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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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”.

  • The taxman cometh

    Leader article September 2015

    Changes to the Lifetime Allowances limit are likely to mean more of us paying tax on our pensions, says Stephen Casey.

  • ASCL Response to the Education and Adoption Bill

    Advice July 2015

    ASCL sent the following briefing to all MPs on the Education and Adoption Bill Committee.

  • Unqualified instructors

    Advice March 2014

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

  • Unlocking potential

    Leader article September 2015

    Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan sets out her priorities for the next five years and says she is committed to working with ASCL members to achieve them.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Deregulation Act 2015

    Advice September 2015

    The Deregulation Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015. The DfE has provided details on the commencement of provisions set out within Schedule 16 (Schools: Reduction of Burdens), that will come into effect on 1 January 2016 together with those provisions that now will not be commenced.

  • Mapping the future

    Leader article February 2015

    ASCL is expanding its presence in the English regions to help meet the changing needs of leaders. Brian Lightman explains the thinking behind the move.

  • ASCL Influence

    Leader article February 2015

    Here is just a small selection of the meetings and lobbying activity that senior ASCL officers have been involved with on your behalf and, in particular, we have highlighted areas where ASCL has had a direct influence on policy.

  • Applications for 2016 Social Mobility Foundation Programmes now open

    Advice December 2015

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

  • Data protection: toolkit for schools

    Advice April 2018

    The DfE has produced a toolkit to support schools with data protection activity, including compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  • Influential focus

    Leader article December 2015

    Six months after the General Election, we have a much clearer understanding of how the political land lies. Whatever the challenges may be, there are numerous opportunities for us to influence policy makers both in government and in opposition, says Brian Lightman.

  • Premium: Make it pay

    Leader article March 2014

    The Pupil Premium gives us a huge opportunity to change for the better the lives of poor and disadvantaged young people, says John Dunford. We need to exploit it to the full.

  • Braced for change

    Leader article January 2016

    Working in a MAT or stand-alone school? Operational or strategic role? Val Andrew looks at what the future holds for school business leaders and school business managers.

  • 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.

  • Raising our voices

    Leader article May 2014

    Dialogue with the profession has been sidelined by this government, says Brian Lightman, with damaging results. It needs to be restored, whichever party is in power, if the vision of a great education service that we all share is to be realised.

  • ‘Coasting’ schools

    Advice June 2015

    ASCL Deputy General Secretary Malcolm Trobe is giving evidence today to the parliamentary committee scrutinising the new Education and Adoption Bill. The Bill strengthens the Education Secretary’s powers to compel schools rated as ‘inadequate’ to become academies.

  • Equal Chance Campaign

    Advice July 2018

    Adoption UK launched its Equal Chance Campaign on 27 June with an event in Westminster for decision-makers and sector leaders. The campaign aims to give all adopted and traumatised pupils an equal chance in school by influencing education policy in all four UK nations.

  • 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.

  • Sea-change for ‘coasting’ schools

    Leader article September 2015

    The Education and Adoption Bill 2015-16 would give the Secretary of State (SoS) greater powers to act when schools are deemed to be ‘coasting’ and to create academies. Katie Michelon of Browne Jacobson LLP explains the changes.

  • Teachers' Pension Scheme - announcement September 2018

    Advice September 2018

    Teachers' Pensions, which administers the Teachers' Pension Scheme on behalf of the DfE, has announced that there is likely to be an increase in the amount employers pay towards the schemes in 2019/20.

  • Area Based Reviews

    Guidance paper October 2015

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

  • New duty to report incidents of female genital mutilation (FGM)

    Advice October 2015

    The Serious Crime Act 2015 introduced a new duty on teachers, social workers and healthcare professionals to report to the police known cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) involving victims aged under 18.

  • More than bins and bells

    Leader article July 2014

    Invited to participate in the Great Education Debate (GED), Peter Kent’s students had some frank views on the flaws in the education system – and, in particular, why young people need more than good academic grades to equip them for adult life.

  • Summary of primary and Year 7 assessment and accountability announcements

    Advice October 2016

    Secretary of State Justine Greening made a number of important announcements on primary assessment and accountability on 19 October.

  • Employer dress codes

    Advice May 2018

    The government has published new guidance on dress codes. The guidance comes from the back of an inquiry following a petition in 2016.

  • Regional School Commissioners

    Advice April 2014

    The DfE has announced the names of six of the recently appointed Regional School Commissioners.

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education - revised guidance

    Advice June 2018

    The DfE published a revised version of the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance on 17 May 2018, and comes into force on 3 September 2018 and has been published early to enable schools and colleges to prepare. It follows a consultation in which ASCL collaborated closely with the DfE.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • "Schools that work for everyone" - the government's consultation paper at a glance - Help and advice

    Advice September 2016

    Applicable to England only. The government's consultation proposes “a series of reforms to encourage high performing institutions – independent schools, higher education institutions, selective and faith schools – to help improve the quality of school places in the mainstream and state sector.

  • Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 - statutory guidance for schools

    Advice March 2015

    New guidance on disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 and disqualification by association has now been published by the DfE. This replaces the guidance published in October 2014.

  • Finding our pride

    Leader article July 2015

    While many schools and colleges now actively address homophobia for students and staff, leaders who are members of LGBT communities still face a dilemma in ‘coming out’. Carol Jones highlights the challenges and looks at what ASCL is doing to meet leaders’ needs.

  • Evaluation framework on safety, safeguarding and radicalisation

    Guidance paper December 2014

    This exploratory evaluation framework does not provide a complete or comprehensive framework that will ensure compliance with all general and specific duties set out in each of the legislative frameworks referred to in the guidance.

  • The Verdict

    Leader article October 2014

    After more than a year of passionate discussion, the Great Education Debate (GED) has concluded. Here, we record the key findings and explain the next steps for ASCL and the profession.

  • Careers engagement: a good practice brief for leaders of schools and colleges

    Advice April 2014

    Careers engagement: a good practice brief for leaders of schools and colleges is published in partnership between NFER, ASCL, ATL and the 157 Group of colleges who have come together to support schools and colleges to help young people to take charge of their careers and futures.

  • Briefing on the Education and Adoption Bill

    Advice June 2015

    As indicated in the Conservative election manifesto, the government intends to strengthen the Secretary of State’s powers of intervention through the new Education and Adoption Bill. The main points related are as follows.

  • Preventative measures

    Leader article December 2015

    The new Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a significant responsibility on schools and colleges and leaders need to ensure they have plans in place to help carry out their duty, says Anna Cole.

  • 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.

  • Regional schools commissioners and headteacher boards

    Advice May 2014

    The DfE recently announced the appointment of the eight regional schools commissioners (RSCs), who will take on key decisions regarding academies and free schools in their regions on behalf of the Secretary of State.

  • Capital ideas

    Leader article July 2014

    With the general election less than a year away, now is the time to start tackling MPs about their party’s policy on education. Leora Cruddas sets out the questions politicians need to address if they are serious about securing long-term, sustainable improvement for our schools and colleges.

  • Making your voice heard

    Leader article March 2016

    Teacher shortages and funding pressures are undermining schools’ efforts to give every child the chance of a truly outstanding education Teacher shortages and funding pressures ASCL is determined to make the government listen, says Malcolm Trobe.

  • An Exploratory Evaluation Framework: safety, safeguarding and radicalisation

    Guidance paper October 2015

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

  • What the White Paper means for you and your school

    Advice March 2016

    On 17 March 2016 we issued a special newsletter on the government's Budget announcements and following publication of their White Paper: Educational excellence everywhere.

  • Autumn DfE announcements

    Advice July 2015

    DfE ministers have said that they are committed to implementing all of the Conservative party’s manifesto promises on education by the end of this Parliament in 2020. We have already seen evidence of that with the announcements before recess about the Ebacc and coasting schools.

  • Carillion contracts - information for schools and colleges

    Advice January 2018

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

  • Joined-up thinking

    Leader article July 2015

    Peter Kent unveils plans for a new foundation, backed by teachers and governors, to nurture leadership development and says if the government is serious about letting the profession lead the system, it should fund the idea.

  • Room for manoeuvre…

    Leader article July 2015

    Many voices in the education world have called for a ‘period of stability’ now that a new government is in place. But that does not mean a let-up in meeting the significant challenges facing us, says Brian Lightman.

  • School census: Nationality and country of birth information

    Advice September 2016

    This year’s schools census includes questions about a pupil’s nationality and country of birth.

  • Free meals in FE from September 2014

    Advice March 2014

    The guidance for institutions is in draft form and should be issued shortly. It is likely that the guidance will require institutions to use the funding for meals for eligible students only.

  • Pensions – Countdown to change

    Leader article October 2014

    With six months to go before the implementation of the reformed Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS), David Binnie highlights the main issues behind the modifications.

  • DfE guidance on raising awareness of technical education and apprenticeships

    Advice November 2017

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

  • Statement of Intent on the EU settlement scheme

    Advice June 2018

    The government has published a Statement of Intent about the new settlement scheme for EU citizens and their families, which will allow them to continue living and working here as now after the UK leaves the EU.

  • Promoting social mobility

    Advice December 2014

    There is broad consensus that social mobility is a major issue for the UK, in terms of ensuring long-term economic prosperity and creating a more just and equal society.

  • A clear view

    Leader article March 2016

    The vision for a self-improving system has made great strides in the last 12 months but there is much more still to do, as ASCL President Allan Foulds explains.

  • Delivering a clear message

    Leader article April 2015

    The incoming government has a golden opportunity to work with the profession to create a world-class education system, says Brian Lightman. But it will need to focus on a few key priorities.

  • 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.

  • GCSE and A level subject reforms 2016 - 2017

    Advice April 2015

    ASCL has received a lot of queries recently about which subjects are going to be reformed for first teaching in 2017 and which are not. Here are documents detailing the specifics of the changes, which we hope prove helpful.

  • ASCL Influence

    Leader article December 2014

    Here is just a small selection of the meetings and lobbying activity that senior ASCL officers have been involved with on your behalf and, in particular, we have highlighted areas where ASCL has had a direct influence on policy.

  • Every School an Academy : The White Paper Proposals

    Advice April 2016

    Following the Chancellor's announcement in his Budget statement of 16 March 2016 and the subsequent publication of the White Paper Educational Excellence Everywhere, the House of Commons has published a briefing paper Every School an Academy: The White Paper Proposals.

  • Changing landscape

    Leader article April 2015

    The rise of cross-phase, multi-academy trusts (MATs) and the spread of system leadership beyond individual heads are trends rapidly reshaping our educational landscape.

  • Will increasing selection improve social mobility?

    Information paper August 2016

    There are 164 grammar schools in England (2011-12), educating 161,000 students. About 4% of all Year 7 pupils attend grammar schools nationally, but this rises to more than 25% in selective authorities, particularly Buckinghamshire, Kent, Slough and Trafford.

  • New safeguarding guidance

    Advice April 2014

    On 3 April, the government published new safeguarding guidance: Keeping Children Safe in Education; Statutory Guidance for Schools and Further Education Colleges. The new guidance replaces Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education 2006.

  • Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) - free resources

    Advice November 2017

    From September 2019, government legislation requires all secondary schools to teach Relationships and Sex Education (RSE or SRE). DO… collaboration, a group of leading RSE organisations and experts, has created a programme of free teaching resources for secondary schools.

  • Time for a new discourse - trusting school leaders

    Leader article May 2015

    Tired rhetoric about failing schools on one side and government interference on the other must end, Brian Lightman told this year’s ASCL Annual Conference. It’s time for a new discourse, one based on trusting school leaders.

  • Coasting Schools Consultation

    Guidance paper November 2015

    This guidance paper is relevant to senior and system leaders in maintained schools in England. It outlines the DfE’s proposed definition of a ‘coasting’ school and details the consultation process.

  • What you ‘Need to Know’

    Advice January 2014

    DfE produces a package of communications for schools called ‘Need to Know’ with information to help plan and implement forthcoming changes.

  • Queen’s Speech outlines the Government’s plans for a new Bill on Education

    Advice May 2015

    Today’s Queen’s Speech outlined the Government’s plans for a new Bill on Education.