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  • 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.

  • Redundancy

    Advice September 2017

    Redundancy situations are stressful and difficult, both for those facing a job loss and those having to make difficult decisions about staffing in the light of shrinking budgets.

  • 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.

  • School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) 2017

    Advice August 2017

    The DfE have published the 2017 version of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document. The main change this year concerns the uplift to the minima and maxima and the pay ranges.

  • 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.

  • STRB's 27th report and draft STPCD 2017 consultation

    Advice July 2017

    The School Teachers’ Review Body 27th Report: 2017 was published 10 July 2017 and contains the recommendations on how to apply the pay award for teachers, due to be implemented from September. The DfE has also published a draft revised copy of the STPCD.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Use of teaching staff for cover and during gained time

    Advice June 2017

    We are often asked when teaching staff may be asked to cover lessons. The following information should provide assistance, however, please contact the member hotline if you have any additional queries.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund

    Advice February 2017

    The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund is a three-year investment worth £75 million, which will provide funding for professional development programmes for teachers and school leaders.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Women Leading in Education: coach directory

    Advice January 2017

    A leadership coaching pledge is one of the measures announced by government to support women in teaching. In conjunction, the National College for Teaching and Leadership has published a Women Leading in Education: coach directory.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Workload challenge: funding for schools

    Advice October 2016

    The National College for Teaching and Leadership has published details of grant funding for which groups of schools can apply to research ways to reduce workload related to marking, planning, resources and data management.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Social Networking, Social Media and Email: protecting your professional reputation

    Guidance paper September 2016

    This guidance paper is relevant to all staff in all schools and colleges. It offers information and guidance when considering the safeguarding of staff in their use of social networking sites (SNS), such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, both at school and personally.

  • The challenges of being a headteacher

    Advice September 2016

    National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and the Future Leaders Trust are undertaking new research on the challenges of being a headteacher.

  • 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.

  • System leadership study

    Advice July 2016

    The '7 System Leadership Study' is an international, comparative research project focusing upon leadership development and leadership practice.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Urgent update for ASCL members in ATT academies

    Advice May 2016

    The Academies Transformation Trust (ATT) has proposed cuts to a substantial proportion of the finance, estates, and HR jobs and resources in its schools. ASCL is extremely concerned that under their proposal, a number of ATT staff face losing their jobs or being downgraded to lower paid roles.

  • Summer term timelines

    Advice April 2016

    Summer term timelines for schools and colleges published 13 April by the DfE.

  • Win £10,000 with the London Teachers Innovation Fund

    Advice April 2016

    The London Teachers Innovation Fund is open to any London teachers to apply for up to £10,000. Teachers will work with subject experts from universities, businesses, and subject associations to create teaching strategies and resources to raise the attainment and accelerate the progress of their stud

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New governance regulations

    Advice March 2016

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Big Staff Meeting – take half an hour and have your say!

    Advice January 2016

    Teachers from all phases and stages are being asked to put aside half an hour to take part in The Big Staff Meeting.

  • 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.

  • STRB: Supplementary Evidence 26th Report Remit

    Advice January 2016

    The STRB has received submissions and evidence from teaching organisations on the various matters within its remit from the Secretary of State.

  • Supply teacher guidance and good practice - request for information

    Advice January 2016

    ASCL, NAHT and the DfE would like to develop joint guidance for schools on good practice in recruiting supply teachers and working with supply teacher agencies.

  • 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.

  • Teacher Quality, Standards and Appraisal

    Guidance paper December 2015

    This guidance paper is for headteachers, principals, senior leaders and governors/trustees in maintained schools in England.

  • 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.

  • Routes into Teaching Training

    Advice December 2015

    In response to requests from school leaders and potential teachers ASCL has produced a simple guide on the current routes into teaching.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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”.

  • 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.

  • September 2015 pay awards

    Advice September 2015

    The DfE have now issued the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document 2015, and revised the non-statutory guidance ‘Implementing your School’s Approach to Pay’.

  • Summary of the Key Changes to the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document 2015 and 2014

    Guidance paper September 2015

    Pay progression linked to performance for all pay progression has been in place for all teaching staff since September 2013.

  • Setting Pay for Business Leaders

    Guidance paper August 2015

    ASCL is committed to a system of national pay and conditions. This guidance paper is intended to bring more consistency and equality to the process of assessing the level of responsibilities to inform decisions about setting pay for business leaders and business managers.

  • 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’.

  • 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.

  • Teacher Supply and Initial Teacher Education

    Policy paper June 2015

    Teaching is a profession. As such, it is rooted in a body of knowledge and is evidence-informed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • STRB evidence

    Advice February 2015

    In response to the Secretary of State’s 25th Remit to the STRB asking them to consider the arrangements for the 2015 pay award, ASCL has submitted evidence calling for a fully funded pay award above the government’s proposed 1 per cent.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Reducing Teacher Workload: a Ten-Point Plan

    October 2014

    ASCL’s position is that we need a more sophisticated understanding and definition of unnecessary workload.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Summary of the key changes to the STPCD 2014

    Guidance paper August 2014

    ASCL Pay and Conditions Specialist Sara Ford has produced a summary of the main changes to the STPCD since 2014

  • Take part in a new project on lesson observation and CPD

    July 2014

    There is an opportunity to participate in a nationwide schools project approved and funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Worries about an increasing workload

    Leader article May 2014

    Worries about an increasing workload are now being cited by business managers as a key source of anxiety. Val Andrew has some tips for the stressed.

  • The perfect addition

    Leader article May 2014

    As more schools struggle to fill headship vacancies, business managers are successfully stepping up to leadership. Dorothy Lepkowska reports.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Unqualified instructors

    Advice March 2014

    Amendment to the Education (School Teachers’ Prescribed Qualifications, etc) Order 2003.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Trade union facility time

    Advice March 2014

    Following the production of facility time advice from the DfE, the teaching unions have produced an advice note for all employers. This advice note has now been circulated to all local authorities and academy chains. For more information, see a copy of the joint union advice for employers.

  • Overseas Teachers

    Advice March 2014

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.