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  • Exam dates 2019

    Advice January 2019

    A reminder to members about the earlier start this year to GCSE and A level external exams, and about the exam contingency day.

  • Reception Baseline Assessment

    Advice March 2019

    In response to the 2017 primary assessment consultation, the government announced plans to introduce a statutory Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) in autumn 2020. The government will use it as the baseline for measuring the progress primary schools make with their pupils.

  • Inspiring Governance (for MAT governance leads, clerks or Chairs of Governors/Trustees

    Advice July 2019

    Inspiring Governance is a DfE funded governor recruitment service led by Education and Employers and delivered in partnership with the National Governance Association (NGA). The service supports both maintained schools and MATs with recruiting skilled governors to their governing boards/committees.

  • Updated KS4 transition matrices tool with 2018 national figures

    Advice April 2019

    The powerful subject value-added (VA) grid combines DfE transition matrices (TMs), published as part of the Guidance in the Performance Tables in January 2019, with the pupil-level datafile produced for each school by the DfE for the exam result data-checking exercise each October.

  • Identifying schools for improvement support

    Advice February 2019

    Alongside the recruitment and retention strategy, the Department for Education has published a consultation on how it proposes to identify schools eligible for support.

  • Post-16 qualifications review: consultation events

    Advice May 2019

    As part of the first stage consultation of the DfE’s review of post-16 qualifications at Level 3 and below, the department is keen to gather as many views as possible and is inviting ASCL members to one of five events it is holding around the country.

  • Progress 8 toolkit

    Advice February 2019

    ASCL member David Blow has produced a detailed analysis tool for Progress 8 together with helpful notes that include prompts and questions on its use.

  • NGA Leading Governance Programmes funded by the DfE

    Advice May 2019

    The Development for Boards programme is a consultant-led bespoke programme that will be tailored to your board’s circumstances to improve practice and outcomes, and is applicable to MATs, standalone academies and maintained schools

  • Become a Chartered Educational Assessor

    Advice February 2019

    The role of the Chartered Educational Assessor (CEA) is to quality assure the assessment policies, procedures and processes that schools, colleges, or MATs use. This CEA training programme supports professionals engaged in assessment across multiple subject contexts.

  • Research on the impact of career talks on GCSE results

    Advice July 2019

    Research conducted by the UK based charity Education and Employers has for the first time in England demonstrated a link between young people’s engagement with the world of work through career talks and their GCSE attainment, by using a Randomised Control Trial (RCT).

  • Analyse school performance (ASP) update - March 2019

    Advice March 2019

    KS4 revised data for 2018 and revised Destinations (after KS4) for 2017, is now available in ASP.

  • Call for evidence: JCQ Independent Commission into malpractice in the UK assessment system

    Advice February 2019

    As part of the programme of evidence gathering for the Commission on Examination Malpractice, the Commission would like your views and is asking if members can complete a short survey.

  • Ofqual updates - April 2019

    Advice April 2019

    Updates from Ofqual: Exams officers, consultation, and exam pressure and test anxiety resources.

  • New development opportunity with Ofsted for middle leaders in London

    Advice April 2019

    Ofsted London Region is running a pilot programme in London to support the development of future leaders in education from BAME backgrounds. The programme is applicable to middle leaders who have been identified as having potential to move into senior leadership roles in the next one to three years.

  • Due diligence guidance

    Advice March 2019

    The DfE has published best practice guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools, local authorities and academy trusts on Due Diligence in Academies and Maintained Schools.

  • Revisions to music and dance GCSE, AS and A levels

    Advice January 2019

    Ofqual has confirmed that performance rules for GCSEs, AS and A levels in music and dance are being revised.

  • Multiplication Tables Check (MTC): Voluntary national pilot

    Advice April 2019

    The MTC is a new assessment, and the first national curriculum assessment in England, to be delivered on a digital platform. The Standards & Testing Agency (STA) is giving schools the opportunity to try out the new assessment with Year 4 pupils this summer in a voluntary national pilot.

  • Updated transition matrices and ready reckoners

    Advice February 2019

    The DfE has published KS2 and KS4 pupil and school ready reckoners on revised 2018 data.

  • GCSE Computer Science assessment arrangements

    Advice January 2019

    Ofqual has confirmed the long-term future of computer science assessment arrangements.

  • FAQs on conflicts of interest and declarations

    Advice January 2019

    We are pleased to announce that following calls from ASCL, JCQ has now produced a set of FAQs giving more clarification around conflicts of interest and declarations in relation to the design, delivery and assessment of examinations for centres.

  • 16-19 study programmes

    Advice January 2019

    The guidance on the review of end of year 16 to 19 study programmes data for 2016 to 2017 has now been updated.

  • FAQs on Ofsted's 2019 Education Inspection Framework

    Advice June 2019

    ASCL Curriculum and Inspection Specialist Stephen Rollett has compiled a list of FAQs on Ofsted's 2019 Education Inspection Framework.

  • The Waters Report - update for ASCL Cymru members

    Advice April 2019

    In September 2018, the report of the independent review panel on pay and conditions for teachers in Wales, led by Professor Mick Waters, was published. It proposes sweeping changes to the pay and conditions landscape. ASCL Cymru is concerned about many of the proposals.

  • Educators on Board

    Advice July 2019

    The NGA and Inspiring Governance have recently launched their new ‘Educators on Board’ campaign, responding to the expressed need for governing boards to have more educational expertise on them and seeks to encourage teachers and school leaders to consider becoming a governor or trustee.

  • Academies financial returns

    Advice June 2019

    The DfE guidance on academy financial returns has been updated with information about the academies better financial reporting programme, which aims to improve academy trust financial reporting and reduce the burden on trusts.

  • June checking exercise

    Advice June 2019

    The window for checking that your school has the correct pupils identified for inclusion in performance tables, ASP, IDSR etc is now open until 5pm on 1 July. It is very important to check that the DfE list is correct; we are aware that a significant number of schools do not routinely do this.