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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 2017 Headteacher board elections: nominations now open

    Advice July 2017

    Headteacher board (HTB) elections are being held across the eight Regional Schools Commissioner regions. HTBs were established in 2014 to advise and challenge the RSCs on the decisions they take, and provide an opportunity for the sector to help shape the school system in their region.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • STEM insight

    Advice March 2017

    The National STEM Learning Network offers a unique STEM Insight programme for staff in schools and colleges to experience STEM-related work in industrial or university settings. Candidates take part in a placement, supported by face-to-face and online CPD.

  • 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.

  • Returners Engagement Programme

    Advice January 2017

    NCTL is also inviting school partnerships to become a Returners Engagement Programme pilot school. The programme is available to former teachers wishing to return to mathematics, physics, or a modern foreign language in the North West and South East.

  • Pensions and Tax Liability

    Guidance paper November 2016

    This guidance contains important information for all members in the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) or the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), regardless of age or proximity to retirement. This paper is for the personal use of ASCL members only.

  • Annual Allowance Tax Year 2015-16

    Advice September 2016

    The Teachers’ Pensions Agency will soon be sending out letters to members who have breached the Annual Allowance for the tax year 2015-16.

  • 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.

  • Do you have a back-up plan if your income stops?

    Advice September 2016

    Around one in eight (12%) men and women are forced to stop working before state pension age due to ill-health or disability, according to research recently published by the TUC.

  • The challenges of being a headteacher

    Advice September 2016

    National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and the Future Leaders Trust are undertaking new research on the challenges of being a headteacher.

  • Pension statements now available online

    Advice September 2016

    f you are a member of the Teachers’ Pensions Scheme, your benefit statement is now available online.

  • New National Leader of Education application round

    Advice September 2016

    The new application round for National Leaders of Education is now open until 5pm on Friday 23 September.

  • September 2016 pay awards

    Advice August 2016

    The DfE has now issued the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document 2016, and revised the non-statutory guidance ‘Implementing your School’s Approach to Pay’.

  • Business leadership: Show business matters

    Leader article June 2016

    The evolution of school business leaders is well documented but anomalies remain when it comes to pay, a situation that’s inequitable, uncertain and lacking consistency of approach, says Val Andrew.

  • Pay award for business managers, business leaders and support staff

    Advice May 2016

    Last week, agreement was reached on the rates of pay applicable from 1 April 2016 to 1 April 2017 for business managers, business leaders and school and college support staff.

  • Win £10,000 with the London Teachers Innovation Fund

    Advice April 2016

    The London Teachers Innovation Fund is open to any London teachers to apply for up to £10,000. Teachers will work with subject experts from universities, businesses, and subject associations to create teaching strategies and resources to raise the attainment and accelerate the progress of their stud

  • Let Teachers SHINE national competition for teachers

    April 2016

    Do you know a teacher with an innovative idea to raise attainment? If so, they could win £15,000.

  • ASCL summary of the Workload Reports

    Advice March 2016

    ASCL has previously welcomed the government’s recognition of the problem of workload. All parts of the education system do indeed have a role to play in reducing the unnecessary tasks that take teachers and school leaders away from their core task: improving outcomes for children.

  • Are you retiring this August?

    Advice March 2016

    Are you looking to draw on your pension benefits between 6 April and 31 August 2016? If so, you might need to apply for protection.

  • Working overtime?

    Leader article March 2016

    Pension rule changes mean a later retirement for more teachers, so start planning for it now, warns Stephen Casey.

  • Legal benefit for ASCL members

    Advice March 2016

    ASCL has an arrangement with Pattinson Brewer solicitors, who have offices in Bristol, London and York to provide a personal injury service to members.

  • National Teaching Service

    Advice February 2016

    The National Teaching Service (NTS) has been created to recruit high performing teachers and middle leaders directly into schools in challenging circumstances that are struggling to recruit and retain high-quality teachers.

  • Primary assessments

    February 2016

    The DfE has announced that the deadline for primary schools to submit Key Stage 1 and 2 teacher assessments has been postponed to 30 June. Schools Minister Nick Gibb confirmed the change in response to concerns raised by the sector.

  • Written statement on Public Service Pension Indexation and Revaluation 2016

    Advice February 2016

    On 2 February 2016 the Chief Secretary to the Treasury published a written statement on Public Service Index and Revaluation 2016. This announcement affects anyone with a public service pension scheme and advises the calculations used during the annual revaluation of public service pensions.

  • Know your Rights

    Leader article January 2016

    Academies have changed the landscape on employment and too often staff find themselves with fewer entitlements than expected, so study your contract before you sign, says Sara Ford.

  • New mentoring campaign

    Advice January 2016

    Earlier this month, the Prime Minister David Cameron announced a new campaign to encourage business people and professionals in the private, public and charitable sectors to become mentors for young people.

  • STRB: Supplementary Evidence 26th Report Remit

    Advice January 2016

    The STRB has received submissions and evidence from teaching organisations on the various matters within its remit from the Secretary of State.

  • 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.

  • Routes into Teaching Training

    Advice December 2015

    In response to requests from school leaders and potential teachers ASCL has produced a simple guide on the current routes into teaching.

  • 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.

  • Calling all maths experts

    Advice November 2015

    The Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) is seeking applications from three to four individuals to join an expert panel that will develop a project on the professional development learning journey for all teachers of mathematics.

  • Implications of being self-employed or setting up a limited company

    Advice October 2015

    Are you working as a self-employed consultant, a sole trader, a business partnership or as your own limited company?

  • September 2015 pay awards

    Advice September 2015

    The DfE have now issued the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document 2015, and revised the non-statutory guidance ‘Implementing your School’s Approach to Pay’.

  • 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.

  • Summary of the Key Changes to the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document 2015 and 2014

    Guidance paper September 2015

    Pay progression linked to performance for all pay progression has been in place for all teaching staff since September 2013.

  • 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.

  • Turning the tide

    Leader article September 2015

    The number of women deputy and assistant heads is growing but if they are to aspire to headship realistically, the profession needs to offer them more targeted career support and development now, says Carol Jones

  • Setting Pay for Business Leaders

    Guidance paper August 2015

    ASCL is committed to a system of national pay and conditions. This guidance paper is intended to bring more consistency and equality to the process of assessing the level of responsibilities to inform decisions about setting pay for business leaders and business managers.

  • Improving Your CV

    Guidance paper July 2015

    It is good practice to keep a CV up to date in order to take advantage of opportunities that may arise. These could be promotion possibilities, changes of role or simply including membership of a local voluntary or social organisation committee.

  • School teachers’ pay 2015-16

    Advice July 2015

    The Secretary of State Nicky Morgan has formally accepted the STRB’s latest recommendations.

  • Making allowances?

    Leader article July 2015

    Pay rises could push you over the tax relief limit and into trouble with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) so check your position, warns Stephen Casey.

  • Know your numbers

    Leader article July 2015

    Pay progression data can reveal hidden – possibly discriminatory – trends, so it is vital to study it carefully, says Sara Ford.

  • A perfect storm?

    Leader article July 2015

    A 5 per cent hike in costs in the next 18 months will put all schools under more pressure, but an unequal funding system is exacerbating the problems for some. Members need to take action now, reports Julie Nightingale.

  • Managing and Reducing Workload

    Policy paper June 2015

    Additional workload is work teachers do for perceived and/or unnecessary compliance processes which takes them away from the complex process of teaching and learning. This is driven by an out-of-kilter accountability culture.

  • Continuous Professional Development and Learning

    Policy paper June 2015

    Continuous professional development and learning (CPDL) is the professional learning process that focuses on student outcomes and which staff (teachers and associate staff) undertake as a consequence of planned, differentiated and collaborative learning opportunities.

  • Retiring thoughts - pensions

    Leader article April 2015

    Stephen Casey and David Binnie highlight the changes in the pipeline for teacher pensions.

  • Fair shares - business leadership

    Leader article April 2015

    ASCL has drawn up new guidance encouraging schools and local authorities (LAs) to pay school business leaders and school business managers at a rate that reflects their role in school leadership.

  • Taking the next step? Aspiring to headship

    Leader article April 2015

    Headship is potentially as rewarding as it is busy, so don’t let the scale of the job put you off.

  • SecEd guide to Essential middle leadership skills

    Advice March 2015

    The broad range of skills required to be an effective middle leader in a school makes it one of the toughest jobs there is. We break down the key skills that you will need to lead your team successfully.

  • STRB evidence

    Advice February 2015

    In response to the Secretary of State’s 25th Remit to the STRB asking them to consider the arrangements for the 2015 pay award, ASCL has submitted evidence calling for a fully funded pay award above the government’s proposed 1 per cent.

  • 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.

  • SecEd guide to stepping up to senior leadership

    Advice January 2015

    The step from middle to senior leadership can seem like a huge leap. So how do you know when you are ready to begin applying, and what should you do to achieve your promotion?

  • 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.

  • Employer engagement

    Leader article December 2014

    Karleen Dowden offers five ways that schools and colleges can bring students together with employers to gain insights into the working world.

  • 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.

  • Guide to effective middle leadership

    Advice October 2014

    Effective leadership is a crucial factor in the success of a school. But how do you become a good middle leader, and what qualities and traits does the role require?

  • 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.

  • Joined-up thinking

    Leader article October 2014

    A new £22m scheme aims to capitalise on the power of networking to encourage more young people into HE and raise the pro¬ le of university outreach programmes, as Clair Murphy explains.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • School Business Management Pay and Conditions Survey 2014

    Advice July 2014

    ASCL has been campaigning for more equality in the remuneration of its business management practitioner members for several years. Earlier this term the association launched a survey to establish the impact that changes on the education landscape.

  • Autumn 2014 consolidated list of DfE changes

    Advice July 2014

    The DfE has helpfully put together a consolidated list of the autumn 2014 changes with hyperlinks to all of the relevant documents. This should be a helpful list for schools and colleges to cross-reference with their plans for September.

  • National Headteacher Standards

    Advice May 2014

    A National Headteacher Standards Review Group has been set up to define a revised set of standards for headteachers in England.

  • 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.

  • The perfect addition

    Leader article May 2014

    As more schools struggle to fill headship vacancies, business managers are successfully stepping up to leadership. Dorothy Lepkowska reports.

  • Children’s needs first

    Leader article May 2014

    Richard Bird examines new government guidance on safeguarding and is reassured to find it emphasises professional judgement rather than box-ticking.

  • Headteacher standards

    Advice April 2014

    The DfE has announced a review of the 2004 National Standards for Headteachers. The aim of the review is to establish a set of standards that are unequivocal, clear, easy to understand and focus primarily on the key elements of high-quality school and system leadership.

  • Feeling taxed?

    Advice April 2014

    Personal taxation is becoming increasingly complex, with many more people being obliged to move to self-assessment tax returns that can prove complex and are prone to errors.

  • Increase to employer pension contributions

    Advice March 2014

    ASCL received a letter from the DfE last week that outlines a proposed increase of 2.3 per cent in employer contributions to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, taking the contribution to 16.4 per cent.

  • HM Treasury valuation of Teachers’ Pensions Scheme (TPS)

    Advice March 2014

    This information is an extract from a letter that ASCL has received from the DfE related to the valuation of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. The letter gives a clear indication of a proposed increase in employer contributions to the TPS.

  • Unqualified instructors

    Advice March 2014

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

  • Extending the right to request flexible working is delayed

    Advice March 2014

    The extension of the right to request flexible working was intended to come into force in April 2014. However, this was dependent on a clause in the Children and Families Bill 2013, which has only just received Royal Assent.

  • Revised School Business Management Competency Framework

    Advice March 2014

    This unique resource has now been updated and revised.

  • Do the right thing

    Leader article March 2014

    Four recommendations in the recent report on whistleblowing by charity Public Concern at Work are particularly significant for schools and colleges, says Richard Bird.

  • Annual pension increase

    Advice February 2014

    Members receiving pensions from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS), Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) or other public sector pensions, will receive a pension increase from April 2014.

  • 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.

  • Help in testing times

    Leader article February 2014

    In the event of illness or worse, what pension benefits can you or your family draw on? David Binnie explains.