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  • Commonwealth Education Pack

    Advice February 2018

    The DfE has recently published its Commonwealth 2018 Classroom Education pack. The free resource has been designed in collaboration with the British Council and Commonwealth Secretariat.

  • Schools financial efficiency: Metric tool

    Advice April 2018

    The DfE has recently updated the guidance and methodology relating to the Metric Tool which includes 2015 and 2016 data.

  • Provisional exam timetables for summer 2019

    Advice April 2018

    AQA, CCEA, OCR, Pearson and WJEC have released a joint provisional timetable for GCSE, AS and A level exams for summer 2019 via JCQ. The common timetable, which you can view here, captures the exam boards' plans for next year.

  • Update on new multiplication check for Year 4 pupils

    Advice November 2018

    The government has released an update on the development of the new multiplication check for Year 4 pupils, to be introduced from the 2019/20 academic year.

  • National Cyber Security Centre CyberFirst courses

    Advice May 2018

    The National Cyber Security Centre is running free, short residential and non-residential CyberFirst courses this summer for 14 to 17 year-olds, designed to introduce young people to the world of cyber security.

  • Edexcel A level maths exam - June 2018

    Advice June 2018

    We are aware of the allegations of malpractice or wrongdoing in relation to Edexcel’s A level C4 maths paper taken on 22 June 2018. ASCL is in discussions with Ofqual seeking urgent clarification of the situation.

  • Careers guidance

    Advice January 2018

    The DfE has published new statutory guidance for schools on careers guidance and access for education and training providers.

  • Updated Ofsted handbooks and ‘myths’ guidance - including the EBacc

    Advice July 2018

    Ofsted has published an updated school inspection handbook for Section 5 (full) inspections and Section 8 inspections, ready to start in September 2018.

  • Careers guidance for colleges

    Advice February 2018

    The DfE has published new guidance for further education colleges and sixth form colleges on how to provide independent careers guidance.

  • Anti-fraud lesson plans

    Advice October 2018

    Together with PSHE Association, and Economic education, Cifas, the fraud prevention organisation, has created four Anti-Fraud Education lesson plans with accompanying resources. The lesson plans are aimed at 11-16 year-olds and cover Key Stages 3 and 4.

  • Careers guidance briefings

    Advice February 2018

    Following the launch of the governments new Careers Strategy and statutory guidance, the Careers & Enterprise Company is running a series of briefings entitled, Implementing the Careers Strategy: A Careers and Enterprise Company Briefing for senior leaders.

  • The Careers and Enterprise Fund 2018

    Advice June 2018

    The Careers & Enterprise Fund 2018 (CEF2018) is inviting bids for grant funding.

  • Maths premium guide

    Advice July 2018

    The ESFA has updated the advanced maths premium guide on gov.uk.

  • STEM careers showcase

    Advice March 2018

    On 24 May 2018, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is holding a STEM Careers Showcase specifically for girls aged from 11-15 years.

  • Curriculum reforms

    Advice January 2018

    UCAS has produced a useful guide to qualification reforms in the UK. The guide is intended to provide a high-level overview of what is happening throughout the UK for HE providers, teachers and advisers and contains videos and factsheets.

  • New DfE guidance on schools causing concern

    Advice January 2018

    The DfE has published new guidance on schools causing concern – guidance for local authorities and Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) on how to work with schools to support improvements to educational performance, and on using their intervention powers.

  • National Reference Test 2019

    Advice October 2018

    Schools chosen for the National Reference Test (NRT) in 2019 are being contacted this term. The NRT measures students’ attainment over time in English and maths and provides additional evidence that Ofqual and exam boards will take into account when setting grade boundaries.

  • Teacher Development Fund call for applications

    Advice November 2018

    Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund supports arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom. It aims to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum, by supporting teachers and school leaders to develop their skills, knowledge, confidence and experience.

  • Analyse school performance (ASP) update - November 2018

    Advice November 2018

    Key Stage 4 2018 provisional data and destinations data for 2017 is now available in ASP. Three-year time series data is also included within this release.

  • Early years national funding formula (NFF) funding rates and guidance

    Advice December 2018

    Early Years NFF hourly rates and guidance have been published for 2019/20. These documents are for local authorities.

  • ASCL self evaluation tool

    Advice April 2018

    Building on previous self-evaluation (SEF) tools created by consultant Tony Thornley, ASCL’s Inspection & Accountability Specialist, Stephen Rollett has developed an April 2018 (SEF 2018) update to ASCL's framework of SEF tools to support school leaders.

  • GCSE combined science grading update

    Advice August 2018

    The safety net grade for combined science in 2018 was expected to be 4-3 on the higher tier. During the awarding period, exam boards reported to Ofqual that while they were confident in standards set at 4-4, there were more students than expected getting an unclassified result on the higher tier.

  • Careers guidance survey - share your views

    Advice August 2018

    The Gatsby Foundation has commissioned Pye Tait Consulting to carry out a targeted survey of school and college leaders to understand what they think about the subject of careers guidance, and how these views have changed since the release in December 2017 of the Government’s Careers Strategy.

  • Conversations on the curriculum

    Advice November 2018

    With renewed focus on the curriculum, ASCL invited education advisor Mary Myatt to share her views on what leaders in all phases of education can be thinking about now to ensure they have a clear understanding of the importance of a broad and balanced curriculum.

  • Free coding sessions

    Advice November 2018

    From 27 November 2018, people can register for thousands of free Hour of Code sessions available at all Apple Store locations from 1 to 14 December. The sessions will provide opportunities for people at a variety of skill levels to learn coding.

  • Year 7 catch-up premium 2017 to 2018

    Advice March 2018

    The Year 7 catch-up premium gives state-funded schools, including special schools and alternative provision settings, additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

  • Ramadan - Primary School Leaders' Advice Line

    Advice May 2018

    The Association of Muslim Schools and the Muslim Teachers Association, in association with ASCL, have set up a helpline for primary school leaders who have further questions about Ramadan which would affect their pupils.

  • The Arts in Schools: why the arts matter in our education system

    Advice September 2018

    Read the new briefing paper from the Cultural Learning Alliance and ASCL, which sets out why participating in the arts in school matters.

  • Impact: The Science of Learning complementary journal

    Advice February 2018

    A complementary journal from the Chartered College of Teaching, sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, will arrive in every UK school from Monday 26 February.

  • Disability Matters in Employment: new resource for schools and colleges

    Advice September 2018

    A new resource is available to support further education colleges and schools, and help them build links with employers to create and sustain supported internships and lasting employment opportunities for disabled young adults.

  • Careers events

    Advice January 2018

    Give your school leavers some extra help to navigate their post-school options and get them to attend What Career Live? and What University Live? Taking place at Birmingham's NEC on 2-3 March and at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool on 23-24 March.

  • The Female Lead

    Advice February 2018

    The Female Lead is a non-profit campaign dedicated to making women’s stories more visible and providing inspiration for girls when they consider their future careers.

  • Education packs and resources for Safer Internet Day, 5 February 2019

    Advice November 2018

    The theme for Safer Internet Day 2019 is 'Together for a better internet', with a focus on the issues surrounding consent online.

  • GCSE computer science

    Advice April 2018

    Ofqual has published its plans for GCSE computer science for 2020.

  • Increase in Erasmus budget and new opportunities for 2018

    Advice February 2018

    For 2018, €30 million will be available to UK schools to apply for Erasmus activities, compared to €21 million in 2017.

  • Secondary school performance tables - factsheet

    Advice January 2018

    Secondary school performance tables were published on 25 January, however, due to the recent changes and reforms to GCSE performance measures, these results cannot be compared to the previous year.

  • Sign up to the first ever Tomorrow's Engineers Week Big Assembly

    Advice October 2018

    Tomorrow’s Engineers Week takes place from 5-9 November and provides a unique opportunity for schools to drive interest in engineering careers, showing young people the ways in which engineers are on a mission to make the world a better place, find innovative solutions and shape the way we live.

  • The Great Get Together 2018

    Advice May 2018

    From Friday 22 to Sunday 24 June, The Great Get Together will be taking place across the country and schools are being urged to take part with a special assembly on Friday 22 June.

  • Premier League Writing Stars: Poetry competition

    Advice November 2018

    The Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition returns for its second year to inspire children aged between five and eleven to get creative and pen their own poem on the theme of diversity.

  • Inspection data summary report (IDSR) - Key Stage 4

    Advice December 2018

    Ofsted has now published IDSR for Key Stage 4 using provisional data. It can be located on the DfE’s Analyse School Performance (ASP) service.

  • Educating young people about Islamophobia

    Advice May 2018

    Equaliteach, an organisation specialising in equality training, has produced resources, including worksheets, lesson plans and videos, for both primary and secondary teachers to work with young people and educate them about Islamophobia.

  • New DfE website on GCSE reforms

    Advice June 2018

    The DfE has launched a new website with more details about the further 20 reformed GCSEs. It includes information for students, parents, employers and anyone working in education.

  • Ofqual updates - June 2018

    Advice June 2018

    Information from Ofqual including a letter to schools regarding provisional entry statistics, what to expect with reformed GCSEs, AS and A levels, Applied Generals and Tech levels this summer, and details of reformed qualifications workshops.

  • Digital awareness resource

    Advice June 2018

    HMC and Digital Awareness UK have produced a ground-breaking video and lesson plans on digital addiction which they are sharing with all schools.

  • Erasmus and funding opportunities for schools

    Advice September 2018

    Get the essential information on Erasmus funding and eTwinning opportunities at twilight sessions across the UK.

  • Teacher Development Fund - now open for applications

    Advice March 2018

    The Teacher Development Fund is now open for applications. The fund supports delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in primary schools, and to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum.

  • Drive iQ resources

    Advice February 2018

    Drive iQ is a free virtual experience of driving for young people that will improve their skills and that is perfect to set for homework or run as workshops in tutorials or PSHE.

  • Pre-key stage standards

    Advice June 2018

    The DfE has published new pre-key stage standards for pupils with special educational needs. They have been developed with teachers and a range of other education experts to help ensure pupils working below the national curriculum are better supported to transition onto the national curriculum.

  • Thanking the WW1 generation: free lesson plans

    Advice October 2018

    The Royal British Legion is leading a national movement to say ‘thank you’ to the First World War generation, who served, sacrificed and changed our world.

  • New healthier snacking resources for primary schools

    Advice January 2018

    Change4Life has created a suite of new resources for primary schools to help inform pupils and families about healthier snacking.

  • Free STEM support

    Advice June 2018

    Schools and colleges in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country can now benefit from a new programme of free support from STEM Learning, called Aspire to STEM.

  • Resources to help tackle extremism

    Advice May 2018

    Free resources for schools are available from Extreme Dialogue UK to help give students and teachers the confidence to develop critical thinking and resilience, and to take part in challenging conversations about all forms of extremism.

  • Pupil attitudes towards, and experiences of, environmental sustainability in schools

    Advice October 2018

    Green Schools Project and NUS are working on a research pilot to better understand the views and experiences of pupils on environmental sustainability in their school.

  • New JCQ guidance on internal appeals process for centre-assessed marks

    Advice January 2018

    JCQ has published a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about its regulation for schools and colleges to have in place an internal appeals process for centre-assessed marks. This appeal process must take place prior to the submission of marks to an awarding body.

  • KS4 Inspection Data Summary Reports (IDSR)

    Advice January 2018

    Ofsted has published its new-look Key Stage 4 report which replaces the old ‘inspection dashboard’. Primary IDSRs were launched in the autumn term and data on secondary schools has now followed suit.