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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 16 to 19 funding: maths and English condition of funding

    Advice June 2016

    The EFA and SFA have updated their funding guidance to reflect the fact that the 16-19 maths and English condition of funding has been extended from November 2016 to summer 2017 to cover the teaching of legacy GCSE specifications in those subjects. The same rules apply to IGCSEs and equivalent Level

  • 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.

  • Summer term timelines

    Advice April 2016

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

  • 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.

  • Workload reduction toolkit

    Advice November 2017

    The DfE is developing a workload reduction toolkit to provide practical support to help governors, leaders, teachers and training providers remove unnecessary workload throughout their institutions.

  • 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.

  • Oxford University launches free digital outreach portal

    Advice December 2017

    Oxford University has launched an innovative new digital outreach portal aimed at engaging students aged 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom.

  • Removal from sixth form - legal clarification

    Advice September 2017

    Following reports in the media, ASCL’s legal partner Browne Jacobson provides clarification for members.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • PE and Sports Premium

    Advice September 2017

    The DfE has confirmed that the PE and Sports Premium grant will be increased in 2017/18. Allocations will be double those received in 2016/17.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Consultation on the implementation of T level programmes

    Advice December 2017

    The DfE outlined its commitment to co-creating the next phase of T level implementation in the T level Action Plan and has announced the launch of its public consultation on the implementation of T level programmes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Drive IQ

    Advice July 2016

    Many 17 or 18 year-olds will have passed their driving tests this term, ready for the freedom of the open road in their summer holidays.

  • 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.

  • RISE information centre

    Advice February 2017

    RISE (Research and Information on State Education) is a small charity that aims to disseminate information on state education. The RISE information centre provides links to many sources, including parliamentary answers and statistical first releases.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Are you interested in delivering the new National Professional Qualifications?

    Advice January 2017

    The DfE and National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is hosting a series of information events for schools and other organisations interested in applying for accreditation to deliver one or more of the new National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions

    Advice September 2017

    The DfE's statutory guidance concerns the support of pupils with medical conditions at school.This statutory guidance is for maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units. It is also relevant for anyone else supporting children with medical conditions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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'.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Updated guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education

    Advice July 2016

    Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment was updated on 26 May and it comes into force on 5 September 2016.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Apprenticeship live broadcasts in schools

    Advice November 2017

    Schools in England can now access the latest apprenticeship information directly from employers and their apprentices - through a new broadcast initiative.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • BBC Survey: What's happening to creative arts subjects in secondary schools?

    Advice October 2017

    Please check your school admin inbox today (17 October) for a BBC online survey that’s been sent out to all state-funded secondary schools in England.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Action Counters Terrorism - Youth Campaign

    Advice October 2017

    The DfE has asked us to make you aware of a new campaign aimed at informing young people on how to react to incidents involving firearms and other weapons. The Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) – Youth Campaign was launched last week by the counter-terrorism police and it is supported by the National

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • System leadership study

    Advice July 2016

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

  • 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.

  • Rise Above for Schools - new PHSE resources for schools

    Advice September 2017

    Public Health England (PHE) has launched Rise Above for Schools, providing new PSHE resources to support secondary school teachers when promoting positive health, wellbeing and resilience among young people aged 11 to 16.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Improved schools' benchmarking service launched

    Advice September 2017

    An improved schools' financial benchmarking service has been launched online by the DfE following feedback from users. The service enables LA-maintained schools and academies to compare their performance data and spending levels with schools that share similar characteristics.

  • 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.

  • Reality Check: free BBC resources to help young people differentiate between real and fake news

    Advice December 2017

    The BBC is offering as many as a thousand schools mentoring in person, online, or at group events from BBC journalists – including some familiar faces like Huw Edwards, Tina Daheley, Nikki Fox, Kamal Ahmed and Amol Rajan.

  • New DfE anti-bullying documents

    Advice June 2018

    The DfE has published two new anti-bullying documents.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • DfE guidance on dealing with sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges

    Advice December 2017

    The DfE's report Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges was published 14 December 2017. The advice reflects best practice, and can be used by all schools and colleges in dealing with issues which can be complex and difficult to navigate.

  • Stepping stone qualifications

    Advice September 2017

    ESFA has published a list of the stepping stone qualifications that members can use for those students who are not resitting GCSEs but who are taking other English and maths qualifications.

  • 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.

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