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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.

  • Free bespoke Stonewall training on celebrating difference in your school

    Advice May 2019

    Stonewall offers training in creating an LGBT inclusive school environment for primary schools, secondary schools and colleges across the UK and it is currently working with the Government Equalities Office to offer selected primary schools a full-day of free bespoke training.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cyberbullying Guide

    Advice May 2019

    An online organisation called HomeGuides has developed guidance to help children, parents and teachers to understand what cyberbullying is and what can be done about it.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Good Career Guidance: Perspectives from the SEND sector

    Advice July 2019

    Gatsby, in collaboration with Disability Rights UK and The Careers & Enterprise Company, have released a new publication on using the Gatsby Benchmarks with young people with SEND.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Affordable Summer Camps for young people between the ages of 9 to 15

    Advice June 2019

    The Summer Camps Trust has been set up to promote affordable summer camps for young people in the UK. The trust has 17 member organisations including Outward Bound, YHA and PGL. This summer the trust is piloting an affordable summer camps project.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Copyright Licensing Agency

    Advice July 2019

    Did you know that UK schools already hold a copyright licence from the Copyright Licensing Agency? School staff can therefore copy extracts of published works without worrying about the permission that can be necessary under copyright law.

  • Pearson research into 16-19 pathways

    Advice May 2019

    Pearson is currently undertaking research to support its response to the DfE Level 3 and below review. The research is focused on 16-19 pathways at Level 3.

  • Research to inform a new website to replace Unistats

    Advice May 2019

    The Office for Students is developing a replacement for the Unistats website and would like to speak to teachers about what they would find most helpful.

  • 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.

  • Young people across Europe call on adults to help them tackle sexual harassment online

    Advice June 2019

    A film has been created as part of Project deSHAME, a Europe-wide project to tackle sexual harassment carried out by young people online.

  • Help to Save

    Advice May 2019

    Help to Save is a new government savings offer, designed to help working people on low incomes to build up their savings. It will support people to become regular savers, helping families and individuals prepare and plan for the future through a generous 50% tax-free bonus.

  • Stonewall Children and Young People's Conference 2019

    Advice May 2019

    Stonewall's conference on lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) inclusion in primary schools, secondary schools, services, colleges and youth groups returns on Friday 5th July 2019 with its unique combination of practical information, keynote speakers and platforming of youth voices.

  • Open Days - new online platform

    Advice June 2019

    FindOpenDays is a new online platform providing details of all UK open days, incorporating universities, colleges and schools.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Top tips for inspiring young people to choose engineering as a career

    Advice May 2019

    'Getting the message across' is a top tips guide for anyone who provides engineering outreach activities in schools. Published by EngineeringUK, it encourages STEM professionals and ambassadors to plan inspiring and impactful activities.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • School Diversity Week

    Advice May 2019

    Every summer Just Like Us’ network unites through School Diversity Week, the national celebration of LGBT equality in education. In 2019 it runs 1–5 July.