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  • 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.

  • Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP) - June 2018

    Advice June 2018

    Please ensure you have completed your AMAP by the extended deadline of Monday 25 June. All local authorities, governing bodies and academy trusts should have plans in place to safely manage asbestos in school buildings.

  • Safeguarding – have your say

    Advice January 2016

    The NPCC (National Police Chiefs’ Council) would like to collect information on the nature and prevalence of child sexual exploitation (CSE) from all relevant agencies across England and Wales including schools.

  • How to manage a major incident or emergency

    Leader article Advice April 2014

    A death or accident can knock an institution sideways but a good disaster plan will enable you to control the immediate fallout and also avoid lasting damage to students, staff and/or reputation.

  • 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.

  • Fraud alert

    Advice March 2018

    The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is reporting increased activity in recent weeks where schools are being targeted by fraudsters. This has resulted in substantial financial losses for several schools that have fallen victim to this type of fraud.

  • 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.

  • Creating a Generation of Lifesavers Conference

    Advice January 2016

    26 February 2016, The Royal College of Physicians, London There is good evidence that the provision of resuscitation training in schools is associated with increased rates of bystander Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and improved survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

  • 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.

  • Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) – securing value for schools

    Advice July 2015

    Schools looking for the best deal when purchasing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) may be interested in this arrangement.

  • School nursing

    Advice September 2016

    The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has published a report, based on a survey, on Nursing in schools: how school nurses support pupils with long-term health conditions.

  • Launch of the #Knifefree Campaign

    Advice March 2018

    The Home Office has launched a new advertising campaign aimed at reducing knife crime. The campaign challenges the perception that carrying a knife is normal and makes young people safer.

  • Warning on the danger of magnetic ball bearings

    Advice February 2018

    We have been made aware that there is a new school craze involving magnetic ball bearings, which has resulted in some children having to undergo hospital treatment.

  • 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

  • Asbestos Management Guidance

    Advice March 2018

    ASCL Cymru have received notice that the Welsh Government is undertaking a review of the guidance available to schools on Asbestos Management.

  • #Knifefree Campaign - share your views

    Advice June 2018

    The Home Office is evaluating its #Knifefree Campaign and is keen to hear your views.

  • 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.

  • Storing chemicals

    Advice November 2016

    We have received calls to the ASCL hotline from members for advice about storing a chemical called 2,4-DNP (2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine). CLEAPSS, the schools science and technology advisory service has guidance on how 2,4-DNP should be stored.

  • New study into teachers' motivation and wellbeing

    Advice June 2018

    The University of Stirling is calling on teachers to complete a survey that will help inform a new study aiming to understand factors relevant to teachers’ enjoyment of work, response to pressures and possible disengagement from work.

  • Motor Insurance for Academy Schools (MIAS)

    Advice September 2018

    The DfE, in collaboration with a commercial motor vehicle insurance broker, is looking to develop a Motor Insurance for Academy Schools (MIAS) solution.

  • Asbestos management in schools and colleges

    Advice August 2014

    The DfE is producing revised guidance on asbestos management. In the meantime, members may find it useful to read the guidance on Asbestos management in schools that has been published by the Welsh government.

  • Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP)

    Advice April 2018

    The ESFA has recently published the Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP) online portal user-guide on GOV.UK. Responsible Bodies (RBs) are being asked to complete the AMAP.

  • 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.

  • Would your students know what to do if someone's heart suddenly stops beating?

    Advice March 2018

    The Resuscitation Council (UK) is determined to teach young people essential life-saving skills through Lifesaver – a free film-in-a-game that allows viewers to step into an emergency situation and learn crucial life-saving skills.

  • Asbestos in schools

    Advice February 2016

    In March 2015, the DfE concluded a review of its policy on the management of asbestos in schools. The outcomes from the review included the issuing of updated guidance, Managing Asbestos in Your School, and a call for a clearer picture of how asbestos is managed in schools across England.

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education: DBS and Foreign Exchange Host Families

    Advice June 2018

    A revised version of the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance was published by the DfE on 17 May 2018. The new guidance comes into force on 3 September 2018. With DBS checks for UK host families, the new guidance still states that schools and colleges “should” request a DBS certificate.

  • KS3 and KS4 #knifefree lesson plans

    Advice July 2018

    The Home Office and the PSHE association have launched new #knifefree education lessons to challenge myths and communicate the realities of carrying a knife to secondary school students, using the Home Office #knifefree campaign as stimulus for discussion.

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education - revised guidance

    Advice June 2018

    The DfE published a revised version of the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance on 17 May 2018, and comes into force on 3 September 2018 and has been published early to enable schools and colleges to prepare. It follows a consultation in which ASCL collaborated closely with the DfE.

  • World Mental Health Day

    Advice October 2018

    World Mental Health Day takes place on 10 October every year. This year’s theme is ‘young people and mental health in a changing world’ and to mark the occasion, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England is launching a new set of free resources designed to support young people aged 8 to 24.

  • New self-assessment and improvement tool launched for emotional wellbeing and mental health in schools

    Advice October 2016

    National Children’s Bureau and the Partnership for Well Being and Mental Health in Schools launch a new Self-assessment and Improvement Tool for Emotional Well-being and Mental Health in schools.

  • Teach alcohol awareness with Drinkaware for Education

    Advice November 2016

    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.

  • Guidance on school uniform

    Advice September 2016

    The DfE published non-statutory guidance in September 2013 relating to best practice on developing school uniform policy.

  • Asbestos management

    Advice February 2017

    The Education Funding Agency (EFA) has published new guidance aimed at schools, local authorities and trusts in understanding their obligations and duties in relation to asbestos management in schools. The guidance was first published in March 2015 and has been updated with more information.

  • 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.

  • Emergency salbutamol Inhalers for children suffering from asthma

    Advice September 2014

    The Government published new guidance on 27 August after a consultation where the responses were overwhelmingly supportive of changing the law to allow schools to hold emergency salbutamol inhalers.

  • Free mental health resources

    Advice December 2016

    Time to Change is a growing movement changing the way we all think and act about mental health problems, with an emphasis on breaking down stigma.

  • Working together to safeguard children

    Advice July 2018

    The DfE has published two pieces of statutory safeguarding guidance. These set the framework within which all practitioners should operate in order to protect children and young people from abuse and neglect, and promote their best interests.

  • Travel advice to France

    Advice November 2015

    The current state of emergency in France has meant that all school activities for French schoolchildren have been stopped until the weekend (Sunday 22 November 2015). The UK government has posted the following advice from the French Government on its website.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Period poverty - survey

    Advice March 2018

    Research by Plan UK in 2017 found that one in ten girls were unable to afford period products. Girlguiding UK want to tackle the stigma around periods and ensure girls who need them can access free period products at their school or college.

  • 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.

  • Extremism and radicalisation

    Leader article May 2015

    David Wright explores the dangers to children’s wellbeing posed by political extremists on social media and outlines the steps schools can take to protect students from indoctrination online.

  • New safeguarding guidance

    Advice April 2014

    On 3 April, the government published new safeguarding guidance: Keeping Children Safe in Education; Statutory Guidance for Schools and Further Education Colleges. The new guidance replaces Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education 2006.

  • Health and Safety Executive launches tool to tackle stress in schools

    Advice September 2018

    The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Go Home Healthy campaign has launched a new tool aimed at helping schools to prevent work-related stress. The HSE launched the Go Home Healthy campaign last year as part of its health and work programme.