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  • Exam dates 2019

    Advice January 2019

    A reminder to members about the earlier start this year to GCSE and A level external exams, and about the exam contingency day.

  • Have your say on 16 to 19 revenue funding allocations

    Advice September 2018

    Please have your say on the services provided by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). This year’s survey about 16 to 19 revenue funding allocations is now live.

  • Free bespoke Stonewall training on celebrating difference in your school

    Advice May 2019

    Stonewall offers training in creating an LGBT inclusive school environment for primary schools, secondary schools and colleges across the UK and it is currently working with the Government Equalities Office to offer selected primary schools a full-day of free bespoke training.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Free anti-bullying training

    Advice February 2019

    The Diana Award is offering its free regional Anti-Bullying Ambassador training days for primary and secondary schools.

  • Provisional exam timetables for summer 2019

    Advice April 2018

    AQA, CCEA, OCR, Pearson and WJEC have released a joint provisional timetable for GCSE, AS and A level exams for summer 2019 via JCQ. The common timetable, which you can view here, captures the exam boards' plans for next year.

  • Asbestos Management Assurance Process (AMAP) - June 2018

    Advice June 2018

    Please ensure you have completed your AMAP by the extended deadline of Monday 25 June. All local authorities, governing bodies and academy trusts should have plans in place to safely manage asbestos in school buildings.

  • School Immersion Programme, 2019

    Advice January 2019

    ASCL is continuing to work with the DfE to develop the School Immersion Programme (SIP). Collaborating with schools and colleges throughout England and Wales, this is an established initiative aimed at providing DfE staff with first-hand experience of school and college life.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cyberbullying Guide

    Advice May 2019

    An online organisation called HomeGuides has developed guidance to help children, parents and teachers to understand what cyberbullying is and what can be done about it.

  • 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.

  • Teacher workload: call for case studies and examples

    Advice January 2019

    The DfE’s Teacher Workload Unit is working on the recommendations from the ‘Making Data Work’ report, and the unit would be very grateful for your help in making this as effective as possible.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • T levels action plan

    Advice January 2019

    The T level action plan was published in December and sets out what T levels will be delivered in 2021, how providers will be selected and how each T level will be designed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Get the facts on relationships and sex education (RSE)

    Advice April 2019

    The DfE has provided some FAQs on RSE to explain some of the common misconceptions around the subjects.

  • 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.

  • Post-16 qualifications review: consultation events

    Advice May 2019

    As part of the first stage consultation of the DfE’s review of post-16 qualifications at Level 3 and below, the department is keen to gather as many views as possible and is inviting ASCL members to one of five events it is holding around the country.

  • 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.

  • 2018 to 2019 academy general annual grant allocations

    Advice March 2018

    The ESFA has begun the process of uploading academy funding allocations for 2018/19 to the Information Exchange. Allocations for academies that opened before, or on 1 January 2018, will appear by the end of March 2018.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Education union leaders join forces for pre-budget video

    Advice October 2018

    Headteachers and teachers across England are being encouraged to write to their MPs over the school funding crisis in the run-up to the Budget on 29 October.

  • 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.

  • Launch of the #Knifefree Campaign

    Advice March 2018

    The Home Office has launched a new advertising campaign aimed at reducing knife crime. The campaign challenges the perception that carrying a knife is normal and makes young people safer.

  • Launch of LGBTed

    Advice April 2018

    Following on from the success of #WomenEd and #BAMEed, #LGBTed is launching on Saturday 2 June in London.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • #Knifefree Campaign - share your views

    Advice June 2018

    The Home Office is evaluating its #Knifefree Campaign and is keen to hear your views.

  • Reminder: KCSIE - child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment

    Advice March 2019

    In September 2018, the Keeping Children Safe In Education guidance was updated to include a new part five, titled Child on Child Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment. Please be reminded that all schools must make themselves aware of this new part of the statutory guidance.

  • A chance to try out an innovative mental health approach

    Advice February 2019

    Do you want a chance to try out an innovative mental health approach? Would you like £1,000 for your school and to lead the way in cutting-edge research?

  • Worth Less? Mass action at 11am on 28 September

    Advice September 2018

    On Friday 28 September, school and college leaders from across the country will gather at Downing Street to urge immediate action on adequate funding in education.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Opportunity to nominate a former student for ASCL's '21 Up' project

    Advice March 2019

    ASCL President Richard Sheriff announced in his speech at our Annual Conference last week that ASCL plans to bring together twenty-one 21-year-olds to discuss their experience of their education so far.

  • 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.

  • Condition Improvement Fund

    Advice November 2015

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

  • Controlling access to school premises

    Advice December 2018

    The DfE published guidance to help schools understand what they should do to remove someone who is on the premises without permission.

  • New study into teachers' motivation and wellbeing

    Advice June 2018

    The University of Stirling is calling on teachers to complete a survey that will help inform a new study aiming to understand factors relevant to teachers’ enjoyment of work, response to pressures and possible disengagement from work.

  • Erasmus funding for UK schools 2019

    Advice February 2019

    Are you interested in funding for professional development? Erasmus funds school teachers, managers and leaders to job shadow or teach abroad – a great way to gain fresh ideas and get inspired.

  • 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.

  • Affordable Summer Camps for young people between the ages of 9 to 15

    Advice June 2019

    The Summer Camps Trust has been set up to promote affordable summer camps for young people in the UK. The trust has 17 member organisations including Outward Bound, YHA and PGL. This summer the trust is piloting an affordable summer camps project.

  • The Careers and Enterprise Fund 2018

    Advice June 2018

    The Careers & Enterprise Fund 2018 (CEF2018) is inviting bids for grant funding.

  • Analyse school performance (ASP) update - March 2019

    Advice March 2019

    KS4 revised data for 2018 and revised Destinations (after KS4) for 2017, is now available in ASP.

  • Ramadan: Exams and tests, 2019

    Advice April 2019

    This information paper is relevant to leaders and staff in primary, secondary and tertiary schools and colleges, and those involved in administering public examinations including GCSE, GCE AS and A levels, and national curriculum tests (SATs).

  • 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).

  • Courier fraud

    Advice July 2018

    The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified an increasing number of reports submitted to Action Fraud from the public, concerning courier fraud. This is the first time this type of campaign has been specifically targeting the education sector.

  • Call for evidence: JCQ Independent Commission into malpractice in the UK assessment system

    Advice February 2019

    As part of the programme of evidence gathering for the Commission on Examination Malpractice, the Commission would like your views and is asking if members can complete a short survey.

  • Ofqual updates - April 2019

    Advice April 2019

    Updates from Ofqual: Exams officers, consultation, and exam pressure and test anxiety resources.

  • Dealing with bereavement and loss

    Advice December 2018

    Safeguarding and duty-of-care training specialists, EduCare, has launched its Dealing with Bereavement and Loss course, in partnership with Winston’s Wish – the UK’s first childhood bereavement charity.

  • Free support available for your school or college

    Advice September 2018

    Inspiring the Future is a free national service which uses innovative match-making technology to connect your students with volunteers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 16-19 pupil premium baseline funding

    Advice October 2018

    A guide has now been issued by the ESFA to accompany downloads of data relating to sixth form and FE students who were eligible for Pupil Premium funding or who received SEN support in Year 11.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Pearson research into 16-19 pathways

    Advice May 2019

    Pearson is currently undertaking research to support its response to the DfE Level 3 and below review. The research is focused on 16-19 pathways at Level 3.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Research to inform a new website to replace Unistats

    Advice May 2019

    The Office for Students is developing a replacement for the Unistats website and would like to speak to teachers about what they would find most helpful.

  • 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.

  • Updated Home Office guidance to help teachers identify victims of county lines

    Advice October 2018

    To safeguard vulnerable young people from being exploited by county line gangs, the Home Office is working to increase awareness of the signs to spot potential victims among professionals, including teachers and school staff who work with children and young people.

  • Applications for 2019 Social Mobility Foundation Programmes now open

    Advice November 2018

    The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) supports ambitious young people from low income backgrounds to access top universities and careers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Maths centres of excellence and premium pilot

    Advice July 2018

    In his November Budget Statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer earmarked £40 million to fund around 20 “Centres of Excellence for Basic Mathematics” across England, with at least one centre to be located in each English region. The government is now seeking applications.

  • New free school meals guidance

    Advice April 2018

    The DfE has published guidance for schools and local authorities which sets out the updated criteria used to determine which pupils are entitled to free school meals from 1 April 2018.

  • Revisions to music and dance GCSE, AS and A levels

    Advice January 2019

    Ofqual has confirmed that performance rules for GCSEs, AS and A levels in music and dance are being revised.

  • Young people across Europe call on adults to help them tackle sexual harassment online

    Advice June 2019

    A film has been created as part of Project deSHAME, a Europe-wide project to tackle sexual harassment carried out by young people online.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 16 to 19 discretionary bursary and extended work placements funding

    Advice March 2018

    The ESFA is making additional 16 to 19 bursary funding available to institutions that are delivering extended work placements in the 2018 to 2019 academic year with the Capacity and Delivery Fund.

  • FE and Skills Inspection Handbook

    Advice May 2018

    Ofsted has now updated its inspection handbook. Key changes include the provision that providers judged ‘Good’ for overall effectiveness at their most recent inspection will now usually be inspected within five years.

  • Help to Save

    Advice May 2019

    Help to Save is a new government savings offer, designed to help working people on low incomes to build up their savings. It will support people to become regular savers, helping families and individuals prepare and plan for the future through a generous 50% tax-free bonus.

  • 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.

  • Stonewall Children and Young People's Conference 2019

    Advice May 2019

    Stonewall's conference on lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) inclusion in primary schools, secondary schools, services, colleges and youth groups returns on Friday 5th July 2019 with its unique combination of practical information, keynote speakers and platforming of youth voices.

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