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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.

  • Free anti-bullying training

    Advice February 2019

    The Diana Award is offering its free regional Anti-Bullying Ambassador training days for primary and secondary schools.

  • Free resources for deaf children using English as an additional language

    Advice February 2019

    The National Deaf Children’s Society, together with The Bell Foundation, have produced a booklet and a short video to help teachers and education professionals address the challenges faced by deaf children using English as an additional language.

  • Support for new headteachers - call for engagement

    Advice February 2019

    The DfE School Leadership Unit is looking at how to help headteachers, especially new headteachers, who feel isolated and unsupported. To make sure they properly understand the problem they would like to speak with people who have recently been first-time heads.

  • School Immersion Programme, 2019

    Advice January 2019

    ASCL is continuing to work with the DfE to develop the School Immersion Programme (SIP). Collaborating with schools and colleges throughout England and Wales, this is an established initiative aimed at providing DfE staff with first-hand experience of school and college life.

  • New free resource kit to support learning about pollution

    Advice April 2019

    A new free resource kit for primary schools aims to help children learn about plastic pollution in our waterways and explore the concept of the circular economy.

  • Teacher workload: call for case studies and examples

    Advice January 2019

    The DfE’s Teacher Workload Unit is working on the recommendations from the ‘Making Data Work’ report, and the unit would be very grateful for your help in making this as effective as possible.

  • New funding available to support international partner schools visits

    Advice February 2019

    The DfE has launched a new £2.5 million programme, in partnership with the British Council, to enable schools in England to apply for grants to take pupils aged 11 to 19 to visit a school in another country.

  • Alcohol awareness resources

    Advice March 2019

    Drinkaware for Education is a free, curriculum-linked alcohol education programme for teachers of 9-14 year-olds. Its resources are specially designed for use in PSHE classes and are accredited by the PSHE Association’s Quality Mark.

  • Updated KS4 transition matrices tool with 2018 national figures

    Advice February 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.

  • T levels action plan

    Advice January 2019

    The T level action plan was published in December and sets out what T levels will be delivered in 2021, how providers will be selected and how each T level will be designed.

  • Teaching Vacancies

    Advice March 2019

    Teaching Vacancies, the new job listing service from the DfE, is now available to all state-funded schools in England. This new service has been introduced to help schools reduce the estimated £75 million spent each year on costly recruitment advertising.

  • Get the facts on relationships and sex education (RSE)

    Advice April 2019

    The DfE has provided some FAQs on RSE to explain some of the common misconceptions around the subjects.

  • 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.

  • New DfE teacher recruitment service

    Advice April 2019

    The DfE has launched a free web service, Teaching Vacancies, for schools to advertise their vacancies.

  • New Change4Life teaching resources to help pupils cut back on sugar

    Advice January 2019

    Public Health England has developed dedicated English and maths teaching resources for primary schools across England, to help pupils and their families understand how much sugar is in their food and drink. It will also teach them about making healthier swaps to reduce their sugar intake.

  • 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.

  • Funding for international exchanges for schools

    Advice January 2019

    The DfE is providing £2.5 million to enable young people to take part in international exchanges and visits, in a programme delivered in partnership with the British Council.

  • Reminder: KCSIE - child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment

    Advice March 2019

    In September 2018, the Keeping Children Safe In Education guidance was updated to include a new part five, titled Child on Child Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment. Please be reminded that all schools must make themselves aware of this new part of the statutory guidance.

  • A chance to try out an innovative mental health approach

    Advice February 2019

    Do you want a chance to try out an innovative mental health approach? Would you like £1,000 for your school and to lead the way in cutting-edge research?

  • Opportunity to nominate a former student for ASCL's '21 Up' project

    Advice March 2019

    ASCL President Richard Sheriff announced in his speech at our Annual Conference last week that ASCL plans to bring together twenty-one 21-year-olds to discuss their experience of their education so far.

  • 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.

  • Funding for the teachers' pay grant and increases in employer contributions to the teachers' pension scheme

    Advice March 2019

    The teachers’ pay award for 2018/19 is to be funded until March 2020. The employers’ contributions to teachers’ pensions are due to increase from the current 16.48% to c23.6%, with effect from 1 September 2019. The government has committed to funding this increase for the financial year 2019/20.

  • Erasmus funding for UK schools 2019

    Advice February 2019

    Are you interested in funding for professional development? Erasmus funds school teachers, managers and leaders to job shadow or teach abroad – a great way to gain fresh ideas and get inspired.

  • Commission for Countering Extremism

    Advice January 2019

    The Commission for Countering Extremism has launched a public call for evidence and Lead Commissioner, Sara Khan, is asking ASCL members and their staff to share their views.

  • 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.

  • Ramadan: Exams and tests, 2019

    Advice April 2019

    This information paper is relevant to leaders and staff in primary, secondary and tertiary schools and colleges, and those involved in administering public examinations including GCSE, GCE AS and A levels, and national curriculum tests (SATs).

  • 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.

  • Deals for schools

    Advice March 2019

    The DfE has published information on the national deals available to schools to help them save money on some of the things they buy regularly.

  • Climate change protest - Friday 15 February

    Advice February 2019

    We are aware that protests over the issue of climate change are planned in several towns and cities on Friday and students are being encouraged to take part during school and college hours.

  • Free teaching resource to help boost students' literacy skills and confidence

    Advice April 2019

    Penguin and the National Literacy Trust have launched a free teaching resource inspired by Michelle Obama’s bestselling memoir, Becoming, to boost secondary students’ literacy skills, leadership abilities and confidence.

  • Free CPD for teachers on global learning

    Advice March 2019

    Lyfta is a subscription-based digital platform where teachers and pupils can access stunning immersive stories and curriculum-based lesson and assembly plans. Lyfta's learning experiences are ideal for teaching literacy, PSHE, SMSC, global citizenship and art.

  • 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.

  • Stephen Lawrence Day

    Advice March 2019

    To celebrate the inaugural Stephen Lawrence Day on 22 April, last week, every school in England will have received a pack including a personal letter from Baroness Doreen Lawrence, inviting them to take part in national Stephen Lawrence Day.

  • New resources to help teach about periods

    Advice April 2019

    This week, period poverty social enterprise Hey Girls launches new resources to help teach periods with confidence. Flexible, curriculum-linked lesson plans are free to download online, complemented by a pack of 50 conversation starter cards.

  • 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 maths and English resits

    Advice March 2019

    The government has issued a welcome change in guidance to the condition of funding rule for GCSE English and maths resits for 2019/20.

  • GCSE Computer Science assessment arrangements

    Advice January 2019

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

  • Join the free Schools in Mind network

    Advice February 2019

    Schools in Mind is a free network set up by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families for school staff and allied professionals that shares practical, academic and clinical expertise regarding the wellbeing and mental health issues which affect schools.

  • Hay Festival launches free programme for schools 2019 live streams

    Advice April 2019

    Hay Festival Wales will be broadcast live into schools UK-wide on Thursday 23 May (KS2) and Friday 24 May (KS3 and KS4), widening access to the festival’s Programme for Schools.

  • 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.

  • Additional capital funding 2018-2019

    Advice February 2019

    In the Budget 2018, the Chancellor announced an extra £400 million capital funding for schools in 2018 to 2019.

  • Register as an early adopter: Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education

    Advice March 2019

    The registration for the Early Adopter School Programme for Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education is now open and the DfE is looking for schools that will start teaching the new requirements from September 2019.

  • Fully-funded student places on Architectural Drawing Summer School 2019

    Advice January 2019

    Bruton School for Girls in Somerset is hosting a fantastic opportunity for Year 12 and 13 (A level students), who have an interest in studying architecture, to learn more about the subject with some of the best lecturers teaching architecture in the UK.

  • Florence Kirkby MBE, longstanding ASCL stalwart

    Advice January 2019

    It is with great sadness that we are sharing with you the news that Honorary ASCL Member, Florence Kirkby MBE, passed away earlier this month. For over 50 years, Florence worked tirelessly for the Association and for education as a whole.

  • Free Reducing Teacher Workload Events - Summer 2019

    Advice April 2019

    The DfE, in collaboration with school leaders and teachers across the country, is holding two national events to showcase work that is currently being done in schools to effectively reduce teacher workload.

  • 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.

  • Pay and pensions grants

    Advice March 2019

    Academies will continue to receive pay and pensions grants until August 2020 because they are funded on an academic year basis.

  • Plastic free by 2022

    Advice January 2019

    The DfE announced that it wants schools to stop using plastic bags, bottles and food packaging and go single-use plastic free by 2022.

  • Children's Mental Health Week: 4 - 10 February 2019

    Advice February 2019

    This week is Children’s Mental Health Week, and organiser Place2Be is encouraging children, young people and adults to look after their bodies and their minds and be Healthy: Inside and Out.

  • EU exit guide: data protection for education providers

    Advice April 2019

    The DfE has published information for education providers on how to remain compliant with data protection laws when the UK leaves the EU

  • T levels funding

    Advice January 2019

    The DfE has launched a consultation seeking views on funding for the delivery of T levels from 2020.

  • Have your say on counter terrorism resources for schools

    Advice March 2019

    In 2017, following the Manchester Arena terror attack, Counter Terrorism Policing launched ACT for Youth: Run Hide Tell to raise awareness amongst young people on how to react if caught up in a gun or knife terror attack.

  • School complaints procedures: guidance for schools

    Advice January 2019

    The DfE has published guidance for schools about setting up or reviewing complaints procedures. The guidance contains information on what governing bodies of maintained schools should do and sets out the legal duties with which they must comply.

  • Police in the classroom

    Advice January 2019

    Police officers can support teachers in delivering a range of topics in personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education lessons, such as drug education, road safety and raising awareness of online safety.

  • Early Adopter School Programme

    Advice April 2019

    The DfE is still recruiting schools to the Early Adopter School Programme for Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education to start teaching the new requirements from September 2019.

  • Submission of supplementary evidence to the STRB

    Advice February 2019

    Following consideration of the evidence of other statutory consultees, we have now submitted our supplementary evidence to the STRB. ASCL refutes the claim that a 2% increase is affordable by schools, made by the DfE in its submission, and we have provided evidence to support this.