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  • Commonwealth Education Pack

    Advice February 2018

    The DfE has recently published its Commonwealth 2018 Classroom Education pack. The free resource has been designed in collaboration with the British Council and Commonwealth Secretariat.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cyberbullying: understand, prevent and respond guidance and toolkit launched

    Advice November 2016

    Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working to help make the internet a safe place for children, has launched Cyberbullying: Understand, Prevent and Respond Guidance for Schools.

  • Safer Internet Day - 6 February

    Advice January 2018

    This year’s theme for Safer Internet Day is ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect, a better internet starts with you’. Free lesson packs in English and Welsh are now available to download.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Prevent Duty: safeguarding children and young people against radicalisation and extremism

    Advice October 2015

    On 1 July 2015 the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 introduced the Prevent Duty on schools and colleges, as well as specified authorities such as local authorities, health and the police, “to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

  • The 'Know Before You Go' teachers' pack

    Advice October 2016

    The Foreign Office has introduced a new Know Before You Go (KBYG) resource, designed for teaching during tutor time as part of your PSHE/PSE/PCHE timetabling or to support the personal and social aspects of the courses listed in the curriculum links section of these notes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Extreme Dialogue

    Advice November 2016

    Launched in July 2016, the Extreme Dialogue project aims to reduce the appeal of extremism among young people and offer a positive alternative to the increasing amounts of extremist propaganda available online.

  • 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.

  • Restart a Heart day of action

    Advice July 2018

    Restart a Heart is a designated yearly day of action with the aim to teach vital life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills to as many people as possible.

  • Removal from sixth form - legal clarification

    Advice September 2017

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

  • 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.

  • National Cyber Security Centre CyberFirst courses

    Advice May 2018

    The National Cyber Security Centre is running free, short residential and non-residential CyberFirst courses this summer for 14 to 17 year-olds, designed to introduce young people to the world of cyber security.

  • 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.

  • Edexcel A level maths exam - June 2018

    Advice June 2018

    We are aware of the allegations of malpractice or wrongdoing in relation to Edexcel’s A level C4 maths paper taken on 22 June 2018. ASCL is in discussions with Ofqual seeking urgent clarification of the situation.

  • 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.

  • Modern Slavery

    Advice November 2016

    Modern slavery includes victims of human trafficking, forced labour, servitude, criminal and sexual exploitation. It is a growing global problem affecting adults and children, with an estimated 29.8 million slaves around the world.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • School census

    Advice January 2017

    The Spring Census date for 2016/17 was 19 January 2017. The census data is used to allocate core funding for both pre-16 and post-16 pupils, so accuracy is crucial.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Education union leaders join forces for pre-budget video

    Advice October 2018

    Headteachers and teachers across England are being encouraged to write to their MPs over the school funding crisis in the run-up to the Budget on 29 October.

  • 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.

  • #Knifefree Campaign - share your views

    Advice June 2018

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

  • Anti-fraud lesson plans

    Advice October 2018

    Together with PSHE Association, and Economic education, Cifas, the fraud prevention organisation, has created four Anti-Fraud Education lesson plans with accompanying resources. The lesson plans are aimed at 11-16 year-olds and cover Key Stages 3 and 4.

  • 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?

  • Drive IQ

    Advice July 2016

    Many 17 or 18 year-olds will have passed their driving tests this term, ready for the freedom of the open road in their summer holidays.

  • Careers guidance briefings

    Advice February 2018

    Following the launch of the governments new Careers Strategy and statutory guidance, the Careers & Enterprise Company is running a series of briefings entitled, Implementing the Careers Strategy: A Careers and Enterprise Company Briefing for senior leaders.

  • 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.

  • The Global Challenge

    Advice February 2018

    The Global Challenge is a virtual team-based challenge set over 100 days (with a 12-month subscription) that focuses on improving the health, wellbeing, performance of individuals, and the culture of organisations.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • End of Key Stage Assessments Letter to Schools from Department of Education (DE)

    Advice October 2015

    ASCL Northern Ireland has been made aware by our members of the letter sent out to schools on 18 September 2015 regarding the reporting of outcomes of Key Stage 3 Assessments.

  • Equal Chance Campaign

    Advice July 2018

    Adoption UK launched its Equal Chance Campaign on 27 June with an event in Westminster for decision-makers and sector leaders. The campaign aims to give all adopted and traumatised pupils an equal chance in school by influencing education policy in all four UK nations.

  • 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).

  • STEM careers showcase

    Advice March 2018

    On 24 May 2018, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is holding a STEM Careers Showcase specifically for girls aged from 11-15 years.

  • Supporting disadvantaged pupils

    Advice December 2015

    The DfE and NFER have published a briefing for school leaders on supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils together with a shorter note that identifies seven building blocks that are more successful in raising disadvantaged pupils’ attainment.

  • 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).

  • Careers and employer engagement

    Leader article July 2014

    Close links with employers can pay dividends for schools and colleges in terms of introducing young people to the working world and to the skills and qualities that will make them employable in the future, as Karleeen Dowden explains.

  • Ofqual updates - April 2019

    Advice April 2019

    Updates from Ofqual: Exams officers, consultation, and exam pressure and test anxiety resources.

  • Young people’s mental health

    Advice December 2015

    In light of the growing concerns about mental health issues among young people, members may find two documents from DfE guidance helpful: Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools and Counselling in Schools.

  • Dealing with bereavement and loss

    Advice December 2018

    Safeguarding and duty-of-care training specialists, EduCare, has launched its Dealing with Bereavement and Loss course, in partnership with Winston’s Wish – the UK’s first childhood bereavement charity.

  • Keeping children safe in education

    Advice October 2014

    Members should note that the revised guidance was published on 10 October. Although the majority of the changes relate to early years and children under the age of eight, members are advised to ensure that they have checked their policies and practices against this most recent statutory guidance.

  • New duty to report incidents of female genital mutilation (FGM)

    Advice October 2015

    The Serious Crime Act 2015 introduced a new duty on teachers, social workers and healthcare professionals to report to the police known cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) involving victims aged under 18.

  • Updated guidance on mental health and behaviour

    Advice November 2018

    The Government has updated its non statutory guidance on mental health and behaviour. This guidance is for school staff and applies to all schools.

  • Free support available for your school or college

    Advice September 2018

    Inspiring the Future is a free national service which uses innovative match-making technology to connect your students with volunteers.

  • 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.

  • New guidance published by KIDS charity

    Advice May 2016

    KIDS – a charity that cares for over 8,000 disabled children, young people and their families, has published new guidance that has been funded by the DfE.

  • National Citizen Service Champion Schools

    Advice February 2017

    National Citizen Service (NCS), supported by ASCL and endorsed by Education Secretary Justine Greening, has awarded ‘Champion School’ status to 345 schools across England.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Change4Life free resources

    Advice July 2019

    The latest Change4Life with Disney resource packs have now launched.

  • 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.

  • Updated DfE guidance: Children Missing Education

    Advice September 2016

    Following the consultation on children missing education, the DfE has revised the ‘Children Missing Education’ statutory guidance.

  • 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.

  • Has your school registered to Parent Info?

    Advice November 2018

    Parent Info is a free website and newsfeed for parents and carers. Its newsfeed function enables schools and family-focused organisations to host and share expert advice and information through their own websites.

  • We all have mental health toolkit

    Advice October 2018

    The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has launched a new teacher toolkit and animation called 'We all have mental health'.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Contextual Safeguarding Network

    Advice December 2018

    The Contextual Safeguarding Network brings together practitioners, researchers, and policy makers who are committed to protecting young people from harm outside of the home. It is free and open to practitioners across the UK, and provides access to resources including a school assessment toolkit.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • DfE publishes assessment principles

    Advice April 2014

    The DfE has published a set of recommended assessment principles to help schools to effectively assess their pupils’ progress against their school curriculum.

  • Changing outlook

    Leader article September 2014

    Reforms coming in for September represent a shift in political thinking about special educational needs (SEN), and while many of the changes are welcome, there could be unforeseen, negative consequences for young people, schools and colleges. Anna Cole sets out what leaders need to know.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Updated guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education

    Advice July 2016

    Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment was updated on 26 May and it comes into force on 5 September 2016.

  • 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.

  • Advice from Pearson on changes to BTEC assessment

    Advice May 2014

    Pearson have asked us to make some advice and guidance available to members following some expressions of concern from ASCL members about changes to BTEC assessment.

  • Updated Home Office guidance to help teachers identify victims of county lines

    Advice October 2018

    To safeguard vulnerable young people from being exploited by county line gangs, the Home Office is working to increase awareness of the signs to spot potential victims among professionals, including teachers and school staff who work with children and young people.

  • Applications for 2019 Social Mobility Foundation Programmes now open

    Advice November 2018

    The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) supports ambitious young people from low income backgrounds to access top universities and careers.

  • GCSE combined science grading update

    Advice August 2018

    The safety net grade for combined science in 2018 was expected to be 4-3 on the higher tier. During the awarding period, exam boards reported to Ofqual that while they were confident in standards set at 4-4, there were more students than expected getting an unclassified result on the higher tier.

  • 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.

  • Careers guidance survey - share your views

    Advice August 2018

    The Gatsby Foundation has commissioned Pye Tait Consulting to carry out a targeted survey of school and college leaders to understand what they think about the subject of careers guidance, and how these views have changed since the release in December 2017 of the Government’s Careers Strategy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New free school meals guidance

    Advice April 2018

    The DfE has published guidance for schools and local authorities which sets out the updated criteria used to determine which pupils are entitled to free school meals from 1 April 2018.

  • 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.

  • Intellectual Property - free resources

    Advice January 2018

    The Intellectual Property Office, formerly known as the Patent Office, has produced a range of free to use teaching materials that provide clearly structured curriculum-linked sessions to help you explain and explore intellectual property with your students across a range of subjects.

  • Powers of intervention

    Leader article September 2014

    Events towards the end of the last school year have made the basis and extent of powers of intervention in schools of greater interest, as Leora Cruddas explains.

  • 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.

  • Children’s needs first

    Leader article May 2014

    Richard Bird examines new government guidance on safeguarding and is reassured to find it emphasises professional judgement rather than box-ticking.

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