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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.

  • New School Allergy Action Group (SAAG) Toolkit

    Advice May 2019

    A new free toolkit has been launched by Allergy UK to empower secondary schools in the UK to improve the care and wellbeing of pupils living with allergy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • UCAS vacancy for a trustee who is a senior leader in secondary education

    Advice April 2019

    The UCAS Board is looking to appoint someone who is a leader in the secondary education sector. This could be a headteacher but might also be someone who holds another leadership position, for example, in a multi-academy trust or representative body.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Academy Accounts Direction (AAD)

    Advice May 2019

    The DfE has published the Academy Accounts Direction (AAD) for 2018 to 2019.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • HPV vaccine

    Advice July 2019

    From September this year, both girls and boys aged 12-13 years-old will be offered the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine through school, for free from the NHS, and will remain eligible for up to their 25th birthday.

  • Headteacher Reference Groups

    Advice July 2019

    The DfE is looking for headteachers who would like to contribute to national policy through the Primary Headteacher Reference Group and the Secondary Headteacher Reference Group.

  • Academies Financial Handbook 2019

    Advice July 2019

    The 2019 version of the Academies Financial Handbook was released by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) on 27 June 2019.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • School Financial Value Standard (SFVS)

    Advice May 2019

    The SFVS process for local authority maintained schools has changed from 1 April 2019.

  • DfE guide for schools and local authorities on unique pupil numbers

    Advice June 2019

    The DfE has published a guide on the unique pupil number (UPN) – the 13-character code that identifies each pupil in the local-authority-maintained school system.

  • 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.

  • Pupil Premium guidance

    Advice June 2019

    To support the publication of the Children in Need Review, on 17 June, Education Secretary Damian Hinds gave a speech about the changing face of disadvantage. To support this, the DfE has updated the Pupil Premium GOV.UK pages with a new Frequently Asked Questions document

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Schools and colleges offered free sanitary vending machines by phs

    Advice June 2019

    Hygiene services provider phs Group has announced plans to offer its new coin-free vending machines to schools and colleges for free as part of a new initiative to create period equity.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Guidance by ISBL for employers

    Advice June 2019

    The Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) has released new guidance for headteachers and governors to support them in utilising the school business leadership professional standards, in the recruitment and retention of school business leaders.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Guidance for employers from ISBL

    Advice May 2019

    The Institute of School Business Leadership has released new guidance for headteachers and governors, to support them in utilising the school business leadership professional standards in the recruitment and retention of school business leaders.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Pension grant methodology

    Advice May 2019

    The DfE has calculated that the increase in employer contributions to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) from September 2019 to March 2020 will be £848 million and has released information about the grant and a Supplementary Fund.

  • Benchmarking update

    Advice June 2019

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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