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  • Commonwealth Education Pack

    Advice February 2018

    The DfE has recently published its Commonwealth 2018 Classroom Education pack. The free resource has been designed in collaboration with the British Council and Commonwealth Secretariat.

  • Safer Internet Day - 6 February

    Advice January 2018

    This year’s theme for Safer Internet Day is ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect, a better internet starts with you’. Free lesson packs in English and Welsh are now available to download.

  • Update on new multiplication check for Year 4 pupils

    Advice November 2018

    The government has released an update on the development of the new multiplication check for Year 4 pupils, to be introduced from the 2019/20 academic year.

  • Fully-funded student places on Architectural Drawing Summer School

    Advice May 2018

    Bruton School for Girls in Somerset is hosting a fantastic opportunity for Year 12 and 13 (A level students), who have an interest in studying architecture, to learn more about the subject with some of the best lecturers teaching architecture in the UK.

  • Tables Checking Exercise

    Advice October 2018

    The window to check the results of pupils opened on 27 September. Measures published in performance tables are based on this data so ensuring it is correct it vital. Schools see their provisional Attainment 8 and Progress 8 results as part of this exercise.

  • Restart a Heart day of action

    Advice July 2018

    Restart a Heart is a designated yearly day of action with the aim to teach vital life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills to as many people as possible.

  • National Cyber Security Centre CyberFirst courses

    Advice May 2018

    The National Cyber Security Centre is running free, short residential and non-residential CyberFirst courses this summer for 14 to 17 year-olds, designed to introduce young people to the world of cyber security.

  • Edexcel A level maths exam - June 2018

    Advice June 2018

    We are aware of the allegations of malpractice or wrongdoing in relation to Edexcel’s A level C4 maths paper taken on 22 June 2018. ASCL is in discussions with Ofqual seeking urgent clarification of the situation.

  • Careers guidance

    Advice January 2018

    The DfE has published new statutory guidance for schools on careers guidance and access for education and training providers.

  • Have your say on teacher recruitment and retention

    Advice July 2018

    The DfE is hosting a series of events around the country, including workshops and discussions, to provide teachers with an opportunity to help shape the department’s policy development.

  • New recommended deals published on GOV.UK Buying for schools

    Advice December 2018

    In October 2018, ten new recommended deals were published on the government’s website including a range of new deals, all of which have been assessed for compliance with procurement regulations, ease of use, suitability and value for money.

  • Careers guidance for colleges

    Advice February 2018

    The DfE has published new guidance for further education colleges and sixth form colleges on how to provide independent careers guidance.

  • Anti-fraud lesson plans

    Advice October 2018

    Together with PSHE Association, and Economic education, Cifas, the fraud prevention organisation, has created four Anti-Fraud Education lesson plans with accompanying resources. The lesson plans are aimed at 11-16 year-olds and cover Key Stages 3 and 4.

  • Careers guidance briefings

    Advice February 2018

    Following the launch of the governments new Careers Strategy and statutory guidance, the Careers & Enterprise Company is running a series of briefings entitled, Implementing the Careers Strategy: A Careers and Enterprise Company Briefing for senior leaders.

  • Early estimates for Progress 8

    Advice September 2018

    Following another extensive collaboration exercise between schools, SISRA has kindly allowed ASCL to publish early estimates for Attainment 8 (A8) overall and the respective elements. The estimates are based on the results of around 185,000 pupils.

  • The Global Challenge

    Advice February 2018

    The Global Challenge is a virtual team-based challenge set over 100 days (with a 12-month subscription) that focuses on improving the health, wellbeing, performance of individuals, and the culture of organisations.

  • Equal Chance Campaign

    Advice July 2018

    Adoption UK launched its Equal Chance Campaign on 27 June with an event in Westminster for decision-makers and sector leaders. The campaign aims to give all adopted and traumatised pupils an equal chance in school by influencing education policy in all four UK nations.

  • Motor Insurance for Academy Schools (MIAS)

    Advice September 2018

    The DfE, in collaboration with a commercial motor vehicle insurance broker, is looking to develop a Motor Insurance for Academy Schools (MIAS) solution.

  • AMAP re-opened to February 2019

    Advice December 2018

    There has been an extension to the Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP).

  • STEM careers showcase

    Advice March 2018

    On 24 May 2018, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is holding a STEM Careers Showcase specifically for girls aged from 11-15 years.

  • Updated guidance on mental health and behaviour

    Advice November 2018

    The Government has updated its non statutory guidance on mental health and behaviour. This guidance is for school staff and applies to all schools.

  • Speakers for Schools

    Advice June 2018

    Speakers for Schools is a national charity that helps state schools and colleges access the time of leading figures from all fields and backgrounds, free of charge.

  • DfE event: reducing teacher workload

    Advice January 2018

    The DfE Teacher Workload Unit, in collaboration with school leaders and teachers across the country, is running a series of events to showcase work that is currently being done in schools to effectively reduce teacher workload.

  • Would your students know what to do if someone's heart suddenly stops beating?

    Advice March 2018

    The Resuscitation Council (UK) is determined to teach young people essential life-saving skills through Lifesaver – a free film-in-a-game that allows viewers to step into an emergency situation and learn crucial life-saving skills.

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education: DBS and Foreign Exchange Host Families

    Advice June 2018

    A revised version of the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance was published by the DfE on 17 May 2018. The new guidance comes into force on 3 September 2018. With DBS checks for UK host families, the new guidance still states that schools and colleges “should” request a DBS certificate.

  • Teacher Development Fund call for applications

    Advice November 2018

    Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund supports arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom. It aims to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum, by supporting teachers and school leaders to develop their skills, knowledge, confidence and experience.

  • KS3 and KS4 #knifefree lesson plans

    Advice July 2018

    The Home Office and the PSHE association have launched new #knifefree education lessons to challenge myths and communicate the realities of carrying a knife to secondary school students, using the Home Office #knifefree campaign as stimulus for discussion.

  • We all have mental health toolkit

    Advice October 2018

    The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has launched a new teacher toolkit and animation called 'We all have mental health'.

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education - revised guidance

    Advice June 2018

    The DfE published a revised version of the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance on 17 May 2018, and comes into force on 3 September 2018 and has been published early to enable schools and colleges to prepare. It follows a consultation in which ASCL collaborated closely with the DfE.

  • World Mental Health Day

    Advice October 2018

    World Mental Health Day takes place on 10 October every year. This year’s theme is ‘young people and mental health in a changing world’ and to mark the occasion, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England is launching a new set of free resources designed to support young people aged 8 to 24.

  • Contextual Safeguarding Network

    Advice December 2018

    The Contextual Safeguarding Network brings together practitioners, researchers, and policy makers who are committed to protecting young people from harm outside of the home. It is free and open to practitioners across the UK, and provides access to resources including a school assessment toolkit.

  • Celebrate equality

    Advice May 2018

    Join people from all over the country to celebrate 90 years since the Representation of the People Act 1928, which gave all men and women over 21 the equal right to vote. Invite your community to share, debate, and celebrate what equality means to you and get your free EqualiTeas host pack.

  • Early years national funding formula (NFF) funding rates and guidance

    Advice December 2018

    Early Years NFF hourly rates and guidance have been published for 2019/20. These documents are for local authorities.

  • GCSE combined science grading update

    Advice August 2018

    The safety net grade for combined science in 2018 was expected to be 4-3 on the higher tier. During the awarding period, exam boards reported to Ofqual that while they were confident in standards set at 4-4, there were more students than expected getting an unclassified result on the higher tier.

  • Apprenticeships in schools - updated guidance

    Advice September 2018

    The DfE has published updated guidance for schools on using apprentices in your workforce and spending your levy contributions.

  • ASCL Cymru: Funding reports and spreadsheet tool

    Advice February 2018

    At the end of 2017, ASCL Cymru commissioned an examination of the funding currently available in Welsh education. The reports look at how and where funding is distributed from Whitehall to Welsh government and local authorities, and identifies areas for further development.

  • Careers guidance survey - share your views

    Advice August 2018

    The Gatsby Foundation has commissioned Pye Tait Consulting to carry out a targeted survey of school and college leaders to understand what they think about the subject of careers guidance, and how these views have changed since the release in December 2017 of the Government’s Careers Strategy.

  • Raise the Rate campaign

    Advice October 2018

    The Sixth Form Colleges Association has published a report entitled Understanding the Funding Shortfall in Sixth Form Education that will be used to underpin the main ‘ask’ of its Raise the Rate campaign.

  • Intellectual Property - free resources

    Advice January 2018

    The Intellectual Property Office, formerly known as the Patent Office, has produced a range of free to use teaching materials that provide clearly structured curriculum-linked sessions to help you explain and explore intellectual property with your students across a range of subjects.

  • Free coding sessions

    Advice November 2018

    From 27 November 2018, people can register for thousands of free Hour of Code sessions available at all Apple Store locations from 1 to 14 December. The sessions will provide opportunities for people at a variety of skill levels to learn coding.

  • Remembrance Day Silhouette Installation grant

    Advice June 2018

    This year is the centenary of the end of the First World War and charity Remembered, has teamed up with the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to help communities, including schools, host a fully funded commemorative silhouette installation, without having to worry how to pay for it.

  • 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.

  • NCS Showcase events

    Advice May 2018

    NCS is inviting schools and colleges to come along to one of its showcase events for its 2020 programme. NCS is a not-for-profit-organisation which has supported more than 400,000 young people to help build their self-confidence and belief, and learn new skills for life and work.

  • Free search and listing service for teaching roles

    Advice September 2018

    The DfE has set out plans to roll out the free national search and listing service for teaching roles in schools – across schools in England. Schools will be invited to start listing roles on the service according to which Regional School Commissioner (RSC) region they're in.

  • Additional capital funding for 2018 to 2019

    Advice November 2018

    The government has published guidance about the £400 million capital funding announced in the Budget, for schools in England.

  • 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.

  • Disability Matters in Employment: new resource for schools and colleges

    Advice September 2018

    A new resource is available to support further education colleges and schools, and help them build links with employers to create and sustain supported internships and lasting employment opportunities for disabled young adults.

  • T levels: expressions of interest

    Advice January 2018

    The ESFA has now invited ESFA-funded providers in satisfactory financial health, and with a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ inspection rating, to work with the DfE and pioneer the first three T levels when they are introduced from 2020.

  • New guide for governing boards

    Advice March 2018

    The National Governance Association (NGA) and Wellcome have published Being strategic: a guide for governing boards to assist governors and trustees in their role of ensuring clarity of vision and strategic direction.

  • Sign up for the free ASCL Collaboration Toolkit

    Advice September 2018

    ASCL has worked with the SMID Report to bring to our members a new ASCL Collaboration Toolkit.

  • The Female Lead

    Advice February 2018

    The Female Lead is a non-profit campaign dedicated to making women’s stories more visible and providing inspiration for girls when they consider their future careers.

  • Education packs and resources for Safer Internet Day, 5 February 2019

    Advice November 2018

    The theme for Safer Internet Day 2019 is 'Together for a better internet', with a focus on the issues surrounding consent online.

  • Development of UCAS services

    Advice May 2018

    Following UCAS’ refreshed strategy – Future Focus – it is developing two new services.

  • Working together to safeguard children

    Advice July 2018

    The DfE has published two pieces of statutory safeguarding guidance. These set the framework within which all practitioners should operate in order to protect children and young people from abuse and neglect, and promote their best interests.

  • GCSE computer science

    Advice April 2018

    Ofqual has published its plans for GCSE computer science for 2020.

  • Increase in Erasmus budget and new opportunities for 2018

    Advice February 2018

    For 2018, €30 million will be available to UK schools to apply for Erasmus activities, compared to €21 million in 2017.

  • Secondary school performance tables - factsheet

    Advice January 2018

    Secondary school performance tables were published on 25 January, however, due to the recent changes and reforms to GCSE performance measures, these results cannot be compared to the previous year.

  • School support staff pay award - letter to Education Secretary

    Advice April 2018

    ASCL is extremely concerned that schools are being left to pick up the tab for the recently agreed pay award covering school support staff without any additional funding from the government to meet this significant cost. ASCL has written to the Education Secretary to express our concerns.

  • Queering the Art Classroom

    Advice June 2018

    Queering the Art Classroom is an educational organisation working to develop a more inclusive curriculum in schools. It has been working with a GCSE class in London this year, exploring gender and sexuality in their art coursework.

  • 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.

  • Ofsted: 101 ideas to help you manage inspection

    Advice January 2018

    Schools should not have to spend lots of time preparing for inspection, but there are some things leaders can do to manage the process effectively. In our new guide ASCL’s Inspection and Accountability Specialist Stephen Rollett shares his top tips to help you through the visit and beyond.

  • Premier League Writing Stars: Poetry competition

    Advice November 2018

    The Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition returns for its second year to inspire children aged between five and eleven to get creative and pen their own poem on the theme of diversity.

  • New DfE anti-bullying documents

    Advice June 2018

    The DfE has published two new anti-bullying documents.

  • 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.

  • New DfE website on GCSE reforms

    Advice June 2018

    The DfE has launched a new website with more details about the further 20 reformed GCSEs. It includes information for students, parents, employers and anyone working in education.

  • 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.

  • Erasmus and funding opportunities for schools

    Advice September 2018

    Get the essential information on Erasmus funding and eTwinning opportunities at twilight sessions across the UK.

  • New DfE toolkit for schools

    Advice September 2018

    he DfE has launched new guidance and a toolkit to help schools save money.

  • Drive iQ resources

    Advice February 2018

    Drive iQ is a free virtual experience of driving for young people that will improve their skills and that is perfect to set for homework or run as workshops in tutorials or PSHE.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Inspection windows

    Advice April 2018

    Ofsted has announced important changes to inspection windows, which take place with immediate effect.

  • Resources to help tackle extremism

    Advice May 2018

    Free resources for schools are available from Extreme Dialogue UK to help give students and teachers the confidence to develop critical thinking and resilience, and to take part in challenging conversations about all forms of extremism.

  • 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.

  • New JCQ guidance on internal appeals process for centre-assessed marks

    Advice January 2018

    JCQ has published a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about its regulation for schools and colleges to have in place an internal appeals process for centre-assessed marks. This appeal process must take place prior to the submission of marks to an awarding body.

  • National School Breakfast Programme

    Advice November 2018

    Schools in disadvantaged areas of England are being encouraged to sign up to receive free, healthy breakfast food and expert support, as part of a big recruitment drive for the DfE’s National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP).

  • T levels - DfE update

    Advice June 2018

    Last week, the government named the first 52 colleges and post-16 providers to teach new T levels, and as part of that announcement the DfE has published a response to the T Level consultation, the Prior Information Notice, and the list of providers who will deliver T levels in 2020.

  • Chartered Teacher Status

    Advice November 2018

    The Chartered College of Teaching is now accepting applications to join the next cohort of its Chartered Teacher Programme (CTeach). Chartered Teacher status recognises excellent teachers and their skills, knowledge and behaviours, in delivering the best possible education for young people.