The traditional suite of programmes now known as Level 4 and 5 Diplomas in School Business Management continue to be made available by a range of national providers.

  • New deal to help schools save cash on computer equipment

    Advice January 2017

    Schools considering buying new tablets, laptops or desktop devices this year could save thousands of pounds by taking advantage of a new deal developed by the DfE and Crown Commercial Services.

  • Asbestos management

    Advice February 2017

    The Education Funding Agency (EFA) has published new guidance aimed at schools, local authorities and trusts in understanding their obligations and duties in relation to asbestos management in schools. The guidance was first published in March 2015 and has been updated with more information.

  • Application rounds for Teaching Schools and National Leaders of Education

    Advice November 2017

    The application rounds for Teaching Schools and National Leaders of Education opened on 1 November and will close at midnight, 7 December.

  • RAISEonline - ASP

    Advice April 2017

    An initial version of the replacement to RAISEonline – Analyse School Performance (ASP) – was published on 21 April. Additional data will continue to be added to the service over the coming months.

  • Schools and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations 2017

    Advice February 2017

    These regulations were published at the end of last week and explain how local authorities set their education budgets for 2017/18. These regulations took effect from this month (February) and will apply for the 2017/18 funding year.

  • Vacancies: Ofqual and Ofsted Board members

    Advice August 2017

    The Secretary of State for Education is seeking to appoint up to five members to the Board of Ofqual and up to four members to the Board of Ofsted.

  • UCAS qualification provision survey 2017

    Advice March 2017

    UCAS has published the findings from its survey highlighting changes in post-16 uptake of AS provision.

  • Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)

    Advice November 2017

    The CIF round for 2018/19 is now open. Smaller MATs, standalone academies and sixth form colleges can apply to the CIF for capital funding.

  • Use of teaching staff for cover and during gained time

    Advice June 2017

    We are often asked when teaching staff may be asked to cover lessons. The following information should provide assistance, however, please contact the member hotline if you have any additional queries.

  • National Citizen Service (NCS)

    Advice November 2017

    The DfE has launched a new practical guide to help schools and colleges across the country further engage with NCS and find out more about its benefits for pupils.

  • Academies Financial Handbook - 2017 version

    Advice August 2017

    This core document for academies has been reviewed and updated and the revised version published 27 July 2017. ASCL's Business Leadership Specialist Val Andrew provides a summary of the changes.

  • School Immersion Programme

    Advice April 2017

    ASCL is working with the DfE to promote and develop the School Immersion Programme. Collaborating with schools throughout England and Wales, this is an established initiative aimed at providing DfE staff with first-hand experience of school life.

  • Pearson Teaching Awards

    Advice February 2017

    The Pearson Teaching Awards recognise and celebrate the exceptional and life-changing work of teachers across the country. Teachers change young people’s lives, often in the most challenging circumstances and their work cannot be valued highly enough.

  • MAT Development and Improvement Fund

    Advice October 2017

    The DfE has just launched a new grant aimed at supporting trusts in improving schools. In order to qualify, trusts must plan to either take into your trust and improve at least two additional schools or form a new MAT of two schools or more and improve them, both within the next 12 months.

  • Action Counters Terrorism - Youth Campaign

    Advice October 2017

    The DfE has asked us to make you aware of a new campaign aimed at informing young people on how to react to incidents involving firearms and other weapons. The Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) – Youth Campaign was launched last week by the counter-terrorism police and it is supported by the National

  • Redundancy

    Advice September 2017

    Redundancy situations are stressful and difficult, both for those facing a job loss and those having to make difficult decisions about staffing in the light of shrinking budgets.

  • Women Leading in Education: coach directory

    Advice January 2017

    A leadership coaching pledge is one of the measures announced by government to support women in teaching. In conjunction, the National College for Teaching and Leadership has published a Women Leading in Education: coach directory.

  • Queen's Birthday Honours

    Advice June 2017

    Congratulations from ASCL to all of our members, their staff and their governors who received honours this year from the Queen. The list recognises over 130 people who have made outstanding contributions to education, children’s services or advancing equality and diversity.

  • Girls' schools launch new leadership scheme to develop women headteachers

    Advice July 2017

    If you want to step up into a more senior role, but feel you don’t have the skills, this new leadership mentoring scheme may be for you. State and independent girls’ schools are working together to encourage women into top jobs.

  • GCSEs 2017: clarification on resit requirements for English

    Advice August 2017

    Following publication yesterday of this year's GCSE results, it has become apparent there is some confusion regarding the requirement and eligibility for resits for English. ASCL has therefore been in direct contact with Ofqual and the DfE to clarify this matter.

  • New deal to help schools save cash on computer equipment - 2017

    Advice September 2017

    The DfE has launched the second in a series of aggregated procurements for schools considering buying new tablets, laptops or desktop devices. Schools buying devices could save thousands of pounds by taking advantage of a deal developed by the DfE and Crown Commercial Services (CCS).

  • 2017 Headteacher board elections: nominations now open

    Advice July 2017

    Headteacher board (HTB) elections are being held across the eight Regional Schools Commissioner regions. HTBs were established in 2014 to advise and challenge the RSCs on the decisions they take, and provide an opportunity for the sector to help shape the school system in their region.

  • Rise Above for Schools - new PHSE resources for schools

    Advice September 2017

    Public Health England (PHE) has launched Rise Above for Schools, providing new PSHE resources to support secondary school teachers when promoting positive health, wellbeing and resilience among young people aged 11 to 16.

  • Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up funding

    Advice September 2017

    The DfE has confirmed the arrangements for Year 7 Literacy and numeracy catch up funding for 2017 to 2018.

  • Applications for 2018 Social Mobility Foundation Programmes now open

    Advice October 2017

    The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) supports ambitious young people from less-privileged backgrounds to access top universities and careers. They run completely free programmes featuring mentoring, internships with top companies, university application support, and skills workshops.

  • Strategic School Improvement Fund

    Advice May 2017

    The first round of the Strategic School Improvement Fund is now open. The £140 million Strategic School Improvement Fund is a grant to support primary, secondary, middle, all-through, pupil referral units, alternative provision and special academies and maintained schools.

  • Teachers' Pensions update

    Advice April 2017

    Teachers’ Pensions has introduced Monthly Data Collection (MDC) for employers to provide their salary and service information. MDC replaces the Annual Service Return (ASR). All employers must be set up to use MDC by December 2017.

  • Pilot changes to section 8 short inspection conversions

    Advice February 2017

    Ofsted is currently trialling changes to the way section 8 short inspections are converted to section 5 full inspections. It is emphasised that these do not alter the Common Inspection Framework and the changes only apply to section 8 short inspections which convert to section 5 full inspections.

  • Improved schools' benchmarking service launched

    Advice September 2017

    An improved schools' financial benchmarking service has been launched online by the DfE following feedback from users. The service enables LA-maintained schools and academies to compare their performance data and spending levels with schools that share similar characteristics.

  • Ofqual's National Reference Test (NRT)

    Advice February 2017

    The test is taking place in over 300 secondary schools from 20 February to 3 March. Ofqual welcomes any feedback from our members on the arrangements that were made for the test and its administration in schools on the day of the test.

  • Summary of ASCL activity on the National Funding Formula consultation

    Advice January 2017

    ASCL has been campaigning for many years to bring an end to the wide and indefensible variations that currently exist in the way that funding for education is distributed to schools.

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