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  • 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.

  • Level 3 Value Added (L3VA) ready reckoner

    Advice November 2017

    The DfE is carrying out a survey about the L3VA ready reckoner. The L3VA ready reckoner is the tool the DfE provides to help schools and colleges calculate Level 3 value-added measures.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Exclusion guidance - clarification for members

    Advice October 2017

    New statutory exclusion guidance for maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units came into effect on 1 September. Although, there have been no changes to the legislation, the ASCL Hotline has taken calls from members on one particular part of the guidance on page 8, paragraph 3.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • School and College Funding: Lobby of Parliament 24 October 2017

    Advice October 2017

    A mass lobby of Parliament is to be held on Tuesday 24 October to tell MPs directly about the impact of real-terms school funding cuts. This is a joint action coordinated by the following unions: NEU, NAHT, ASCL, UNISON, GMB, and Unite.

  • 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.

  • Progress 8 toolkit

    Advice October 2017

    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.

  • 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

  • Ofsted: short inspection consultations

    Advice October 2017

    Ofsted published the outcome of its consultation on the conversion of short inspections in September. Following feedback, Ofsted has now published a second set of proposals and ASCL Inspections and Accountability now provides a summary of the consultation documents.

  • Analyse school performance (ASP) update

    Advice September 2017

    Key Stage 2 data is now available in ASP (the replacement service to RAISEonline) – this is provisional data for 2016/17. CLA data is not currently available, therefore breakdowns of data have not been published; this will be added at the end of October along with KS1 and Phonics data for 2017.

  • Redundancy

    Advice September 2017

    Redundancy situations are stressful and difficult, both for those facing a job loss and those having to make difficult decisions about staffing in the light of shrinking budgets.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New deal to help schools save cash on computer equipment - 2017

    Advice September 2017

    The DfE has launched the second in a series of aggregated procurements for schools considering buying new tablets, laptops or desktop devices. Schools buying devices could save thousands of pounds by taking advantage of a deal developed by the DfE and Crown Commercial Services (CCS).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Suicide prevention guide

    Advice September 2017

    The Charity, PAPYRUS, has developed a new suicide prevention guide for teachers and school staff, Building suicide-safer schools and colleges.

  • Technical Award Update - certification for 2019

    Advice September 2017

    There are a number of technical awards, which have not been approved for league table points, in the latest update of qualifications counting in the 2019 performance tables. The list was released at the beginning of September.

  • Commission on Ethical Leadership - Moral DNA survey

    Advice September 2017

    ASCL’s Commission on Ethical Leadership is a national project to help school and college leaders think about the basis upon which they make judgements in and about schools or colleges. We’re inviting all of our members to participate in a quick and interesting survey as part of our preparatory work.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Early estimates of Attainment 8 averages by prior attainment

    Advice September 2017

    ASCL has been working with SISRA Ltd to provide early estimates for 2017 Attainment 8 averages. Schools using SISRA have been invited to opt in to an anonymised data sharing exercise.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Academies Financial Handbook - 2017 version

    Advice August 2017

    This core document for academies has been reviewed and updated and the revised version published 27 July 2017. ASCL's Business Leadership Specialist Val Andrew provides a summary of the changes.

  • School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) 2017

    Advice August 2017

    The DfE have published the 2017 version of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document. The main change this year concerns the uplift to the minima and maxima and the pay ranges.

  • Discretionary Pay Reference Points Guidance

    Advice August 2017

    The Government published the recommendations of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) on teachers’ pay for 2017-18 on 10 July and indicated its intention, following formal consultation, to implement them with effect from 1 September 2017.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Period Poverty Project

    Advice July 2017

    As you may be aware, the issue of period poverty has been brought to light recently following an article that was published in The Guardian which highlighted that some disadvantaged female pupils were unable to afford sanitary products and as a result were absent from school during their period.

  • Off-payroll working rules for public authorities

    Advice July 2017

    HMRC has re-drafted the guidance for off-payroll working. Public authorities planning to offer a temporary job to someone who works through their own intermediary (often their own company, but could also be a partnership or another person), need to decide whether the off-payroll working rules apply.

  • Fire safety information from the DfE

    Advice July 2017

    Following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, building owners across the public sector estate are being contacted to ensure any risks are managed and dealt with appropriately and promptly. As part of this, the DfE is contacting all bodies responsible for safety in schools, FE Colleges and independent tr

  • 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.

  • Girls' schools launch new leadership scheme to develop women headteachers

    Advice July 2017

    If you want to step up into a more senior role, but feel you don’t have the skills, this new leadership mentoring scheme may be for you. State and independent girls’ schools are working together to encourage women into top jobs.

  • Queen's Birthday Honours

    Advice June 2017

    Congratulations from ASCL to all of our members, their staff and their governors who received honours this year from the Queen. The list recognises over 130 people who have made outstanding contributions to education, children’s services or advancing equality and diversity.

  • 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.

  • Use of teaching staff for cover and during gained time

    Advice June 2017

    We are often asked when teaching staff may be asked to cover lessons. The following information should provide assistance, however, please contact the member hotline if you have any additional queries.

  • Ramadan and exams, 2017: information for schools and colleges

    Advice May 2017

    In 2017, Ramadan coincides with the examination season, as it did last year. ASCL has again worked with imams, Islamic scholars, experts, Muslim chaplains in the education sector and leaders from a range of different theological persuasions to produce an information paper for schools and colleges.

  • 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.

  • Strategic School Improvement Fund

    Advice May 2017

    The first round of the Strategic School Improvement Fund is now open. The £140 million Strategic School Improvement Fund is a grant to support primary, secondary, middle, all-through, pupil referral units, alternative provision and special academies and maintained schools.

  • Putting Pupils First

    Advice May 2017

    The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the professional body for the UK recruitment industry, has updated its essential guide to safeguarding and good recruitment practice, Putting Pupils First.

  • School Immersion Programme

    Advice April 2017

    ASCL is working with the DfE to promote and develop the School Immersion Programme. Collaborating with schools throughout England and Wales, this is an established initiative aimed at providing DfE staff with first-hand experience of school life.

  • 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.

  • Teachers' Pensions update

    Advice April 2017

    Teachers’ Pensions has introduced Monthly Data Collection (MDC) for employers to provide their salary and service information. MDC replaces the Annual Service Return (ASR). All employers must be set up to use MDC by December 2017.

  • Star Chamber Scrutiny Board

    Advice March 2017

    The Star Chamber Scrutiny Board (SCSB) is a panel of external partners from local authorities, schools and Ofsted who review all DfE data collection proposals relating to services for children, schools and families.

  • 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.

  • Updated 2016/17 pupil number adjustment (PNA)

    Advice March 2017

    Academies that are funded on estimated pupil numbers can access updated information about the annual PNA exercise.

  • Year 7 catch-up premium grant for 2016 to 2017

    Advice March 2017

    EFA has published funding allocations and conditions of grant for the Year 7 catch-up premium for the 2016/17 financial year. Academies should have received payment of the premium on 1 March 2017.

  • ASCL Funding Campaign: What Would You Cut?

    Advice March 2017

    Education funding is at breaking point because of rising costs and flat cash. After the successful launch of our #WhatWouldYouCut campaign on Twitter, on Sunday 5 March we need your help to continue the momentum.

  • Asbestos management

    Advice February 2017

    The Education Funding Agency (EFA) has published new guidance aimed at schools, local authorities and trusts in understanding their obligations and duties in relation to asbestos management in schools. The guidance was first published in March 2015 and has been updated with more information.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Pearson Teaching Awards

    Advice February 2017

    The Pearson Teaching Awards recognise and celebrate the exceptional and life-changing work of teachers across the country. Teachers change young people’s lives, often in the most challenging circumstances and their work cannot be valued highly enough.

  • Schools and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations 2017

    Advice February 2017

    These regulations were published at the end of last week and explain how local authorities set their education budgets for 2017/18. These regulations took effect from this month (February) and will apply for the 2017/18 funding year.

  • 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).

  • Drive IQ Resources

    Advice January 2017

    Drive IQ is an award winning, state of the art software programme that is aimed to address young people’s attitude and behaviour when they start out being passengers in cars driven by young drivers, or become drivers themselves.

  • 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.

  • New DfE guidance on buying

    Advice January 2017

    The DfE has published an outline of initiatives to help all schools improve how they buy goods and services. It has also published guidance for schools and academy trusts reviewing staff workforce structures.

  • Timelines for schools: mandatory and useful information

    Advice January 2017

    The DfE has published spring term 2017 timelines to help headteachers, principals and governors plan for the term and academic year ahead.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Summary of ASCL activity on the National Funding Formula consultation

    Advice January 2017

    ASCL has been campaigning for many years to bring an end to the wide and indefensible variations that currently exist in the way that funding for education is distributed to schools.

  • New deal to help schools save cash on computer equipment

    Advice January 2017

    Schools considering buying new tablets, laptops or desktop devices this year could save thousands of pounds by taking advantage of a new deal developed by the DfE and Crown Commercial Services.

  • 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.

  • Combat homophobia in schools

    Advice January 2017

    Just Like Us is building a national network of university student volunteers, giving them the skills they need to communicate with impact, and sending them into secondary schools and colleges to share their stories, champion LGBT and equality and explain why LGBT and equality is everyone's issue.

  • Reforms to data protection under the General Data Protection Regulation come into force May 2018

    Advice January 2017

    From 25 May 2018 the Data Protection Act will be replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation. The Information Commissioner’s Office suggest a number of ways in which organisations such as schools and colleges can prepare for these changes now, and has published a 12-step checklist.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Free mental health resources

    Advice December 2016

    Time to Change is a growing movement changing the way we all think and act about mental health problems, with an emphasis on breaking down stigma.

  • Funds to support school improvement

    Advice December 2016

    ASCL welcomes Secretary of State Justine Greening's announcement that £50 million per year will be made available to local authorities to support monitoring and commissioning of school improvement in “low performing” maintained schools.

  • 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.

  • Insurance top-up funding for academies

    Advice December 2016

    Academies eligible to claim top-up funding for their insurance premium can now use the academies funding claim form on GOV.UK for academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17.

  • Academies - submission arrangements for 2015-16 audited accounts

    Advice December 2016

    All academy trusts that have a signed funding agreement during the accounting period to 31 August 2016 must submit audited accounts (annual report, financial statements and auditor’s management letter) for the period ending 31 August 2016 to the EFA.

  • Academies Accounts Return 2015 - 2016

    Advice December 2016

    The accounts return online form is under review and should be available soon. The EFA will be contacting all academy trust accounting officers with instructions for registering and setting up the new online system for their accounts return.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Income Generation

    Guidance paper November 2016

    This guidance paper is relevant to school business leaders and school business managers, together with those responsible for setting and managing budgets within all school and college settings in England.

  • Take part in new research on staff experiences of the Prevent duty

    Advice November 2016

    ‘What the Prevent duty means for schools and colleges in England’ is an independent, university led, academic research project. Please have your say by completing a 20-minute online survey on this important issue.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Leading Women's Alliance Summit 2017

    Advice November 2016

    ASCL is delighted to be supporting the second Leading Women’s Alliance Summit, Seizing Opportunities – Leading Women to Headship and Beyond.

  • Storing chemicals

    Advice November 2016

    We have received calls to the ASCL hotline from members for advice about storing a chemical called 2,4-DNP (2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine). CLEAPSS, the schools science and technology advisory service has guidance on how 2,4-DNP should be stored.

  • New careers guidance tool

    Advice November 2016

    The Careers & Enterprise Company, in partnership with The Gatsby Foundation, has launched Compass, a new online tool for schools to evaluate and monitor improvements in their careers education against eight benchmarks.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • Staying in Control of your School’s Destiny: considering forming or joining a group of schools

    Guidance paper October 2016

    This guidance is for senior leaders, trustees and governors of local-authority maintained schools and single academy trusts in England as they consider the future of their school in a system likely to consist largely of academies in multi-academy trusts (MATs).

  • Join our research project on improving financial efficiency

    Advice October 2016

    ASCL is working in partnership with income generation specialists Pebble and Teesside University on a joint research project. The project will inform the development of a prototype ‘platform’ to support the sector in achieving better financial efficiency. It will investigate ways of facilitating and

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