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  • Christmas decorations: safety advice

    Advice November 2017

    With the approach of the festive season, the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) has issued a reminder about putting up Christmas decorations safely in schools.

  • New governance regulations

    Advice March 2016

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

  • School revenue funding settlement 2018-19

    Advice January 2018

    An announcement on the school revenue funding settlement for 2018/19 was made on 19 December in a written ministerial statement, which sets out the details for the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG), Education Services Grant (ESG) and Pupil Premium.

  • STRB's 27th report and draft STPCD 2017 consultation

    Advice July 2017

    The School Teachers’ Review Body 27th Report: 2017 was published 10 July 2017 and contains the recommendations on how to apply the pay award for teachers, due to be implemented from September. The DfE has also published a draft revised copy of the STPCD.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Statutory Duties Related to Safety, Safeguarding and Radicalisation

    Guidance paper October 2016

    This guidance is relevant to all school leaders and staff in all schools and colleges and outlines the statutory duties in relation to safety and safeguarding, equalities, British values and the curriculum.

  • August accounts return live webinar

    Advice November 2015

    Registration is now open for the 2 December EFA webinar on the accounts return.

  • Download the new FFT/ASCL 2017 KS4 school dashboard

    Advice November 2017

    Schools subscribing to FFT now have access to a full national analysis of their 2017 KS4 results. This year's reports include Attainment 8, Progress 8 and the new DfE 9-1 point score measures, together with results re-calculated from previous years.

  • Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund

    Advice February 2017

    The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund is a three-year investment worth £75 million, which will provide funding for professional development programmes for teachers and school leaders.

  • Worth the risk?

    Leader article September 2015

    Julia Harnden examines the value of spending precious leadership time and resources on risk management.

  • Leadership Equality and Diversity Fund: for school-led programmes

    Advice September 2016

    The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is inviting lead schools, on behalf of groups or alliances of schools to apply for grant funding to design and deliver leadership programmes.

  • School cuts website

    Advice November 2016

    We have had a number of queries from members asking about the accuracy of the information on this website.

  • 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.

  • Cyberbullying: understand, prevent and respond guidance and toolkit launched

    Advice November 2016

    Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working to help make the internet a safe place for children, has launched Cyberbullying: Understand, Prevent and Respond Guidance for Schools.

  • 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.

  • Good practice on competition among institutions

    Guidance paper March 2014

    This paper is a response to the current changing vista of education, following the Academies Act 2010 and the influx of free schools; academy chains; as well as various groups of institutions appearing in the market place, and how they function within that market place.

  • 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.

  • One for all

    Leader article December 2014

    Andy Buck looks at building trust, harnessing talent to the right task and other elements that go towards building a great senior team.

  • 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.

  • Educational Honours: Your Nominations Are Needed!

    Advice June 2016

    The Education Honours Committee for the UK is keen to increase the number of nominations for deserving people in education and needs your help in making nominations. The committee wants to ensure that people working and volunteering in education, are recognised for their outstanding efforts.

  • Social Networking, Social Media and Email: protecting your professional reputation

    Guidance paper September 2016

    This guidance paper is relevant to all staff in all schools and colleges. It offers information and guidance when considering the safeguarding of staff in their use of social networking sites (SNS), such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, both at school and personally.

  • 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

  • Safeguarding – have your say

    Advice January 2016

    The NPCC (National Police Chiefs’ Council) would like to collect information on the nature and prevalence of child sexual exploitation (CSE) from all relevant agencies across England and Wales including schools.

  • Teacher Quality, Standards and Appraisal

    Guidance paper December 2015

    This guidance paper is for headteachers, principals, senior leaders and governors/trustees in maintained schools in England.

  • Realise our ambition

    Leader article September 2014

    If the education system is to become genuinely school-led, then the responsibility lies with us as leaders to shape it, says Brian Lightman.

  • 10-point plan to tackle recruitment crisis

    Advice April 2015

    ASCL has drawn up a 10-point plan to tackle the ongoing teacher recruitment crisis, with proposals for both government and the teaching profession.

  • Leadership of Strategic Improvement Planning and Self-evaluation

    Guidance paper November 2015

    This guidance is for senior leaders, governors and trustees responsible for strategic improvement planning and effective self-evaluation across individual schools and colleges, multi academy trusts (MATs) and federations. It is intended as a general guide, not a comprehensive list.

  • Strategic Finance: design principles and financial reporting

    Guidance paper January 2016

    This paper is relevant to senior leaders, business managers, governors, staff and officials involved in strategic financial planning and reporting. It applies to local authority (LA) maintained schools, academies and MATs in England.

  • Use of the pupil premium

    Advice November 2015

    Members may find the NFER research report, Supporting the Attainment of Disadvantaged Pupils: Articulating Success and Good Practice, useful.

  • Worries about an increasing workload

    Leader article May 2014

    Worries about an increasing workload are now being cited by business managers as a key source of anxiety. Val Andrew has some tips for the stressed.

  • 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.

  • DfE Sponsor Capacity Fund

    Advice July 2015

    The sponsor capacity fund supports eligible academy trusts that need additional funding to take on schools. This includes academy trusts with an open free school or a free school in approved pre-opening.

  • Leadership equality and diversity fund

    Advice January 2018

    The DfE’s leadership equality and diversity (E&D) fund supports schools to develop local solutions that help teachers from under-represented groups to progress into leadership. Funding is available for schools to co-ordinate school-led projects in their region.

  • The Prevent Duty: safeguarding children and young people against radicalisation and extremism

    Advice October 2015

    On 1 July 2015 the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 introduced the Prevent Duty on schools and colleges, as well as specified authorities such as local authorities, health and the police, “to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”.

  • Leading and Governing Groups of Schools

    Guidance paper March 2015

    This guidance is for senior leaders, governors and trustees who are considering growing their stand-alone academy trust or establishing a multi-academy trust (MAT) or federation. It is intended to be a general guide, not a comprehensive list covering every consideration.

  • Summer term timelines

    Advice April 2016

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

  • Wary of social media?

    Leader article May 2014

    Wary of social media? Think Twitter’s a time-wasting distraction? Avid tweeter Peter Monfort offers a guide to its professional uses that could change your mind.

  • 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.

  • How to manage a major incident or emergency

    Leader article Advice April 2014

    A death or accident can knock an institution sideways but a good disaster plan will enable you to control the immediate fallout and also avoid lasting damage to students, staff and/or reputation.

  • Guidance on the headteacher standards

    Advice January 2015

    The DfE has published a new set of headteacher standards for England, titled National Standards for Excellence for Headteachers. These are non-mandatory standards intended to be suitable for use across all types of schools and colleges.

  • Summary of the key changes to the STPCD 2014

    Guidance paper August 2014

    ASCL Pay and Conditions Specialist Sara Ford has produced a summary of the main changes to the STPCD since 2014

  • ACT for Youth: RUN HIDE TELL

    Advice November 2017

    Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) has collaborated with the PSHE Association to take terrorism safety advice into the UK’s classrooms for the first time.

  • 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.

  • Responding to members’ concerns about exam results

    Advice August 2016

    We have changed the way in which we are collecting information from you regarding any issues or concerns that you may have with this summer’s exam results.

  • Lesson Planning and Teacher Resources

    Guidance paper June 2016

    Purposeful, lean and effective lesson planning can have an enormous impact on student learning and help teachers to manage and reduce workload.

  • Professional Standards for School Business Managers

    Advice November 2015

    NASBM has launched a new set of Professional Standards for School Business Managers. ASCL has been supporting the development of these standards as part of a wider stakeholder group.

  • Discretionary Reference Pay Points

    Advice September 2014

    In line with the recommendations in the STRB’s 24th Report, the STPCD 14 has had a 1% uplift applied to the statutory minima and maxima of all pay ranges. However the document only includes discretionary reference points for the main pay range and leadership group pay range.

  • Taking action: Achieving a culture change in careers provision

    Advice September 2014

    An in-depth study of careers advice and support for young people Edit | Delete reveals massive variation across England. It shows that in one region there are 134 careers providers whilst in another there is one.

  • Pensions unpicked

    Leader article February 2014

    Even if your planned retirement date is some way off it is worth being prepared. There may be unexpected circumstances that bring the date forward or possibilities within your pension scheme that you hadn’t thought about. There are a number of aspects to consider.

  • Apprenticeship Levy

    Advice December 2016

    ASCL has taken every opportunity to lobby about the Apprenticeship Levy. We will continue to call on the government to make schools exempt. ASCL Funding Specialist Julia Harnden has had a series of meetings to discuss growing the number of appropriate apprenticeship programmes relevant to schools.

  • 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.

  • Equalities and Diversity

    Advice September 2015

    ASCL has established an Equalities Network which aims to empower members to connect, coach and build mutually supportive programmes, thus providing all school and college leaders with opportunities to develop at every stage of their careers.

  • 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.

  • Joint Union Guidance: Fire Safety in Schools Post-Grenfell Fire

    Advice October 2017

    Following advice provided by the DfE in July 2017 and shared with members, ASCL, NEU and NAHT have published joint guidance to assist school leaders in understanding the risks to schools and how best to review fire risk assessments to ensure children and staff are kept safe.

  • The Equation of Life

    Advice June 2014

    Article by Sam Ellis, ASCL Funding Specialist. The title is a slightly tongue in cheek reference to the way I have been presenting and analysing the financial and curriculum situation in all types of school for the past few years.

  • Unqualified instructors

    Advice March 2014

    Amendment to the Education (School Teachers’ Prescribed Qualifications, etc) Order 2003.

  • Removal from sixth form - legal clarification

    Advice September 2017

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

  • Leadership of Professional Development and Learning

    Guidance paper September 2015

    This guidance is for senior leaders with responsibility for continuous professional development and learning (CPDL) for teachers, whether in a standalone school or group of schools such as a federation, multi-academy trust or teaching school alliance.

  • Ideas Take Flight

    Leader article October 2014

    The need for an authentically school-led system was one of the key conclusions to emerge from ASCL’s Great Education Debate (GED). Here, Leora Cruddas spells out the blueprint or how it may be achieved.

  • Information: barred check list for new members of academy trusts

    Advice July 2017

    The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has extended the use of Employer Access Online, which is accessed via Secure Access.

  • Reducing Teacher Workload: a Ten-Point Plan

    October 2014

    ASCL’s position is that we need a more sophisticated understanding and definition of unnecessary workload.

  • 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.

  • Fraud alert

    Advice March 2018

    The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is reporting increased activity in recent weeks where schools are being targeted by fraudsters. This has resulted in substantial financial losses for several schools that have fallen victim to this type of fraud.

  • 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.

  • Education Funding

    Policy paper June 2015

    The overall national education budget should be set such that all educational institutions can be funded at a level that enables them to provide an outstanding quality of education for their students.

  • Sharing information with third parties

    Advice June 2017

    We have been made aware that some schools are receiving freedom of information (FOI) requests from suspicious email addresses. If you receive a request asking for information about your school or college, please do not share any information without investigating who you are sending it to first.

  • First Principles

    Leader article January 2016

    The profession needs to take back the initiative on assessment and recover the ground lost during the decades when it became a tool of accountability rather than an aid to learning, says Brian Lightman.

  • Creating a Generation of Lifesavers Conference

    Advice January 2016

    26 February 2016, The Royal College of Physicians, London There is good evidence that the provision of resuscitation training in schools is associated with increased rates of bystander Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and improved survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

  • Behind the headlines

    Leader article February 2014

    Bad news stories about the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results don’t give the whole picture of how our schools compare internationally, says Ian Bauckham. Nevertheless, PISA contains important messages that we cannot afford to ignore.

  • A common purpose

    Leader article January 2016

    The English and Welsh education systems may be diverging but both must be shaped by the values of their educators if improvement is to be sustained, say ASCL’s Leora Cruddas and Tim Pratt.

  • Initial teacher education

    Advice June 2015

    Important update for all schools employing School Direct or running school-led ITE from NCTL on behalf of the DfE, ‘Initial teacher training (ITT) criteria: supporting advice’.

  • Save and prosper

    Leader article March 2014

    In tough times, ‘resourceful resourcing’ comes into its own. Val Andrew offers business managers a guide.

  • Modern Slavery

    Advice November 2016

    Modern slavery includes victims of human trafficking, forced labour, servitude, criminal and sexual exploitation. It is a growing global problem affecting adults and children, with an estimated 29.8 million slaves around the world.

  • Progress 8 toolkit

    Advice February 2018

    ASCL member David Blow has produced a detailed analysis tool for Progress 8 together with helpful notes that include prompts and questions on its use.

  • Grants for returning teachers

    Advice November 2015

    Schools can bid for another round of grant funding to support returning teachers.

  • EFA funding guidance for 2015-16

    Advice March 2015

    Funding guidance for 2015-16 has now been published on the EFA website. A significant change is the qualifying period for a student to count for funding.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • School nursing

    Advice September 2016

    The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has published a report, based on a survey, on Nursing in schools: how school nurses support pupils with long-term health conditions.

  • Summary of national funding formulae stage 2 consultation

    Advice December 2016

    The DfE published the second stage of consultation on its plans to introduce a new national funding formula for schools in England for the schools and high needs block of the NFF. The documents include illustrative budgets at local authority and school level.

  • Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) – securing value for schools

    Advice July 2015

    Schools looking for the best deal when purchasing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) may be interested in this arrangement.

  • The apprenticeship levy

    Advice December 2016

    The apprenticeship levy will be introduced on 6 April 2017. All employers with an annual pay bill of over £3 million will be required to pay the 0.5% levy via the PAYE process.

  • Mathematics Teaching for Mastery

    Guidance paper December 2015

    This paper is suitable for teaching staff involved in setting and teaching the mathematics curriculum in all schools including academies, and across all Key Stages.

  • 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.

  • School Immersion Programme, 2018

    Advice March 2018

    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.

  • 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.

  • Regional schools' buying hubs

    Advice January 2018

    This DfE led project is moving to the next phase. The first hub pilots will commence in February in the North West and South West, and aim to support schools to help procure goods and services in the most efficient and effective way.

  • Tackling Inequality

    Leader article December 2014

    I’m a third-generation teacher. My grandmother, born in 1901, was the child of a shipyard foreman and a domestic servant. Clever, she passed the test for the grammar school in Jarrow (Tyne and Wear) and became a pupil teacher and then a certified one, earning her own living up to the end of the 1920

  • Key Stage 4 and 5 destination measures data (2011–12 cohort)

    Advice January 2015

    The next set of Key Stage 4 and 5 destination measures data is being published today, six months earlier than previous cohorts, showing the destinations of the 2011-12 cohort in 2012-13.

  • 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.

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