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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Removal from sixth form - legal clarification

    Advice September 2017

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Putting Pupils First

    Advice May 2017

    The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the professional body for the UK recruitment industry, has updated its essential guide to safeguarding and good recruitment practice, Putting Pupils First.

  • 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.

  • Drive IQ Resources

    Advice January 2017

    Drive IQ is an award winning, state of the art software programme that is aimed to address young people’s attitude and behaviour when they start out being passengers in cars driven by young drivers, or become drivers themselves.

  • 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.

  • Timelines for schools: mandatory and useful information

    Advice January 2017

    The DfE has published spring term 2017 timelines to help headteachers, principals and governors plan for the term and academic year ahead.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Take part in new research on staff experiences of the Prevent duty

    Advice November 2016

    ‘What the Prevent duty means for schools and colleges in England’ is an independent, university led, academic research project. Please have your say by completing a 20-minute online survey on this important issue.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Required content of school and college websites

    Advice September 2016

    All maintained schools, together with academies, free schools, studio schools, UTCs, sixth form and FE colleges, must publish specific information on their websites.

  • School census: Nationality and country of birth information

    Advice September 2016

    This year’s schools census includes questions about a pupil’s nationality and country of birth.

  • 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.

  • The Education (Pupil Information) (England) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2016

    Advice September 2016

    Amendments have been made to the Education (Information about Individual Pupils)(England) Regulations 2013 (S.I. 2013/2094) and the Education (Pupil Information) (England) Regulations 2005 (S.I. 2005/1437).

  • Exam Results Helpline

    Advice August 2016

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

  • Will increasing selection improve social mobility?

    Information paper August 2016

    There are 164 grammar schools in England (2011-12), educating 161,000 students. About 4% of all Year 7 pupils attend grammar schools nationally, but this rises to more than 25% in selective authorities, particularly Buckinghamshire, Kent, Slough and Trafford.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ramadan and exams, 2016 Information Paper

    Advice April 2016

    The intention of this paper is to provide information and practical advice for schools and colleges; ASCL does not endorse any particular interpretation of Islamic law or practice.

  • Stem the tide

    Leader article March 2016

    School and college leaders need to take the initiative and accept collective responsibility for the recruitment and retention of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers before it’s too late, says Sir Michael Griffiths.

  • Young Carers in Schools

    Advice February 2016

    Young Carers in Schools is a free initiative to help primary and secondary schools to increase identification, improve outcomes and gain recognition for good practice through the Young Carers in Schools Award.

  • Prevent duty

    Advice February 2016

    During the first week of February 2016, the Islamic Human Rights Commission circulated an email to a large number of schools highlighting concerns about the Prevent duty.

  • Ramadan and exams

    Advice February 2016

    This summer (2016) and for the next few years, Ramadan falls in the exam season (estimated start date 6 June). There is concern about the potential negative impact fasting (for approximately 19 hours), and dehydration may have on exam performance. ASCL is currently consulting with faith leaders.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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”.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Root causes

    Leader article October 2014

    Andrew Thraves looks at how attitudinal surveys can help senior leaders understand the causes of challenging behaviour and provide evidence of improvement when inspectors come calling.

  • 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.

  • Taking action: Achieving a culture change in careers provision

    Advice September 2014

    An in-depth study of careers advice and support for young people Edit | Delete reveals massive variation across England. It shows that in one region there are 134 careers providers whilst in another there is one.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Supporting pupils with medical conditions

    Advice June 2014

    The DfE has published revised guidance on supporting pupils at school with medical conditions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Premium: Make it pay

    Leader article March 2014

    The Pupil Premium gives us a huge opportunity to change for the better the lives of poor and disadvantaged young people, says John Dunford. We need to exploit it to the full.

  • 16-19 latest funding developments

    Advice March 2014

    The EFA has issued updated student numbers to a number of schools and academies.

  • Free meals in FE from September 2014

    Advice March 2014

    The guidance for institutions is in draft form and should be issued shortly. It is likely that the guidance will require institutions to use the funding for meals for eligible students only.

  • 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

  • The Pupil Premium Summer Schools Programme 2014

    Advice February 2014

    Secondary schools can now apply for funding for this year’s Summer Schools Programme.

  • No notice inspections of behaviour

    Advice February 2014

    Ofsted has reiterated its commitment to a rolling programme of no notice inspections of behaviour that can be triggered by parental concerns over discipline or as a result of a recent Ofsted inspection.

  • Sense of direction?

    Leader article February 2014

    A new special needs code of practice is being heralded by the government as ‘the biggest shake-up of special educational needs (SEN) in 30 years’. Jonathan Fawcett looks at what leaders can expect and sees some potential problems looming.

  • E-cigarette ban

    Advice January 2014

    The government has announced a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to under 18-year olds.