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  • 10-point plan to tackle recruitment crisis

    Advice April 2015

    ASCL has drawn up a 10-point plan to tackle the ongoing teacher recruitment crisis, with proposals for both government and the teaching profession.

  • AMAP re-opened to February 2019

    Advice December 2018

    There has been an extension to the Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP).

  • 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.

  • Annual pension increase

    Advice February 2014

    Members receiving pensions from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS), Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) or other public sector pensions, will receive a pension increase from April 2014.

  • 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.

  • Apprenticeships - updated guidance

    Advice July 2018

    The DfE has published updated guidance for schools on using apprentices in your workforce and spending levy contributions.

  • Apprenticeships in schools - updated guidance

    Advice September 2018

    The DfE has published updated guidance for schools on using apprentices in your workforce and spending your levy contributions.

  • ASCL summary of the Workload Reports

    Advice March 2016

    ASCL has previously welcomed the government’s recognition of the problem of workload. All parts of the education system do indeed have a role to play in reducing the unnecessary tasks that take teachers and school leaders away from their core task: improving outcomes for children.

  • Be true to your SEF

    Leader article May 2014

    As Ofsted announces a shake-up of the inspection framework, Tony Thornley looks at how approaches to school self-evaluation have evolved and explores what a genuinely useful SEF should contain.

  • Brighter Twilight

    Leader article October 2014

    ASCL’s learning after school programmes for would-be senior leaders are proving a popular alternative to the ‘sheep-dip model’ of Inset training days. Liz Lightfoot reports.

  • Calling all maths experts

    Advice November 2015

    The Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) is seeking applications from three to four individuals to join an expert panel that will develop a project on the professional development learning journey for all teachers of mathematics.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chartered Teacher Status

    Advice November 2018

    The Chartered College of Teaching is now accepting applications to join the next cohort of its Chartered Teacher Programme (CTeach). Chartered Teacher status recognises excellent teachers and their skills, knowledge and behaviours, in delivering the best possible education for young people.

  • 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.

  • Comparison of overseas qualifications for teachers

    Advice May 2015

    The DfE has published updated guidance about overseas qualifications. The guidance supports initial teacher training (ITT) providers and applicants in making a judgement about the equivalent UK degree classification of an overseas qualification.

  • Controlling access to school premises

    Advice December 2018

    The DfE published guidance to help schools understand what they should do to remove someone who is on the premises without permission.

  • 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.

  • DfE advice on trade union facilities time

    Advice January 2014

    The DfE has published non-statutory advice on trade union facilities time. By law, trade union representatives are entitled to reasonable paid time off from their regular job to enable them to perform their union duties and to undertake relevant training.

  • DfE event: reducing teacher workload

    Advice January 2018

    The DfE Teacher Workload Unit, in collaboration with school leaders and teachers across the country, is running a series of events to showcase work that is currently being done in schools to effectively reduce teacher workload.

  • DfE Teacher Workload Survey 2016

    Advice March 2016

    The DfE Teacher Workload survey is now underway. This survey will help track teacher workload so that further action can be taken where necessary.

  • Discretionary pay reference points guidance 2018-19

    Advice September 2018

    The government published the recommendations of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) on teachers’ pay for 2018-19 on 24 July and indicated its intention, following formal consultation, to implement them with effect from 1 September 2018.

  • Discretionary Reference Pay Points

    Advice September 2014

    In line with the recommendations in the STRB’s 24th Report, the STPCD 14 has had a 1% uplift applied to the statutory minima and maxima of all pay ranges. However the document only includes discretionary reference points for the main pay range and leadership group pay range.

  • Do the right thing

    Leader article March 2014

    Four recommendations in the recent report on whistleblowing by charity Public Concern at Work are particularly significant for schools and colleges, says Richard Bird.

  • Does your governing board or clerk make a significant impact on your school?

    Advice September 2018

    The Outstanding Governance Awards 2019 are the only national awards that celebrate school governors, trustees and clerks.

  • Due diligence guidance

    Advice March 2019

    The DfE has published best practice guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools, local authorities and academy trusts on Due Diligence in Academies and Maintained Schools.

  • 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.

  • Educational Honours: Your Nominations Are Needed!

    Advice June 2016

    The Education Honours Committee for the UK is keen to increase the number of nominations for deserving people in education and needs your help in making nominations. The committee wants to ensure that people working and volunteering in education, are recognised for their outstanding efforts.

  • Employer dress codes

    Advice May 2018

    The government has published new guidance on dress codes. The guidance comes from the back of an inquiry following a petition in 2016.

  • Erasmus funding for UK schools 2019

    Advice February 2019

    Are you interested in funding for professional development? Erasmus funds school teachers, managers and leaders to job shadow or teach abroad – a great way to gain fresh ideas and get inspired.

  • EU settlement scheme - important notice for schools/colleges currently employing EU nationals

    Advice August 2018

    The government has launched a new communications toolkit, part of a package of support for employers, industry sector bodies and community groups on the EU Settlement Scheme.

  • Evaluation framework on safety, safeguarding and radicalisation

    Guidance paper December 2014

    This exploratory evaluation framework does not provide a complete or comprehensive framework that will ensure compliance with all general and specific duties set out in each of the legislative frameworks referred to in the guidance.

  • Extending the right to request flexible working is delayed

    Advice March 2014

    The extension of the right to request flexible working was intended to come into force in April 2014. However, this was dependent on a clause in the Children and Families Bill 2013, which has only just received Royal Assent.

  • 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.

  • FAQs on conflicts of interest and declarations

    Advice January 2019

    We are pleased to announce that following calls from ASCL, JCQ has now produced a set of FAQs giving more clarification around conflicts of interest and declarations in relation to the design, delivery and assessment of examinations for centres.

  • Florence Kirkby MBE, longstanding ASCL stalwart

    Advice January 2019

    It is with great sadness that we are sharing with you the news that Honorary ASCL Member, Florence Kirkby MBE, passed away earlier this month. For over 50 years, Florence worked tirelessly for the Association and for education as a whole.

  • 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.

  • 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 search and listing service for teaching roles

    Advice September 2018

    The DfE has set out plans to roll out the free national search and listing service for teaching roles in schools – across schools in England. Schools will be invited to start listing roles on the service according to which Regional School Commissioner (RSC) region they're in.

  • Funding for teachers to travel abroad to study teaching methods

    Advice November 2018

    The Iain Grant Charitable Trust provides funding for teachers who are interested in travelling abroad to study teaching methods used in other countries.

  • 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.

  • Good practice on competition among institutions

    Guidance paper March 2014

    This paper is a response to the current changing vista of education, following the Academies Act 2010 and the influx of free schools; academy chains; as well as various groups of institutions appearing in the market place, and how they function within that market place.

  • 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 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.

  • Guidance on the headteacher standards

    Advice January 2015

    The DfE has published a new set of headteacher standards for England, titled National Standards for Excellence for Headteachers. These are non-mandatory standards intended to be suitable for use across all types of schools and colleges.

  • Have your say on teacher recruitment and retention

    Advice July 2018

    The DfE is hosting a series of events around the country, including workshops and discussions, to provide teachers with an opportunity to help shape the department’s policy development.

  • Headteacher standards

    Advice April 2014

    The DfE has announced a review of the 2004 National Standards for Headteachers. The aim of the review is to establish a set of standards that are unequivocal, clear, easy to understand and focus primarily on the key elements of high-quality school and system leadership.

  • 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.

  • Help in testing times

    Leader article February 2014

    In the event of illness or worse, what pension benefits can you or your family draw on? David Binnie explains.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Industrial action

    Advice June 2014

    The NUT and Unison are taking industrial action in the form of a national strike on 10 July as part of the ongoing dispute over pay, pensions and workload.

  • 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.

  • Initial teacher education

    Advice June 2015

    Important update for all schools employing School Direct or running school-led ITE from NCTL on behalf of the DfE, ‘Initial teacher training (ITT) criteria: supporting advice’.

  • 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.

  • 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 LGBTed

    Advice April 2018

    Following on from the success of #WomenEd and #BAMEed, #LGBTed is launching on Saturday 2 June in London.

  • 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.

  • Leadership Equality and Diversity Fund: for school-led programmes

    Advice September 2016

    The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is inviting lead schools, on behalf of groups or alliances of schools to apply for grant funding to design and deliver leadership programmes.

  • Leadership of Professional Development and Learning

    Guidance paper September 2015

    This guidance is for senior leaders with responsibility for continuous professional development and learning (CPDL) for teachers, whether in a standalone school or group of schools such as a federation, multi-academy trust or teaching school alliance.

  • Leading and Governing Groups of Schools

    Guidance paper March 2015

    This guidance is for senior leaders, governors and trustees who are considering growing their stand-alone academy trust or establishing a multi-academy trust (MAT) or federation. It is intended to be a general guide, not a comprehensive list covering every consideration.

  • Leading Women to Headship – The Summit

    Advice December 2015

    Women headteachers are still under-represented in our schools, with the number of female heads falling short of the proportion of women in teaching.

  • Leading Women's Alliance Summit 2017

    Advice November 2016

    ASCL is delighted to be supporting the second Leading Women’s Alliance Summit, Seizing Opportunities – Leading Women to Headship and Beyond.

  • Let Teachers SHINE national competition for teachers

    April 2016

    Do you know a teacher with an innovative idea to raise attainment? If so, they could win £15,000.

  • Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants

    Advice January 2017

    Evidence from the Education Endowment Foundation has shown that when Teaching Assistants are trained to deliver structured one-on-one or small-group interventions, they typically add 3-4 additional months of educational progress for struggling pupils, compared with more standard ways of using TAs.

  • Managing and Reducing Workload

    Policy paper June 2015

    Additional workload is work teachers do for perceived and/or unnecessary compliance processes which takes them away from the complex process of teaching and learning. This is driven by an out-of-kilter accountability culture.

  • 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.

  • Marking policies

    Advice May 2015

    Members should be aware of NASUWT’s stance on marking, which was outlined at a meeting ASCL attended last week. As part of their action short of strike action, they are instructing their members not to comply with requirements that place undue workload burdens on teachers.

  • National Headteacher Standards

    Advice May 2014

    A National Headteacher Standards Review Group has been set up to define a revised set of standards for headteachers in England.

  • National Leaders of Education and National Support School

    Advice May 2016

    The application round for National Leaders of Education and National Support School (NLE/NSS) designation will open on 16 May and close on 16 June.

  • National Teaching Service

    Advice February 2016

    The National Teaching Service (NTS) has been created to recruit high performing teachers and middle leaders directly into schools in challenging circumstances that are struggling to recruit and retain high-quality teachers.

  • 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.

  • New DfE anti-bullying documents

    Advice June 2018

    The DfE has published two new anti-bullying documents.

  • New governance regulations

    Advice March 2016

    The government has published the new School Governance (Constitution and Federations) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016.

  • New mentoring campaign

    Advice January 2016

    Earlier this month, the Prime Minister David Cameron announced a new campaign to encourage business people and professionals in the private, public and charitable sectors to become mentors for young people.

  • New resource: Ten steps towards school staff wellbeing

    Advice December 2018

    The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has published Ten steps towards school staff wellbeing, to promote staff wellbeing in schools. The resource follows a consultation on staff wellbeing to which 684 people responded, and a survey which received over 2,400 responses.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New Year’s Honours list

    Advice January 2016

    Congratulations from ASCL to all headteachers, principals, teachers, staff and governors who received honours this year from the Queen.

  • Non-statutory guidance on statutory school policies

    Advice May 2014

    The Department for Education has published non-statutory guidance to help schools understand their statutory obligations and duties.

  • NUT industrial action 5 July 2016

    Advice June 2016

    The NUT is taking industrial action in the form of a national strike on 5 July as part of the ongoing dispute over workload and funding.

  • 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.

  • Ofsted myth-busting information

    June 2016

    Ofsted is running a campaign – #OfstedMyths – as part of its aim to dispel myths that surround school inspections and reduce unnecessary teacher workload.

  • 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.

  • One for all

    Leader article December 2014

    Andy Buck looks at building trust, harnessing talent to the right task and other elements that go towards building a great senior team.

  • 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.

  • Overseas Teachers

    Advice March 2014

    The website for the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), that gives information about their employment, has changed.

  • Pay award for business managers, business leaders and support staff

    Advice May 2016

    Last week, agreement was reached on the rates of pay applicable from 1 April 2016 to 1 April 2017 for business managers, business leaders and school and college support staff.

  • Pearson Teaching Awards

    Advice February 2017

    The Pearson Teaching Awards recognise and celebrate the exceptional and life-changing work of teachers across the country. Teachers change young people’s lives, often in the most challenging circumstances and their work cannot be valued highly enough.

  • Penalties for non-compliance with National Minimum Wage (NMW)

    Advice March 2014

    The government has published the draft National Minimum Wage (Variation of Financial Penalty) Regulations 2014, which will increase the maximum financial penalty payable by employers who flout the NMW from £5,000 to £20,000.

  • Pensions unpicked

    Leader article February 2014

    Even if your planned retirement date is some way off it is worth being prepared. There may be unexpected circumstances that bring the date forward or possibilities within your pension scheme that you hadn’t thought about. There are a number of aspects to consider.

  • 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.

  • Primary assessments

    February 2016

    The DfE has announced that the deadline for primary schools to submit Key Stage 1 and 2 teacher assessments has been postponed to 30 June. Schools Minister Nick Gibb confirmed the change in response to concerns raised by the sector.

  • Professional Standards for School Business Managers

    Advice November 2015

    NASBM has launched a new set of Professional Standards for School Business Managers. ASCL has been supporting the development of these standards as part of a wider stakeholder group.

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