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  • 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.

  • Support for new headteachers - call for engagement

    Advice February 2019

    The DfE School Leadership Unit is looking at how to help headteachers, especially new headteachers, who feel isolated and unsupported. To make sure they properly understand the problem they would like to speak with people who have recently been first-time heads.

  • School Immersion Programme, 2019

    Advice January 2019

    ASCL is continuing to work with the DfE to develop the School Immersion Programme (SIP). Collaborating with schools and colleges throughout England and Wales, this is an established initiative aimed at providing DfE staff with first-hand experience of school and college life.

  • Inspiring Governance (for MAT governance leads, clerks or Chairs of Governors/Trustees

    Advice July 2019

    Inspiring Governance is a DfE funded governor recruitment service led by Education and Employers and delivered in partnership with the National Governance Association (NGA). The service supports both maintained schools and MATs with recruiting skilled governors to their governing boards/committees.

  • Teacher workload: call for case studies and examples

    Advice January 2019

    The DfE’s Teacher Workload Unit is working on the recommendations from the ‘Making Data Work’ report, and the unit would be very grateful for your help in making this as effective as possible.

  • Information leaflet: Changes to statutory teacher assessment

    Advice April 2019

    The DfE has produced a leaflet recapping for schools, the changes to statutory teacher assessment from the 2018/19 academic year.

  • Teaching Vacancies

    Advice March 2019

    Teaching Vacancies, the new job listing service from the DfE, is now available to all state-funded schools in England. This new service has been introduced to help schools reduce the estimated £75 million spent each year on costly recruitment advertising.

  • Headteacher Reference Groups

    Advice July 2019

    The DfE is looking for headteachers who would like to contribute to national policy through the Primary Headteacher Reference Group and the Secondary Headteacher Reference Group.

  • New DfE teacher recruitment service

    Advice April 2019

    The DfE has launched a free web service, Teaching Vacancies, for schools to advertise their vacancies.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • New development opportunity with Ofsted for middle leaders in London

    Advice April 2019

    Ofsted London Region is running a pilot programme in London to support the development of future leaders in education from BAME backgrounds. The programme is applicable to middle leaders who have been identified as having potential to move into senior leadership roles in the next one to three years.

  • 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.

  • Teacher Effect

    Advice June 2019

    The DfE is encouraging teachers to tell their own stories about teaching and celebrate the effect they have on their colleagues, students and the communities around them.

  • 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.

  • Guidance by ISBL for employers

    Advice June 2019

    The Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) has released new guidance for headteachers and governors to support them in utilising the school business leadership professional standards, in the recruitment and retention of school business leaders.

  • Stonewall Children and Young People's Conference 2019

    Advice May 2019

    Stonewall's conference on lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) inclusion in primary schools, secondary schools, services, colleges and youth groups returns on Friday 5th July 2019 with its unique combination of practical information, keynote speakers and platforming of youth voices.

  • 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.

  • Guidance for employers from ISBL

    Advice May 2019

    The Institute of School Business Leadership has released new guidance for headteachers and governors, to support them in utilising the school business leadership professional standards in the recruitment and retention of school business leaders.

  • 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.

  • Pension grant methodology

    Advice May 2019

    The DfE has calculated that the increase in employer contributions to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) from September 2019 to March 2020 will be £848 million and has released information about the grant and a Supplementary Fund.

  • Free Reducing Teacher Workload Events - Summer 2019

    Advice April 2019

    The DfE, in collaboration with school leaders and teachers across the country, is holding two national events to showcase work that is currently being done in schools to effectively reduce teacher workload.

  • Educators on Board

    Advice July 2019

    The NGA and Inspiring Governance have recently launched their new ‘Educators on Board’ campaign, responding to the expressed need for governing boards to have more educational expertise on them and seeks to encourage teachers and school leaders to consider becoming a governor or trustee.

  • School complaints procedures: guidance for schools

    Advice January 2019

    The DfE has published guidance for schools about setting up or reviewing complaints procedures. The guidance contains information on what governing bodies of maintained schools should do and sets out the legal duties with which they must comply.