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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New School Allergy Action Group (SAAG) Toolkit

    Advice May 2019

    A new free toolkit has been launched by Allergy UK to empower secondary schools in the UK to improve the care and wellbeing of pupils living with allergy.

  • Worth the risk?

    Leader article September 2015

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

  • Reception Baseline Assessment

    Advice March 2019

    In response to the 2017 primary assessment consultation, the government announced plans to introduce a statutory Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) in autumn 2020. The government will use it as the baseline for measuring the progress primary schools make with their pupils.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Support for new headteachers - call for engagement

    Advice February 2019

    The DfE School Leadership Unit is looking at how to help headteachers, especially new headteachers, who feel isolated and unsupported. To make sure they properly understand the problem they would like to speak with people who have recently been first-time heads.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Free resources for deaf children using English as an additional language

    Advice February 2019

    The National Deaf Children’s Society, together with The Bell Foundation, have produced a booklet and a short video to help teachers and education professionals address the challenges faced by deaf children using English as an additional language.

  • 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.

  • Update on new multiplication check for Year 4 pupils

    Advice November 2018

    The government has released an update on the development of the new multiplication check for Year 4 pupils, to be introduced from the 2019/20 academic year.

  • 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.

  • UCAS vacancy for a trustee who is a senior leader in secondary education

    Advice April 2019

    The UCAS Board is looking to appoint someone who is a leader in the secondary education sector. This could be a headteacher but might also be someone who holds another leadership position, for example, in a multi-academy trust or representative body.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New free resource kit to support learning about pollution

    Advice April 2019

    A new free resource kit for primary schools aims to help children learn about plastic pollution in our waterways and explore the concept of the circular economy.

  • 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.

  • 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 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”.

  • Inspiring Governance (for MAT governance leads, clerks or Chairs of Governors/Trustees

    Advice July 2019

    Inspiring Governance is a DfE funded governor recruitment service led by Education and Employers and delivered in partnership with the National Governance Association (NGA). The service supports both maintained schools and MATs with recruiting skilled governors to their governing boards/committees.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Academy Accounts Direction (AAD)

    Advice May 2019

    The DfE has published the Academy Accounts Direction (AAD) for 2018 to 2019.

  • 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.

  • New funding available to support international partner schools visits

    Advice February 2019

    The DfE has launched a new £2.5 million programme, in partnership with the British Council, to enable schools in England to apply for grants to take pupils aged 11 to 19 to visit a school in another country.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Updated KS4 transition matrices tool with 2018 national figures

    Advice April 2019

    The powerful subject value-added (VA) grid combines DfE transition matrices (TMs), published as part of the Guidance in the Performance Tables in January 2019, with the pupil-level datafile produced for each school by the DfE for the exam result data-checking exercise each October.

  • Alcohol awareness resources

    Advice March 2019

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Digital skills programme

    Advice June 2019

    A new digital skills programme is being made available to secondary schools across the UK to improve young people’s understanding of tech, build their digital skills and encourage them to explore a future career in technology.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Removal from sixth form - legal clarification

    Advice September 2017

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

  • Information leaflet: Changes to statutory teacher assessment

    Advice April 2019

    The DfE has produced a leaflet recapping for schools, the changes to statutory teacher assessment from the 2018/19 academic year.

  • Unqualified instructors

    Advice March 2014

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

  • Teaching Vacancies

    Advice March 2019

    Teaching Vacancies, the new job listing service from the DfE, is now available to all state-funded schools in England. This new service has been introduced to help schools reduce the estimated £75 million spent each year on costly recruitment advertising.

  • HPV vaccine

    Advice July 2019

    From September this year, both girls and boys aged 12-13 years-old will be offered the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine through school, for free from the NHS, and will remain eligible for up to their 25th birthday.

  • 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.

  • Headteacher Reference Groups

    Advice July 2019

    The DfE is looking for headteachers who would like to contribute to national policy through the Primary Headteacher Reference Group and the Secondary Headteacher Reference Group.

  • 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.

  • Academies Financial Handbook 2019

    Advice July 2019

    The 2019 version of the Academies Financial Handbook was released by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) on 27 June 2019.

  • Good Career Guidance: Perspectives from the SEND sector

    Advice July 2019

    Gatsby, in collaboration with Disability Rights UK and The Careers & Enterprise Company, have released a new publication on using the Gatsby Benchmarks with young people with SEND.

  • 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.

  • PE and Sports Premium

    Advice September 2017

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

  • Edexcel A level maths exam - June 2018

    Advice June 2018

    We are aware of the allegations of malpractice or wrongdoing in relation to Edexcel’s A level C4 maths paper taken on 22 June 2018. ASCL is in discussions with Ofqual seeking urgent clarification of the situation.

  • Careers guidance

    Advice January 2018

    The DfE has published new statutory guidance for schools on careers guidance and access for education and training providers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Identifying schools for improvement support

    Advice February 2019

    Alongside the recruitment and retention strategy, the Department for Education has published a consultation on how it proposes to identify schools eligible for support.

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