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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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Digital skills programme

    Advice June 2019

    A new digital skills programme is being made available to secondary schools across the UK to improve young people’s understanding of tech, build their digital skills and encourage them to explore a future career in technology.

  • Information leaflet: Changes to statutory teacher assessment

    Advice April 2019

    The DfE has produced a leaflet recapping for schools, the changes to statutory teacher assessment from the 2018/19 academic year.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gresham College's free lectures: school booking introduced

    Advice July 2019

    Gresham College’s free lectures have helped students with career choices, been useful for ‘stretch and challenge’ and featured in students’ EPQs (Extended Project Qualifications).

  • 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.

  • Change4Life free resources

    Advice July 2019

    The latest Change4Life with Disney resource packs have now launched.

  • Teacher Effect

    Advice June 2019

    The DfE is encouraging teachers to tell their own stories about teaching and celebrate the effect they have on their colleagues, students and the communities around them.

  • Trans guidance focus groups

    Advice April 2019

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission is inviting ASCL members to participate in two-hour focus groups to discuss the commission’s new trans guidance for primary and secondary schools, based on the Equality Act 2010. They will be held in Cardiff, Manchester and London.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Quality in Careers Standard

    Advice April 2019

    The latest DfE statutory guidance to schools and colleges on fulfilling their statutory duty builds heavily upon the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks for

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Grants for international exchanges for schools in England

    Advice June 2019

    The British Council has grants available to enable schools to provide students with an intercultural experience. The visits can be used to enhance curriculum teaching, improve language learning or help build soft skills. Grants are aimed at young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Benchmarking update

    Advice June 2019

    The DfE’s benchmarking for school’s website has three updated features.

  • 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.

  • Design Ventura 2019

    Advice June 2019

    Design Ventura is the Design Museum’s award-winning design and enterprise challenge for students. Each year, students aged 13–16 are challenged to design a new product for the Design Museum Shop.

  • Free high-quality CPD to teach computer science

    Advice June 2019

    Computer science is a huge and growing area of STEM. Employers of all sectors and sizes report an almost insatiable appetite for young people with coding and other computing skills. But only 61% of schools currently offer the subject to GCSE.

  • 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.