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  • Primary Assessment and Accountability Changes: what do they mean for your school?

    Guidance paper May 2016

    This guidance is relevant to school and college leaders with responsibility for Key Stages 1 and 2. The way in which primary children are assessed, and primary schools are held to account for their progress and attainment, is changing at a sometimes bewildering pace.

  • Schools financial efficiency: Metric tool

    Advice April 2018

    The DfE has recently updated the guidance and methodology relating to the Metric Tool which includes 2015 and 2016 data.

  • Do you have a great idea for bringing research alive in school?

    Advice June 2016

    Partnership Grants from The Royal Society of up to £3,000 are available to schools to enable students, aged 5 – 18, to carry out science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) projects.

  • Understanding and Interpreting the 2016 Key Stage 2 Results

    Guidance paper July 2016

    On 5 July 2016 the Department of Education (DfE) published a statistical first release with provisional headline results of this year’s Key Stage 2 assessments. This year’s assessments (commonly known as SATs) have changed significantly from previous years.

  • KS3 curriculum: The diamond standard

    Leader article June 2016

    ASCL Specialist Suzanne O’Farrell offers top tips to help schools inject more challenge into the curriculum and ensure that the latest wave of reforms translates into higher standards.

  • Responding to members’ concerns about exam results

    Advice August 2016

    We have changed the way in which we are collecting information from you regarding any issues or concerns that you may have with this summer’s exam results.

  • Phonics: a guide to teaching reading in schools

    Guidance paper August 2016

    This information will assist school leaders to ask informed questions about how reading is taught in their schools.

  • The Rochford Review

    Advice February 2016

    The Rochford Review was asked to advise the DfE on statutory assessment arrangements for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.

  • Updated Ofsted handbooks and ‘myths’ guidance - including the EBacc

    Advice July 2018

    Ofsted has published an updated school inspection handbook for Section 5 (full) inspections and Section 8 inspections, ready to start in September 2018.

  • Boost language attainment with a Modern Language Assistant

    Advice February 2017

    Modern Language Assistants (MLAs) bring authentic language and culture to the classroom. In a recent survey of host schools, heads of modern languages reported improved exam results, raising standards in under-performing students and motivating talented students to achieve more.

  • Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF)

    Advice November 2017

    £100 million of revenue generated from the Soft Drinks Industry Levy will be used for the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF). This fund is intended to improve children’s and young people’s physical and mental health by enhancing access to facilities such as dining facilities and sports facilities.

  • Rochford Review final report

    Advice October 2016

    The final report of the Rochford Review of assessment for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests was published 19 October.

  • Government response to primary assessment consultation

    Advice September 2017

    Last week, the government released its response to the consultation on primary assessment. ASCL has produced a detailed summary for members.

  • ‘Coasting’ schools

    Advice June 2015

    ASCL Deputy General Secretary Malcolm Trobe is giving evidence today to the parliamentary committee scrutinising the new Education and Adoption Bill. The Bill strengthens the Education Secretary’s powers to compel schools rated as ‘inadequate’ to become academies.

  • Update on changes to primary and Year 7

    Advice December 2015

    A recent update from the DfE has confirmed the following in terms of proposed changes to the primary and Year 7 assessment and accountability system.

  • 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.

  • Sex and Relationship Education in Schools (England)

    Advice December 2015

    The Government has issued an overview of the legislation and guidance currently in place regarding sex and relationship education (SRE) in schools, and also outlines related reviews and proposals in Parliament. The full report can be viewed here with the key points summarised as follows:

  • Key Stage 2 SATs marking: Standards and Testing Agency response

    Advice July 2017

    A number of members have raised concerns about the marking of the Key Stage 2 spelling, punctuation and grammar papers, particularly Paper 1 Question 2, which asked children to insert a semi-colon in the correct place in a sentence.

  • Analyse school performance (ASP) update

    Advice September 2017

    Key Stage 2 data is now available in ASP (the replacement service to RAISEonline) – this is provisional data for 2016/17. CLA data is not currently available, therefore breakdowns of data have not been published; this will be added at the end of October along with KS1 and Phonics data for 2017.

  • New guidance on PE and sport

    Advice December 2016

    ASCL in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust have been looking at how emerging and established multi-academy trusts (MATs) can take a strategic approach to PE and sport across their academies.

  • Summary of primary and Year 7 assessment and accountability announcements

    Advice October 2016

    Secretary of State Justine Greening made a number of important announcements on primary assessment and accountability on 19 October.

  • 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.

  • Opportunity for Global Learning Programme

    Advice October 2016

    If your school participates in various global learning initiatives, this is your last chance for your school to apply for over £3,375 of funding, training and support provided by the Global Learning Programme (GLP)

  • New guidance on primary accountability

    February 2016

    In January 2016 the DfE published a technical guide to some of the key changes to the primary school accountability system

  • 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.

  • Year 7 catch-up premium 2017 to 2018

    Advice March 2018

    The Year 7 catch-up premium gives state-funded schools, including special schools and alternative provision settings, additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of Key Stage 2.

  • Ramadan - Primary School Leaders' Advice Line

    Advice May 2018

    The Association of Muslim Schools and the Muslim Teachers Association, in association with ASCL, have set up a helpline for primary school leaders who have further questions about Ramadan which would affect their pupils.

  • Primary Curriculum and Assessment Reform

    Guidance paper August 2015

    The following information is relevant to members in England working with primary schools or groups of schools including primaries. It helps school and system leaders understand how curriculum changes will impact on primary and secondary schools.

  • Broadening their horizons

    Leader article January 2016

    As the latest research shows, children learn the basics best when they are taught as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, rather than in splendid isolation, says Julie McCulloch.

  • The Arts in Schools: why the arts matter in our education system

    Advice September 2018

    Read the new briefing paper from the Cultural Learning Alliance and ASCL, which sets out why participating in the arts in school matters.

  • 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.

  • DfE publishes statement on primary accountability and assessment

    Advice March 2014

    On 27 March, the DfE published a response to the consultation on primary accountability and assessment following the introduction of the new national curriculum. ASCL members will find parts of this document informative as it includes arrangements for the new Key Stage 2 assessments from 2016.

  • Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up funding

    Advice September 2017

    The DfE has confirmed the arrangements for Year 7 Literacy and numeracy catch up funding for 2017 to 2018.

  • Sign up to the first ever Tomorrow's Engineers Week Big Assembly

    Advice October 2018

    Tomorrow’s Engineers Week takes place from 5-9 November and provides a unique opportunity for schools to drive interest in engineering careers, showing young people the ways in which engineers are on a mission to make the world a better place, find innovative solutions and shape the way we live.

  • The Great Get Together 2018

    Advice May 2018

    From Friday 22 to Sunday 24 June, The Great Get Together will be taking place across the country and schools are being urged to take part with a special assembly on Friday 22 June.

  • Education committee inquiry into primary assessment

    Advice September 2016

    The House of Commons Education Committee has launched an inquiry into primary assessment. This inquiry intends to scrutinise reforms to primary assessment and their impact on teaching and learning in primary schools.

  • Year 7 catch-up premium grant for 2016 to 2017

    Advice March 2017

    EFA has published funding allocations and conditions of grant for the Year 7 catch-up premium for the 2016/17 financial year. Academies should have received payment of the premium on 1 March 2017.

  • Analyse school performance (ASP) - December update

    Advice December 2017

    The DfE has asked us to make members aware that KS4 2017 provisional data and destinations data for 2015/16 is now available in ASP.

  • 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.

  • Pre-key stage standards

    Advice June 2018

    The DfE has published new pre-key stage standards for pupils with special educational needs. They have been developed with teachers and a range of other education experts to help ensure pupils working below the national curriculum are better supported to transition onto the national curriculum.

  • Free books for your school library

    Advice December 2017

    Free school library or special school library packs are offered as part of the Book Trust’s reading for pleasure programmes that offer children a variety of books to inspire them to read for fun. Sign-ups operate on a first come first serve basis and registration closes on Friday 22 December.

  • Thanking the WW1 generation: free lesson plans

    Advice October 2018

    The Royal British Legion is leading a national movement to say ‘thank you’ to the First World War generation, who served, sacrificed and changed our world.

  • The post-levels challenge - primary leadership

    Leader article May 2015

    Julie McCulloch explores the rationale for the overhaul of primary assessment and looks at how a new commission will aim to resolve some of the problems raised.

  • Digital awareness resource

    Advice June 2018

    HMC and Digital Awareness UK have produced a ground-breaking video and lesson plans on digital addiction which they are sharing with all schools.

  • Staying in Control of your School’s Destiny: considering forming or joining a group of schools

    Guidance paper October 2016

    This guidance is for senior leaders, trustees and governors of local-authority maintained schools and single academy trusts in England as they consider the future of their school in a system likely to consist largely of academies in multi-academy trusts (MATs).

  • Primary assessment consultation

    Advice April 2017

    Last week, the government published a wide ranging consultation on the future of primary assessment in England. The consultation includes a number of significant proposals and ASCL Primary Specialist Julie McCulloch worked closely with the DfE to shape this consultation.

  • Teacher Development Fund - now open for applications

    Advice March 2018

    The Teacher Development Fund is now open for applications. The fund supports delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in primary schools, and to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum.

  • Primary-trained French language assistant placements

    Advice April 2016

    Take advantage of a new offer from the British Council to support French in your primary school with the placement of a primary-trained French language assistant.

  • Key Stage 1 and 2 assessment

    Advice March 2016

    The DfE has published a clarification document on Key Stage 1 and 2 teacher assessment and moderation for this summer.

  • New healthier snacking resources for primary schools

    Advice January 2018

    Change4Life has created a suite of new resources for primary schools to help inform pupils and families about healthier snacking.

  • Free STEM support

    Advice June 2018

    Schools and colleges in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country can now benefit from a new programme of free support from STEM Learning, called Aspire to STEM.

  • Pupil attitudes towards, and experiences of, environmental sustainability in schools

    Advice October 2018

    Green Schools Project and NUS are working on a research pilot to better understand the views and experiences of pupils on environmental sustainability in their school.