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  • Curriculum reforms

    Advice January 2018

    UCAS has produced a useful guide to qualification reforms in the UK. The guide is intended to provide a high-level overview of what is happening throughout the UK for HE providers, teachers and advisers and contains videos and factsheets.

  • Spring census 2018

    Advice January 2018

    The spring school census 2018 begins on 18 January

  • School revenue funding settlement 2018-19

    Advice January 2018

    An announcement on the school revenue funding settlement for 2018/19 was made on 19 December in a written ministerial statement, which sets out the details for the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG), Education Services Grant (ESG) and Pupil Premium.

  • Regional schools' buying hubs

    Advice January 2018

    This DfE led project is moving to the next phase. The first hub pilots will commence in February in the North West and South West, and aim to support schools to help procure goods and services in the most efficient and effective way.

  • Carillion contracts - information for schools and colleges

    Advice January 2018

    The Cabinet Office has today issued a statement following the announcement by Carillion of its decision to initiate insolvency proceedings.

  • National Funding Formula - budget planning

    Advice January 2018

    Business leaders await the notification of the local formula to inform their budget planning. Decisions for 2018/19 must be approved and submitted to ESFA by 19 January 2018 in accordance with ESFA schools revenue funding guidance.

  • Technical consultation on insolvency regime for FE and sixth form colleges launched

    Advice January 2018

    The DfE has launched this technical consultation which runs until 12 February 2018

  • Leadership equality and diversity fund

    Advice January 2018

    The DfE’s leadership equality and diversity (E&D) fund supports schools to develop local solutions that help teachers from under-represented groups to progress into leadership. Funding is available for schools to co-ordinate school-led projects in their region.

  • Careers guidance

    Advice January 2018

    The DfE has published new statutory guidance for schools on careers guidance and access for education and training providers.

  • UCAS guide to Applied General and Tech Level qualifications

    Advice January 2018

    In advance of the January 15 deadline, UCAS has produced an adviser guide to Applied General and Tech Level qualifications, which is now available on its qualification reform webpages

  • New healthier snacking resources for primary schools

    Advice January 2018

    Change4Life has created a suite of new resources for primary schools to help inform pupils and families about healthier snacking.

  • KS4 Inspection Data Summary Reports (IDSR)

    Advice January 2018

    Ofsted has published its new-look Key Stage 4 report which replaces the old ‘inspection dashboard’. Primary IDSRs were launched in the autumn term and data on secondary schools has now followed suit.

  • Guidance on 16 to 18 minimum standards

    Advice December 2017

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published a document setting out the minimum standard measure applied to all schools and colleges for 16 to 18 year-olds to 2017.

  • Guidance on recruiting a headteacher

    Advice December 2017

    The DfE has published a guide to help governors and trustees make effective decisions when recruiting and selecting headteachers and other school leaders.

  • UCAS guide to qualification reforms

    Advice December 2017

    UCAS has produced a useful guide to qualification reforms in the UK. The guide is intended to provide a high-level overview of what is happening throughout the UK for HE providers, teachers and advisers.

  • DfE guidance on dealing with sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges

    Advice December 2017

    The DfE's report Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges was published 14 December 2017. The advice reflects best practice, and can be used by all schools and colleges in dealing with issues which can be complex and difficult to navigate.

  • Issues with ESFA submissions for CIF bids

    Advice December 2017

    ASCL has received numerous calls from members concerning the inability of the ESFA Portal to process CIF bids, and which schools are trying to upload before the deadline of 12.00 on Thursday 14 December.

  • Reminder: You need to report gender pay gap figures by 30 March 2018

    Advice December 2017

    It is now a legal requirement for all organisations with 250 or more employees to publish specific figures about their gender pay data.

  • Reality Check: free BBC resources to help young people differentiate between real and fake news

    Advice December 2017

    The BBC is offering as many as a thousand schools mentoring in person, online, or at group events from BBC journalists – including some familiar faces like Huw Edwards, Tina Daheley, Nikki Fox, Kamal Ahmed and Amol Rajan.

  • Analyse school performance (ASP) - December update

    Advice December 2017

    The DfE has asked us to make members aware that KS4 2017 provisional data and destinations data for 2015/16 is now available in ASP.

  • Consultation on the implementation of T level programmes

    Advice December 2017

    The DfE outlined its commitment to co-creating the next phase of T level implementation in the T level Action Plan and has announced the launch of its public consultation on the implementation of T level programmes.

  • Oxford University launches free digital outreach portal

    Advice December 2017

    Oxford University has launched an innovative new digital outreach portal aimed at engaging students aged 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom.

  • Free books for your school library

    Advice December 2017

    Free school library or special school library packs are offered as part of the Book Trust’s reading for pleasure programmes that offer children a variety of books to inspire them to read for fun. Sign-ups operate on a first come first serve basis and registration closes on Friday 22 December.

  • Supporting apprenticeship take-up

    Advice December 2017

    The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge in Schools (ASK) project offers a range of inspirational and engaging apprenticeship and traineeship support to all learning establishments offering provision to Years 10 to 13.

  • Christmas decorations: safety advice

    Advice November 2017

    With the approach of the festive season, the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) has issued a reminder about putting up Christmas decorations safely in schools.

  • Ofqual consultation on GCSE computer science

    Advice November 2017

    Ofqual has announced a change to the way GCSE computer science will be assessed for this year’s Year 11 students and has launched a consultation.

  • Election of ASCL National President 2018/19

    Advice November 2017

    Nominations are now invited for the post of President 2018/19, for the presidential term of office beginning in September 2018.

  • Apprenticeship live broadcasts in schools

    Advice November 2017

    Schools in England can now access the latest apprenticeship information directly from employers and their apprentices - through a new broadcast initiative.

  • DfE guidance on raising awareness of technical education and apprenticeships

    Advice November 2017

    The DfE has published guidance for schools on letting pupils from Years 8 to 13 hear from a range of technical education and apprenticeship providers.

  • New Acas guides on mental health in the workplace

    Advice November 2017

    Acas has published new guidance on Promoting Positive Mental Health in the Workplace and has also published two shorter online guides on Dealing with Stress in the Workplace and on Managing Staff Experiencing Mental Ill Health.

  • ESFA real-time FAQ

    Advice November 2017

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has received a number of questions about its Land and Buildings Collection Tool (LBCT), and to help you with this and any other question/s you may have, ESFA is hosting an online real-time question and answer (Q&A) forum.

  • Inspections update: November 2017

    Advice November 2017

    Ofsted’s November School Inspection Update has been published and contains helpful messages regarding KS3 curriculum, prior attainment (including special schools), and short inspection conversions.

  • ACT for Youth: RUN HIDE TELL

    Advice November 2017

    Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) has collaborated with the PSHE Association to take terrorism safety advice into the UK’s classrooms for the first time.

  • Workload reduction toolkit

    Advice November 2017

    The DfE is developing a workload reduction toolkit to provide practical support to help governors, leaders, teachers and training providers remove unnecessary workload throughout their institutions.

  • Do you have any residential accommodation for 16-18 year-olds in your institution?

    Advice November 2017

    The national minimum standards were last revised in 2002 and much has changed in the sector since then. The DfE is conducting a consultation on revising and updating the standards, with the aim of making it easier both for institutions and Ofsted, and to provide protection for students.

  • National Citizen Service (NCS)

    Advice November 2017

    The DfE has launched a new practical guide to help schools and colleges across the country further engage with NCS and find out more about its benefits for pupils.

  • Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) - free resources

    Advice November 2017

    From September 2019, government legislation requires all secondary schools to teach Relationships and Sex Education (RSE or SRE). DO… collaboration, a group of leading RSE organisations and experts, has created a programme of free teaching resources for secondary schools.

  • Download the new FFT/ASCL 2017 KS4 school dashboard

    Advice November 2017

    Schools subscribing to FFT now have access to a full national analysis of their 2017 KS4 results. This year's reports include Attainment 8, Progress 8 and the new DfE 9-1 point score measures, together with results re-calculated from previous years.

  • Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF)

    Advice November 2017

    £100 million of revenue generated from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy will be used for the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF). This fund is intended to improve children’s and young people’s physical and mental health by enhancing access to facilities such as dining facilities and sports facilities.

  • Level 3 Value Added (L3VA) ready reckoner

    Advice November 2017

    The DfE is carrying out a survey about the L3VA ready reckoner. The L3VA ready reckoner is the tool the DfE provides to help schools and colleges calculate Level 3 value-added measures.

  • Application rounds for Teaching Schools and National Leaders of Education

    Advice November 2017

    The application rounds for Teaching Schools and National Leaders of Education opened on 1 November and will close at midnight, 7 December.

  • Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)

    Advice November 2017

    The CIF round for 2018/19 is now open. Smaller MATs, standalone academies and sixth form colleges can apply to the CIF for capital funding.

  • 16-19 Funding Campaign

    Advice November 2017

    In October 2017, the Sixth Form Colleges Association conducted an online survey of state schools (school sixth forms, academy sixth forms and free school sixth forms) and colleges (FE colleges and Sixth Form Colleges) in England.

  • Exclusion guidance - clarification for members

    Advice October 2017

    New statutory exclusion guidance for maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units came into effect on 1 September. Although, there have been no changes to the legislation, the ASCL Hotline has taken calls from members on one particular part of the guidance on page 8, paragraph 3.

  • MAT Development and Improvement Fund

    Advice October 2017

    The DfE has just launched a new grant aimed at supporting trusts in improving schools. In order to qualify, trusts must plan to either take into your trust and improve at least two additional schools or form a new MAT of two schools or more and improve them, both within the next 12 months.

  • Applications for 2018 Social Mobility Foundation Programmes now open

    Advice October 2017

    The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) supports ambitious young people from less-privileged backgrounds to access top universities and careers. They run completely free programmes featuring mentoring, internships with top companies, university application support, and skills workshops.

  • Joint Union Guidance: Fire Safety in Schools Post-Grenfell Fire

    Advice October 2017

    Following advice provided by the DfE in July 2017 and shared with members, ASCL, NEU and NAHT have published joint guidance to assist school leaders in understanding the risks to schools and how best to review fire risk assessments to ensure children and staff are kept safe.

  • School and College Funding: Lobby of Parliament 24 October 2017

    Advice October 2017

    A mass lobby of Parliament is to be held on Tuesday 24 October to tell MPs directly about the impact of real-terms school funding cuts. This is a joint action coordinated by the following unions: NEU, NAHT, ASCL, UNISON, GMB, and Unite.

  • National funding formula detailed school-level calculations are available now

    Advice October 2017

    Following the publication of the local authority reports that show the step-by-step calculations for the schools national funding formula, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has now published the reports for schools. The reports are available via the COLLECT system.

  • BBC Survey: What's happening to creative arts subjects in secondary schools?

    Advice October 2017

    Please check your school admin inbox today (17 October) for a BBC online survey that’s been sent out to all state-funded secondary schools in England.

  • Progress 8 toolkit

    Advice October 2017

    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.

  • Action Counters Terrorism - Youth Campaign

    Advice October 2017

    The DfE has asked us to make you aware of a new campaign aimed at informing young people on how to react to incidents involving firearms and other weapons. The Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) – Youth Campaign was launched last week by the counter-terrorism police and it is supported by the National

  • Ofsted: short inspection consultations

    Advice October 2017

    Ofsted published the outcome of its consultation on the conversion of short inspections in September. Following feedback, Ofsted has now published a second set of proposals and ASCL Inspections and Accountability now provides a summary of the consultation documents.

  • Analyse school performance (ASP) update

    Advice September 2017

    Key Stage 2 data is now available in ASP (the replacement service to RAISEonline) – this is provisional data for 2016/17. CLA data is not currently available, therefore breakdowns of data have not been published; this will be added at the end of October along with KS1 and Phonics data for 2017.

  • Redundancy

    Advice September 2017

    Redundancy situations are stressful and difficult, both for those facing a job loss and those having to make difficult decisions about staffing in the light of shrinking budgets.

  • Managing cases of infectious diseases in schools

    Advice September 2017

    Public Health England has published a practical guide on managing cases of infectious diseases in schools and other childcare settings.

  • Educate and Celebrate Best Practice Award Programme 2017-18

    Advice September 2017

    Educate & Celebrate are experts in transforming schools into LGBT Friendly places.The team are all experienced teachers who have made their own schools LGBT Friendly, they are also recognised by Ofsted for taking a whole-school approach to tackling ingrained attitudes.

  • New deal to help schools save cash on computer equipment - 2017

    Advice September 2017

    The DfE has launched the second in a series of aggregated procurements for schools considering buying new tablets, laptops or desktop devices. Schools buying devices could save thousands of pounds by taking advantage of a deal developed by the DfE and Crown Commercial Services (CCS).

  • Rise Above for Schools - new PHSE resources for schools

    Advice September 2017

    Public Health England (PHE) has launched Rise Above for Schools, providing new PSHE resources to support secondary school teachers when promoting positive health, wellbeing and resilience among young people aged 11 to 16.

  • Government response to primary assessment consultation

    Advice September 2017

    Last week, the government released its response to the consultation on primary assessment. ASCL has produced a detailed summary for members.

  • Suicide prevention guide

    Advice September 2017

    The Charity, PAPYRUS, has developed a new suicide prevention guide for teachers and school staff, Building suicide-safer schools and colleges.

  • Technical Award Update - certification for 2019

    Advice September 2017

    There are a number of technical awards, which have not been approved for league table points, in the latest update of qualifications counting in the 2019 performance tables. The list was released at the beginning of September.

  • Reviews of marking: centre-assessed marks

    Advice September 2017

    JCQ and its awarding body members (AQA, CCEA, OCR, Pearson and WJEC) have issued a reminder to centres that candidates must now be informed of their centre assessed marks (for example EPQ) so that they may request a review of the centre’s marking before marks are submitted to the awarding body.

  • Commission on Ethical Leadership - Moral DNA survey

    Advice September 2017

    ASCL’s Commission on Ethical Leadership is a national project to help school and college leaders think about the basis upon which they make judgements in and about schools or colleges. We’re inviting all of our members to participate in a quick and interesting survey as part of our preparatory work.

  • Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up funding

    Advice September 2017

    The DfE has confirmed the arrangements for Year 7 Literacy and numeracy catch up funding for 2017 to 2018.

  • PE and Sports Premium

    Advice September 2017

    The DfE has confirmed that the PE and Sports Premium grant will be increased in 2017/18. Allocations will be double those received in 2016/17.

  • Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions

    Advice September 2017

    The DfE's statutory guidance concerns the support of pupils with medical conditions at school.This statutory guidance is for maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units. It is also relevant for anyone else supporting children with medical conditions.

  • Early estimates of Attainment 8 averages by prior attainment

    Advice September 2017

    ASCL has been working with SISRA Ltd to provide early estimates for 2017 Attainment 8 averages. Schools using SISRA have been invited to opt in to an anonymised data sharing exercise.

  • Improved schools' benchmarking service launched

    Advice September 2017

    An improved schools' financial benchmarking service has been launched online by the DfE following feedback from users. The service enables LA-maintained schools and academies to compare their performance data and spending levels with schools that share similar characteristics.

  • Stepping stone qualifications

    Advice September 2017

    ESFA has published a list of the stepping stone qualifications that members can use for those students who are not resitting GCSEs but who are taking other English and maths qualifications.

  • Removal from sixth form - legal clarification

    Advice September 2017

    Following reports in the media, ASCL’s legal partner Browne Jacobson provides clarification for members.

  • Urgent request for members in schools with sixth forms and colleges

    Advice September 2017

    ASCL has been active in pressing the government for additional funding for schools and colleges and, with your help during the run up to the General Election, helped to raise awareness of the crisis in education. We are again asking for your assistance with a campaign for 16 to 19 funding.

  • GCSEs 2017: clarification on resit requirements for English

    Advice August 2017

    Following publication yesterday of this year's GCSE results, it has become apparent there is some confusion regarding the requirement and eligibility for resits for English. ASCL has therefore been in direct contact with Ofqual and the DfE to clarify this matter.

  • Update on Ofqual announcements on severe grading of MFL

    Advice August 2017

    ASCL along with ALL (Association for Language Learning), ISMLA (Independent Schools Modern Language Association) and HMC (Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference), wrote to the Chair of Ofqual to raise concerns regarding the severe grading of modern foreign languages (MFL) at GCSE and A level.

  • Vacancies: Ofqual and Ofsted Board members

    Advice August 2017

    The Secretary of State for Education is seeking to appoint up to five members to the Board of Ofqual and up to four members to the Board of Ofsted.

  • Academies Financial Handbook - 2017 version

    Advice August 2017

    This core document for academies has been reviewed and updated and the revised version published 27 July 2017. ASCL's Business Leadership Specialist Val Andrew provides a summary of the changes.

  • School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) 2017

    Advice August 2017

    The DfE have published the 2017 version of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document. The main change this year concerns the uplift to the minima and maxima and the pay ranges.

  • Discretionary Pay Reference Points Guidance

    Advice August 2017

    The Government published the recommendations of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) on teachers’ pay for 2017-18 on 10 July and indicated its intention, following formal consultation, to implement them with effect from 1 September 2017.

  • Key Stage 2 SATs marking: Standards and Testing Agency response

    Advice July 2017

    A number of members have raised concerns about the marking of the Key Stage 2 spelling, punctuation and grammar papers, particularly Paper 1 Question 2, which asked children to insert a semi-colon in the correct place in a sentence.

  • Ofsted consultation: Short inspections of good schools

    Advice July 2017

    Ofsted’s consultation on Short inspections of good schools closes at 11.30pm, 18 August 2017. The consultation seeks your views on proposals for changes to the short inspection approach for good maintained schools and academies from October 2017.

  • Caste in Great Britain and equality law: a public consultation

    Advice July 2017

    This consultation is an opportunity to respond on whether caste should be a separate aspect of race in the Equality Act 2010. It invites views from all those potentially affected by a legal prohibition against caste discrimination.

  • Ofsted inspectors: South East England

    Advice July 2017

    The Ofsted Director for the South East is keen to recruit some recently retired heads, or those who will be retiring in the next year or so to train and work as Ofsted inspectors. Ofsted is keen to increase the number of inspectors who are current headteachers or who have recently retired.

  • 2017 Headteacher board elections: nominations now open

    Advice July 2017

    Headteacher board (HTB) elections are being held across the eight Regional Schools Commissioner regions. HTBs were established in 2014 to advise and challenge the RSCs on the decisions they take, and provide an opportunity for the sector to help shape the school system in their region.

  • STRB's 27th report and draft STPCD 2017 consultation

    Advice July 2017

    The School Teachers’ Review Body 27th Report: 2017 was published 10 July 2017 and contains the recommendations on how to apply the pay award for teachers, due to be implemented from September. The DfE has also published a draft revised copy of the STPCD.

  • Information: barred check list for new members of academy trusts

    Advice July 2017

    The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has extended the use of Employer Access Online, which is accessed via Secure Access.

  • Period Poverty Project

    Advice July 2017

    As you may be aware, the issue of period poverty has been brought to light recently following an article that was published in The Guardian which highlighted that some disadvantaged female pupils were unable to afford sanitary products and as a result were absent from school during their period.

  • Off-payroll working rules for public authorities

    Advice July 2017

    HMRC has re-drafted the guidance for off-payroll working. Public authorities planning to offer a temporary job to someone who works through their own intermediary (often their own company, but could also be a partnership or another person), need to decide whether the off-payroll working rules apply.

  • RAISEonline update

    Advice July 2017

    The RAISEonline service will close on Monday 31 July. It is important that you save any data you need from RAISEonline such as school summary reports before this date.

  • Fire safety information from the DfE

    Advice July 2017

    Following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, building owners across the public sector estate are being contacted to ensure any risks are managed and dealt with appropriately and promptly. As part of this, the DfE is contacting all bodies responsible for safety in schools, FE Colleges and independent tr

  • What the Prevent duty means for schools and colleges in England - new report

    Advice July 2017

    A new report has been published on the Prevent Duty. Entitled ‘What the Prevent duty means for schools and colleges in England: An analysis of educationalists’ experiences’, the report highlights experiences of ‘front line’ education professionals in schools and colleges.

  • Girls' schools launch new leadership scheme to develop women headteachers

    Advice July 2017

    If you want to step up into a more senior role, but feel you don’t have the skills, this new leadership mentoring scheme may be for you. State and independent girls’ schools are working together to encourage women into top jobs.

  • Marking or moderation errors

    Advice July 2017

    Ofqual has announced that schools and colleges in England will in future have a second opportunity to challenge GCSE, AS level, A level and project results if they continue to have concerns about marking or moderation errors.

  • Ofqual workshops

    Advice June 2017

    Ofqual is inviting teachers from across the country to workshops to offer their perspectives on the assessment of this summer’s reformed GCSEs, AS and A levels.

  • Special consideration: Minimum requirements for enhanced grades reduced to 25%

    Advice June 2017

    The move to linear qualifications and recent tragic events have led the awarding organisations to review how enhanced grades are awarded for GCE and GCSE qualifications.

  • Queen's Birthday Honours

    Advice June 2017

    Congratulations from ASCL to all of our members, their staff and their governors who received honours this year from the Queen. The list recognises over 130 people who have made outstanding contributions to education, children’s services or advancing equality and diversity.

  • Sharing information with third parties

    Advice June 2017

    We have been made aware that some schools are receiving freedom of information (FOI) requests from suspicious email addresses. If you receive a request asking for information about your school or college, please do not share any information without investigating who you are sending it to first.

  • Use of teaching staff for cover and during gained time

    Advice June 2017

    We are often asked when teaching staff may be asked to cover lessons. The following information should provide assistance, however, please contact the member hotline if you have any additional queries.

  • Ramadan and exams, 2017: information for schools and colleges

    Advice May 2017

    In 2017, Ramadan coincides with the examination season, as it did last year. ASCL has again worked with imams, Islamic scholars, experts, Muslim chaplains in the education sector and leaders from a range of different theological persuasions to produce an information paper for schools and colleges.

  • Online training for primary school teachers

    Advice May 2017

    The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) believes that teachers play an important role in helping to shape children’s food understanding so it has launched a free online course on teaching food in primary school.

  • Strategic School Improvement Fund

    Advice May 2017

    The first round of the Strategic School Improvement Fund is now open. The £140 million Strategic School Improvement Fund is a grant to support primary, secondary, middle, all-through, pupil referral units, alternative provision and special academies and maintained schools.

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