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  • #Knifefree Campaign - share your views

    Advice June 2018

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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • An Exploratory Evaluation Framework: safety, safeguarding and radicalisation

    Guidance paper October 2015

    This exploratory evaluation framework is relevant to all school leaders and staff in all schools and colleges and outlines the statutory duties in relation to safety and safeguarding, the Prevent duty, equalities, British values and the curriculum.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Careers engagement: a good practice brief for leaders of schools and colleges

    Advice April 2014

    Careers engagement: a good practice brief for leaders of schools and colleges is published in partnership between NFER, ASCL, ATL and the 157 Group of colleges who have come together to support schools and colleges to help young people to take charge of their careers and futures.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Combat homophobia in schools

    Advice January 2017

    Just Like Us is building a national network of university student volunteers, giving them the skills they need to communicate with impact, and sending them into secondary schools and colleges to share their stories, champion LGBT and equality and explain why LGBT and equality is everyone's issue.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Development of UCAS services

    Advice May 2018

    Following UCAS’ refreshed strategy – Future Focus – it is developing two new services.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Digital awareness resource

    Advice June 2018

    HMC and Digital Awareness UK have produced a ground-breaking video and lesson plans on digital addiction which they are sharing with all schools.

  • Disability Matters in Employment: new resource for schools and colleges

    Advice September 2018

    A new resource is available to support further education colleges and schools, and help them build links with employers to create and sustain supported internships and lasting employment opportunities for disabled young adults.

  • 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.

  • Drive iQ resources

    Advice February 2018

    Drive iQ is a free virtual experience of driving for young people that will improve their skills and that is perfect to set for homework or run as workshops in tutorials or PSHE.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Educating young people about Islamophobia

    Advice May 2018

    Equaliteach, an organisation specialising in equality training, has produced resources, including worksheets, lesson plans and videos, for both primary and secondary teachers to work with young people and educate them about Islamophobia.

  • Education and Islam

    Advice August 2016

    Videos and information on education and Islam following Sir Michael Barber's plenary session at the Inspiring Leadership Conference 2016.

  • Education packs and resources for Safer Internet Day, 5 February 2019

    Advice November 2018

    The theme for Safer Internet Day 2019 is 'Together for a better internet', with a focus on the issues surrounding consent online.

  • 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.

  • Educational Trusts' Forum

    Advice April 2016

    British charity the Educational Trusts’ Forum (ETF) is an association of 20 Educational Trusts, dedicated to supporting vulnerable children and young adults by helping to facilitate a good education.

  • 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.

  • Erasmus and funding opportunities for schools

    Advice September 2018

    Get the essential information on Erasmus funding and eTwinning opportunities at twilight sessions across the UK.

  • Exam Results Helpline

    Advice August 2016

    The DfE will be opening its Exam Results Helpline on Thursday 18 August.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • FGM campaign

    Advice October 2018

    The Home Office has launched a campaign on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to help tackle this crime and protect vulnerable women and girls.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Free coding sessions

    Advice November 2018

    From 27 November 2018, people can register for thousands of free Hour of Code sessions available at all Apple Store locations from 1 to 14 December. The sessions will provide opportunities for people at a variety of skill levels to learn coding.

  • 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.

  • Free meals guidance for 16 to 18 year-old students

    Advice April 2016

    The EFA has published guidance for schools and colleges on providing free meals to disadvantaged 16 to 18 year-old students in further education (FE) funded institutions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Free school meals guidance

    Advice May 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. This reflects the introduction of Universal Credit and the phasing out of other income-based benefits.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • GCSE combined science grading update

    Advice April 2018

    AQA, CCEA, OCR, Pearson and WJEC have released a joint provisional timetable for GCSE, AS and A level exams for summer 2019 via JCQ. The common timetable, which you can view here, captures the exam boards' plans for next year.

  • 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.

  • Guidance on female genital mutilation

    Advice April 2016

    The government has published, under powers in the Serious Crime Act 2015, multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) and a consultation response.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Have your say on counter terrorism resources for schools

    Advice March 2019

    In 2017, following the Manchester Arena terror attack, Counter Terrorism Policing launched ACT for Youth: Run Hide Tell to raise awareness amongst young people on how to react if caught up in a gun or knife terror attack.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Impact: The Science of Learning complementary journal

    Advice February 2018

    A complementary journal from the Chartered College of Teaching, sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, will arrive in every UK school from Monday 26 February.

  • Implications and Implementation of DfE Careers Guidance and Inspiration

    Guidance paper May 2014

    Ofsted recommended in its Going in the Right Direction? Careers Guidance in Schools from September 2012 report that the government should provide clear and more explicit guidance to schools.

  • Increase in Erasmus budget and new opportunities for 2018

    Advice February 2018

    For 2018, €30 million will be available to UK schools to apply for Erasmus activities, compared to €21 million in 2017.

  • Independent Family Returns Panel (IFRP)

    Advice February 2014

    The IFRP was introduced to monitor and improve the method of returning to their native country families who have exhausted their legal challenges to remain in the UK and refuse to leave by voluntary means. The panel provides independent advice to the Home Office which helps to ensure that individual

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • National School Breakfast Programme

    Advice November 2018

    Schools in disadvantaged areas of England are being encouraged to sign up to receive free, healthy breakfast food and expert support, as part of a big recruitment drive for the DfE’s National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP).

  • NCS Showcase events

    Advice May 2018

    NCS is inviting schools and colleges to come along to one of its showcase events for its 2020 programme. NCS is a not-for-profit-organisation which has supported more than 400,000 young people to help build their self-confidence and belief, and learn new skills for life and work.

  • 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.

  • New DfE anti-bullying documents

    Advice June 2018

    The DfE has published two new anti-bullying documents.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ofqual updates - April 2019

    Advice April 2019

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

  • Ofsted: 101 ideas to help you manage inspection

    Advice January 2018

    Schools should not have to spend lots of time preparing for inspection, but there are some things leaders can do to manage the process effectively. In our new guide ASCL’s Inspection and Accountability Specialist Stephen Rollett shares his top tips to help you through the visit and beyond.

  • Online safety

    Advice January 2017

    The UK Council for Child Internet Safety Education Group has developed guidance for school governors to help governing boards support their school leaders to keep children safe online.

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