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  • MAT Development and Improvement Fund

    Advice October 2017

    The DfE has just launched a new grant aimed at supporting trusts in improving schools. In order to qualify, trusts must plan to either take into your trust and improve at least two additional schools or form a new MAT of two schools or more and improve them, both within the next 12 months.

  • Academies Financial Handbook - 2017 version

    Advice August 2017

    This core document for academies has been reviewed and updated and the revised version published 27 July 2017. ASCL's Business Leadership Specialist Val Andrew provides a summary of the changes.

  • Clerking Competency Framework

    Advice April 2017

    The government has published a Clerking Competency Framework, which sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to provide professional clerking to school and academy governing boards.

  • National Audit Office (NAO) Study: Converting Schools to Academies

    Advice April 2017

    ASCL has been asked to submit views on the DfE’s arrangements for the conversion of schools to academies. NAO studies are very important and we would like as much up-to-date information from members on this as possible. We need to respond to the NAO by Fri 28 April.

  • New governance handbook and competency framework

    Advice January 2017

    The DfE has published an updated version of the governance handbook, and a new governance competency framework.

  • Online safety

    Advice January 2017

    The UK Council for Child Internet Safety Education Group has developed guidance for school governors to help governing boards support their school leaders to keep children safe online.

  • 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.

  • Insurance top-up funding for academies

    Advice December 2016

    Academies eligible to claim top-up funding for their insurance premium can now use the academies funding claim form on GOV.UK for academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17.

  • Academies - submission arrangements for 2015-16 audited accounts

    Advice December 2016

    All academy trusts that have a signed funding agreement during the accounting period to 31 August 2016 must submit audited accounts (annual report, financial statements and auditor’s management letter) for the period ending 31 August 2016 to the EFA.

  • Academies Accounts Return 2015 - 2016

    Advice December 2016

    The accounts return online form is under review and should be available soon. The EFA will be contacting all academy trust accounting officers with instructions for registering and setting up the new online system for their accounts return.

  • Inspiring Governance

    Advice November 2016

    Inspiring Governance connects schools and colleges with skilled volunteers interested in serving as governors and trustees and provides support, advice and guidance to ensure that volunteers newly appointed to boards are able to govern effectively right from the outset.

  • Outstanding Governance Awards

    September 2016

    The national awards for outstanding governance are now open. These biennial awards celebrate the unique and inspiring contribution that school governors, trustees and clerks make every single day in schools around the country.

  • System leadership study

    Advice July 2016

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

  • Academies Financial Handbook

    Advice July 2016

    The 2016 edition of the Academies Financial Handbook has been published on the DfE website.

  • Rapid school improvement

    Advice July 2016

    The Education Development Trust has published a report on Rapid School Improvement. The report is important reading material for all school leaders and policy makers in England.

  • Do you work with international leadership organisations?

    Advice June 2016

    ASCL is keen to build strong relationships with organisations focused on school leadership in other countries, or similar organisations with international remits.

  • Have your say on school governance

    Advice May 2016

    The NGA has once again joined forces with TES to survey the nation's governors, trustees and headteachers, with over 5,800 taking part in 2015.

  • 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.

  • Every School an Academy : The White Paper Proposals

    Advice April 2016

    Following the Chancellor's announcement in his Budget statement of 16 March 2016 and the subsequent publication of the White Paper Educational Excellence Everywhere, the House of Commons has published a briefing paper Every School an Academy: The White Paper Proposals.

  • What the White Paper means for you and your school

    Advice March 2016

    On 17 March 2016 we issued a special newsletter on the government's Budget announcements and following publication of their White Paper: Educational excellence everywhere.

  • New DfE guidance for academies

    Advice March 2016

    The DfE has produced new guidance and application forms for academies wishing to make significant changes to their school (such as expanding, merging with another academy or changing the school's age range or faith).

  • New governance regulations

    Advice March 2016

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

  • How governors should and do influence strategy

    Advice February 2016

    Governors are meant to be the strategic decision makers for their schools. However, there is a lack of clarity around what this means.

  • Schools Together – Independent State Schools Partnership

    January 2016

    A new website has been setup by the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and the DfE to celebrate and encourage partnership projects between independent schools, state schools and local communities.

  • Looking for governors (or volunteers) for your school or college?

    Advice January 2016

    Inspiring Governors is a new service that allows you to find people for free who are interested in serving as a governor. Many of the volunteers are highly skilled professionals in areas such as in finance, law, HR and marketing.

  • New Governors Handbook

    Advice December 2015

    This new edition has been re-named The Governance Handbook to make clear it applies to all those involved in school governance.

  • Summary: Academies Financial Handbook 2015

    Advice September 2015

    Here is a summary of the key changes in the handbook that academies will need to be aware of:

  • Creating the perfect mix - leading and governing groups of schools

    Leader article May 2015

    Hard partnerships between schools are likely to proliferate in the next few years so what basic principles should they be built on? Leora Cruddas explains ASCL’s guidance.

  • What governing boards should expect from school leaders and what school leaders should expect from governing boards

    Guidance paper April 2015

    This joint paper aims to improve the effectiveness of school governance; underpinning it is an expectation that governing boards and school leaders will jointly develop effective working practices which are mutually supportive and respectful of each other’s roles and responsibilities.

  • What’s your vision? The importance of strong governance

    Leader article April 2015

    Emma Knights explores how schools can strengthen their improvement strategies and highlights the central role strong governance has to play in raising standards.

  • 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.

  • Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 - statutory guidance for schools

    Advice March 2015

    New guidance on disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 and disqualification by association has now been published by the DfE. This replaces the guidance published in October 2014.

  • New requirement for a web based SEN Report

    Advice November 2014

    From September maintained schools are under a duty to include on their school website a report on their policy for pupils with SEN called a Special educational needs (SEN) report.

  • Academies – Calling to account

    Leader article October 2014

    Val Andrew explores what’s new in the 2014 Academies Financial Handbook.

  • Governing body reconstitution

    Advice October 2014

    We would like to recommend and remind members about the importance of timelining governing body reconstitution in maintained schools now in readiness for September 2015.

  • 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.

  • School Data Dashboard

    Advice March 2014

    The Ofsted School Data Dashboard was updated on 6 March.

  • Ofsted update

    Advice February 2014

    Ofsted has issued guidance to inspectors – Why do Ofsted inspectors observe individual lessons and how do they evaluate teaching in schools? – stating that when observing lessons, they should not give an overall grade for the lesson and nor should teachers expect one.