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  • New General Secretary appointed for Principals' Professional Council

    Advice February 2018

    Following three years as General Secretary of the Principals’ Professional Council (PPC), Sir Geoff Hall has stepped down from the role and has been succeeded by Dr Anne Murdoch, OBE.

  • The Scholarship Hub

    Advice February 2018

    The Scholarship Hub is a social enterprise, which aims to help students find ways of reducing their student debt.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 2018-19 allocations for 16-19 institutions

    Advice January 2018

    The ESFA has now written to all ESFA funded 16-19 institutions about funding for the academic year 2018/19. Colleges will also have received information about their post-16 allocation calculation toolkit (ACT) (the toolkit for schools and academies will be available in early February).

  • Careers events

    Advice January 2018

    Give your school leavers some extra help to navigate their post-school options and get them to attend What Career Live? and What University Live? Taking place at Birmingham's NEC on 2-3 March and at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool on 23-24 March.

  • Curriculum reforms

    Advice January 2018

    UCAS has produced a useful guide to qualification reforms in the UK. The guide is intended to provide a high-level overview of what is happening throughout the UK for HE providers, teachers and advisers and contains videos and factsheets.

  • Carillion contracts - information for schools and colleges

    Advice January 2018

    The Cabinet Office has today issued a statement following the announcement by Carillion of its decision to initiate insolvency proceedings.

  • Technical consultation on insolvency regime for FE and sixth form colleges launched

    Advice January 2018

    The DfE has launched this technical consultation which runs until 12 February 2018

  • UCAS guide to Applied General and Tech Level qualifications

    Advice January 2018

    In advance of the January 15 deadline, UCAS has produced an adviser guide to Applied General and Tech Level qualifications, which is now available on its qualification reform webpages

  • Guidance on 16 to 18 minimum standards

    Advice December 2017

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published a document setting out the minimum standard measure applied to all schools and colleges for 16 to 18 year-olds to 2017.

  • UCAS guide to qualification reforms

    Advice December 2017

    UCAS has produced a useful guide to qualification reforms in the UK. The guide is intended to provide a high-level overview of what is happening throughout the UK for HE providers, teachers and advisers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Supporting apprenticeship take-up

    Advice December 2017

    The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge in Schools (ASK) project offers a range of inspirational and engaging apprenticeship and traineeship support to all learning establishments offering provision to Years 10 to 13.

  • 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.

  • DfE guidance on raising awareness of technical education and apprenticeships

    Advice November 2017

    The DfE has published guidance for schools on letting pupils from Years 8 to 13 hear from a range of technical education and apprenticeship providers.

  • Do you have any residential accommodation for 16-18 year-olds in your institution?

    Advice November 2017

    The national minimum standards were last revised in 2002 and much has changed in the sector since then. The DfE is conducting a consultation on revising and updating the standards, with the aim of making it easier both for institutions and Ofsted, and to provide protection for students.

  • National Citizen Service (NCS)

    Advice November 2017

    The DfE has launched a new practical guide to help schools and colleges across the country further engage with NCS and find out more about its benefits for pupils.

  • 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.

  • Condition Improvement Fund (CIF)

    Advice November 2017

    The CIF round for 2018/19 is now open. Smaller MATs, standalone academies and sixth form colleges can apply to the CIF for capital funding.

  • 16-19 Funding Campaign

    Advice November 2017

    In October 2017, the Sixth Form Colleges Association conducted an online survey of state schools (school sixth forms, academy sixth forms and free school sixth forms) and colleges (FE colleges and Sixth Form Colleges) in England.

  • Applications for 2018 Social Mobility Foundation Programmes now open

    Advice October 2017

    The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) supports ambitious young people from less-privileged backgrounds to access top universities and careers. They run completely free programmes featuring mentoring, internships with top companies, university application support, and skills workshops.

  • 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.

  • Removal from sixth form - legal clarification

    Advice September 2017

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

  • Urgent request for members in schools with sixth forms and colleges

    Advice September 2017

    ASCL has been active in pressing the government for additional funding for schools and colleges and, with your help during the run up to the General Election, helped to raise awareness of the crisis in education. We are again asking for your assistance with a campaign for 16 to 19 funding.

  • GCSEs 2017: clarification on resit requirements for English

    Advice August 2017

    Following publication yesterday of this year's GCSE results, it has become apparent there is some confusion regarding the requirement and eligibility for resits for English. ASCL has therefore been in direct contact with Ofqual and the DfE to clarify this matter.

  • Marking or moderation errors

    Advice July 2017

    Ofqual has announced that schools and colleges in England will in future have a second opportunity to challenge GCSE, AS level, A level and project results if they continue to have concerns about marking or moderation errors.

  • Ofqual workshops

    Advice June 2017

    Ofqual is inviting teachers from across the country to workshops to offer their perspectives on the assessment of this summer’s reformed GCSEs, AS and A levels.

  • UCAS qualification provision survey 2017

    Advice March 2017

    UCAS has published the findings from its survey highlighting changes in post-16 uptake of AS provision.

  • 16-19 Study Programmes Annual Review

    Advice March 2017

    The EFA has published its second annual review of 16 to 19 study programmes using the most recently available data which is for 2014/15.

  • Academy revenue funding allocations 2017/18

    Advice March 2017

    These allocations should now be visible via EFA Information Exchange. Allocations are for academies that opened on or before 1 January 2017.

  • Ofqual Guidance: Regulation of GCSEs, AS and A levels

    Advice March 2017

    Ofqual has produced a short video and guide explaining what schools and colleges can expect from exam boards and what exam boards, in turn, expect from schools and colleges.

  • 2017-18 Post-16 Funding Allocation

    Advice February 2017

    Colleges wanting to use the allocation calculation toolkit (ACT) to calculate their provisional funding should now be able to do this by logging into EFA Information Exchange.

  • National Citizen Service Champion Schools

    Advice February 2017

    National Citizen Service (NCS), supported by ASCL and endorsed by Education Secretary Justine Greening, has awarded ‘Champion School’ status to 345 schools across England.

  • School census

    Advice January 2017

    The Spring Census date for 2016/17 was 19 January 2017. The census data is used to allocate core funding for both pre-16 and post-16 pupils, so accuracy is crucial.

  • 16-19 Inspection dashboard

    Advice January 2017

    Schools and colleges should now have downloaded their 2016 16-19 study programmes inspection dashboard from RAISEonline (this early extract was published on 16 December).

  • Apprenticeships in schools

    Advice January 2017

    The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has produced a briefing paper on apprenticeships for schools as an employer.

  • Social Mobility Foundation

    Advice November 2016

    The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) is a charity that supports high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds from Year 12, throughout university and until they graduate.

  • UCAS applications

    Advice November 2016

    A reminder that for courses starting from September 2017, a new tariff will be in place. The new tariff provides a fair, and more transparent, process of allocating points across a wider range of qualifications.

  • The 'Know Before You Go' teachers' pack

    Advice October 2016

    The Foreign Office has introduced a new Know Before You Go (KBYG) resource, designed for teaching during tutor time as part of your PSHE/PSE/PCHE timetabling or to support the personal and social aspects of the courses listed in the curriculum links section of these notes.

  • ETF annual perception survey for post-16 members

    Advice October 2016

    The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has launched its annual perception survey, which is your chance to let ETF know what you think about its work.

  • Funding for IGCSE Post-16

    Advice October 2016

    The DfE has confirmed that regulated IGCSEs count in the 16-18 performance tables’ English and maths progress measure.

  • Exploring the relationship between pupil academic achievement and activities with employers

    Advice October 2016

    Following the recent Education Endowment Foundation literature review on the impact of careers-related education, Education and Employers Research is exploring how pupils respond to their participation in employer engagement activities and its impact on academic achievement.

  • UCAS guidance

    Advice September 2016

    UCAS has produced guidance for schools and colleges to support reference writing for post-16 students in the changing curriculum landscape of standalone AS qualifications and reformed AS and A level qualifications.

  • Interactive post-16 school census tool

    Advice September 2016

    To support the return of accurate post-16 school census data, the EFA has published a helpful and easy-to-use interactive tool. Some institutions risk not getting the funding they should because of inaccurate data returns.

  • Entries to BTECs report

    July 2016

    Pearson has launched a new report that it has developed with the Social Market Foundation (SMF). The report looks at trends in entries to BTEC, drawing on data from the National Pupil Database, as well as a series of interviews with headteachers and a poll of parents.

  • EFA Information Exchange

    Advice July 2016

    EFA Information Exchange is a secure, online system which provides a single place for academies, 16-19 providers, high-needs providers and local authorities to do business with the Education Funding Agency (EFA) in a more effective and efficient way.

  • Post-16 Inspection dashboard

    June 2016

    Schools’ and colleges’ 2015 16-19 final inspection dashboards were due to be released at 9am on Friday 24 June 2016. The dashboard is accompanied by a new 16-19 inspection dashboard “supplement”.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Update on technical and vocational qualifications

    Advice January 2016

    The DfE has updated the list of technical and vocational qualifications for reporting in the 2018 performance tables.

  • Destination measures

    Advice January 2016

    The DfE has published revised Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 destination measures, showing the destinations of the 2012/13 cohort in 2013/14 and including information on independent schools.

  • Ofqual update – January 2016

    Advice January 2016

    Ofqual has launched an online consultation about changing the review and appeal systems used by exam boards in England for addressing concerns about a candidate’s GCSE, AS or A level marks. We would urge members to respond to the consultation. The deadline for responses is 11 March.

  • Condition Improvement Fund

    Advice November 2015

    The Condition Improvement Fund application round for 2016/17 is now open to academies and sixth-form colleges.

  • Lesson plans to promote learner voice and encourage democratic engagement

    Advice November 2015

    The Cabinet Office has produced a collection of free online resources to encourage democratic participation and develop political literacy.

  • Grants for post-16 education providers

    Advice November 2015

    Schools and colleges are being invited to bid for grants to accelerate improvements in the teaching of English and maths to 16-19 year-olds in further education who do not hold A*-C GCSEs in these subjects.

  • Area Based Reviews

    Guidance paper October 2015

    This guidance paper is relevant to all senior staff working in post-16 settings who may be involved in area reviews, and for all those who have an interest in the significant structural reforms likely to occur in colleges and other post-16 providers.

  • Q&As regarding English and maths GCSEs for Year 11 students September 2015

    Advice September 2015

    ASCL Curriculum and Assessment Specialist Suzanne O’Farrell has put together the following questions and answers about English and maths exams for current Year 11 students that members may find useful.

  • Report on Commission on Assessment without Levels – September 2015

    Advice September 2015

    The government’s report of the Commission on Assessment without Levels, set up to provide schools with guidance and support on designing their own assessment polices and approaches after the abolition of National Curriculum levels.

  • University challenges

    Leader article September 2015

    The University of Southampton is supporting sixth form students taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) to give them a taste of what academic life is like – and what skills they will require – at a research-intensive institution. Dorothy Lepkowska reports.

  • Exam results 2015

    Advice August 2015

    Although there are no major changes to the examinations or awarding processes this year, we are anxious to ensure that any issues that do emerge are quickly brought to the attention of the DfE, Ofqual and the examination boards.

  • Sixth sense

    Leader article July 2015

    As timetables are tweaked in readiness for the new sixth-form provision in September, schools and colleges should ensure that their 16-19 study programmes will meet tight new financial and curriculum standards, says Kevin Gilmartin.

  • A/AS modern languages examinations summer 2015

    Advice May 2015

    ASCL, NAHT, HMC together with the Association for Language Learning (ALL) and the Independent Schools Languages Association (ISMLA), have produced an information note about the awarding for grades for institutions with candidates sitting the modern language exams in the summer 2015 series.

  • Implementing A level Reforms

    Advice March 2015

    Guidance for A level reforms

  • Update on sixth form accountability

    Advice January 2015

    The DfE is introducing post-16 retention measures for 2013/14 and 2014/15 data. In addition, a new package of accountability measures for 16-19 providers will be published in 2017 (based on 2015/16 data).

  • Updated GCSE and A level information

    Advice December 2014

    ASCL has seen information from Ofqual that confirms decisions for subjects to be first taught in 2015.

  • A level reform – changes to new A level roll out programme

    Advice November 2014

    Ofqual are currently making further changes to the programme for the first teaching of new A level subjects. Please be aware that all published lists regarding when certain new A levels come online are now incorrect.

  • Overview of AS and A level results

    Advice August 2014

    Ofqual has prepared a short briefing document that outlines the headline figures from last week’s AS and A level results.

  • Funding for four-plus A levels

    Advice July 2014

    A DfE announcement last week stated that from 2016 schools and colleges will receive funding above the basic rate for students taking four or more A levels or larger technical qualifications for students who study four A levels and large TechBacc programmes.

  • A level science fact sheet

    Advice July 2014

    Ofqual has produced a fact sheet on practical assessment in the new science A levels.

  • Post-16 maths and English announcement

    Advice July 2014

    The Minister for Skills and Enterprise Matthew Hancock has announced in a statement the government’s plans for replacing existing GCSEs in English and maths.

  • Key Stage 4 and 5 destination measures

    Advice July 2014

    The DfE has published KS4 and KS5 destination measures. The data relates to those students who left KS4 or who took A level or other Level 3 qualifications in 2010/11 and shows their destinations in 2011/12.

  • Vocational qualification reform

    Advice June 2014

    Ministers have announced further reforms to vocational qualifications at Key Stage 4 and post-16. These are not new qualifications but set out the requirements for awarding bodies who wish to have qualifications accredited for performance tables in 2017 and 2018.

  • Advice from Pearson on changes to BTEC assessment

    Advice May 2014

    Pearson have asked us to make some advice and guidance available to members following some expressions of concern from ASCL members about changes to BTEC assessment.

  • Curriculum and qualifications changes

    Advice April 2014

    On Wednesday 9 April, the Secretary of State announced the publication of the content of A level and GCSE content to be taught from September 2015 and 2016 respectively.

  • Updated approved vocational qualifications

    Advice April 2014

    The list of vocational qualifications that will be included in 2016 school and college performance tables has been updated to include all approved qualifications.

  • Reforming the accountability system for 16-19 providers

    Advice April 2014

    The government published its response to the 16-19 accountability consultation on 27 March, describing in more detail the intentions for both performance tables and minimum standards in 2016 and beyond.

  • A level developments

    Advice March 2014

    The development of A level geography has been delayed for one year.

  • Ofsted good practice guides

    Advice March 2014

    Ofsted and the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) have published a series of good practice case studies for vocational education and training.

  • SFA funded qualifications for 2014/15

    Advice March 2014

    At the end of January, the SFA published the new rules for funded qualifications for adult learners.

  • Be Prepared

    Leader article March 2014

    Leora Cruddas suggests some key activities for schools and colleges to undertake ahead of changes to the curriculum, assessment and qualifications.

  • A level reform

    Advice March 2014

    Ofqual has announced that there is a change to the timeline for A level reform.

  • Post-16 PANDA reports

    Advice March 2014

    Post-16 PANDAs have gone out via the provider gateway. Members facing an inspection are advised to download and read over them.

  • Core maths qualifications

    Advice March 2014

    The government has now set out its plans for the overwhelming majority of young people in England to study mathematics to age 18 by 2020.

  • Your Guide to Apprenticeships

    Advice March 2014

    The challenge of providing accurate, impartial and objective careers guidance to young people has never been greater. Young people face a bewildering range of career opportunities and have access to an equally bewildering amount of information of variable quality.