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  • 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.

  • Academy Accounts Direction (AAD)

    Advice May 2019

    The DfE has published the Academy Accounts Direction (AAD) for 2018 to 2019.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Academies Financial Handbook 2019

    Advice July 2019

    The 2019 version of the Academies Financial Handbook was released by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) on 27 June 2019.

  • Identifying schools for improvement support

    Advice February 2019

    Alongside the recruitment and retention strategy, the Department for Education has published a consultation on how it proposes to identify schools eligible for support.

  • New DfE teacher recruitment service

    Advice April 2019

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

  • NGA Leading Governance Programmes funded by the DfE

    Advice May 2019

    The Development for Boards programme is a consultant-led bespoke programme that will be tailored to your board’s circumstances to improve practice and outcomes, and is applicable to MATs, standalone academies and maintained schools

  • 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.

  • Funding for the teachers' pay grant and increases in employer contributions to the teachers' pension scheme

    Advice March 2019

    The teachers’ pay award for 2018/19 is to be funded until March 2020. The employers’ contributions to teachers’ pensions are due to increase from the current 16.48% to c23.6%, with effect from 1 September 2019. The government has committed to funding this increase for the financial year 2019/20.

  • 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.

  • School Financial Value Standard (SFVS)

    Advice May 2019

    The SFVS process for local authority maintained schools has changed from 1 April 2019.

  • Copyright Licensing Agency

    Advice July 2019

    Did you know that UK schools already hold a copyright licence from the Copyright Licensing Agency? School staff can therefore copy extracts of published works without worrying about the permission that can be necessary under copyright law.

  • Pupil Premium guidance

    Advice June 2019

    To support the publication of the Children in Need Review, on 17 June, Education Secretary Damian Hinds gave a speech about the changing face of disadvantage. To support this, the DfE has updated the Pupil Premium GOV.UK pages with a new Frequently Asked Questions document

  • Change4Life free resources

    Advice July 2019

    The latest Change4Life with Disney resource packs have now launched.

  • Deals for schools

    Advice March 2019

    The DfE has published information on the national deals available to schools to help them save money on some of the things they buy regularly.

  • Schools and colleges offered free sanitary vending machines by phs

    Advice June 2019

    Hygiene services provider phs Group has announced plans to offer its new coin-free vending machines to schools and colleges for free as part of a new initiative to create period equity.

  • Pearson research into 16-19 pathways

    Advice May 2019

    Pearson is currently undertaking research to support its response to the DfE Level 3 and below review. The research is focused on 16-19 pathways at Level 3.

  • Free teaching resource to help boost students' literacy skills and confidence

    Advice April 2019

    Penguin and the National Literacy Trust have launched a free teaching resource inspired by Michelle Obama’s bestselling memoir, Becoming, to boost secondary students’ literacy skills, leadership abilities and confidence.

  • 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.

  • Stephen Lawrence Day

    Advice March 2019

    To celebrate the inaugural Stephen Lawrence Day on 22 April, last week, every school in England will have received a pack including a personal letter from Baroness Doreen Lawrence, inviting them to take part in national Stephen Lawrence Day.

  • Help to Save

    Advice May 2019

    Help to Save is a new government savings offer, designed to help working people on low incomes to build up their savings. It will support people to become regular savers, helping families and individuals prepare and plan for the future through a generous 50% tax-free bonus.

  • Grants for international exchanges for schools in England

    Advice June 2019

    The British Council has grants available to enable schools to provide students with an intercultural experience. The visits can be used to enhance curriculum teaching, improve language learning or help build soft skills. Grants are aimed at young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

  • Hay Festival launches free programme for schools 2019 live streams

    Advice April 2019

    Hay Festival Wales will be broadcast live into schools UK-wide on Thursday 23 May (KS2) and Friday 24 May (KS3 and KS4), widening access to the festival’s Programme for Schools.

  • Additional capital funding 2018-2019

    Advice February 2019

    In the Budget 2018, the Chancellor announced an extra £400 million capital funding for schools in 2018 to 2019.

  • 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.

  • The Waters Report - update for ASCL Cymru members

    Advice April 2019

    In September 2018, the report of the independent review panel on pay and conditions for teachers in Wales, led by Professor Mick Waters, was published. It proposes sweeping changes to the pay and conditions landscape. ASCL Cymru is concerned about many of the proposals.

  • Pay and pensions grants

    Advice March 2019

    Academies will continue to receive pay and pensions grants until August 2020 because they are funded on an academic year basis.

  • Plastic free by 2022

    Advice January 2019

    The DfE announced that it wants schools to stop using plastic bags, bottles and food packaging and go single-use plastic free by 2022.

  • Academies financial returns

    Advice June 2019

    The DfE guidance on academy financial returns has been updated with information about the academies better financial reporting programme, which aims to improve academy trust financial reporting and reduce the burden on trusts.

  • T levels funding

    Advice January 2019

    The DfE has launched a consultation seeking views on funding for the delivery of T levels from 2020.

  • 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.

  • Submission of supplementary evidence to the STRB

    Advice February 2019

    Following consideration of the evidence of other statutory consultees, we have now submitted our supplementary evidence to the STRB. ASCL refutes the claim that a 2% increase is affordable by schools, made by the DfE in its submission, and we have provided evidence to support this.