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Ofsted, trusts and the shape of things to come

What does the recent schools White Paper mean for inspection? How do we make inspection work better for schools, for colleges, for students, communities and for the taxpayer?  ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton starts the debate in his weekly blog.

Posted: 20/05/2022 09:10:28
  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Blog

Student anxiety has emerged as the biggest challenge of exams season

Our member survey published this week showed headteachers reporting significant levels of stress and anxiety among students taking exams this year.  Geoff Barton highlights steps the government should take to tackle the issue. 

Posted: 13/05/2022 09:48:37
  • Funding
  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Mental Health
  • Government
  • DfE
  • Blog

GCSEs must be reformed for the sake of pupils’ mental health

Following publication this week of Ofqual's three-year plan, Geoff Barton argues in his latest blog that it's time for a rethink of our outdated GCSE exam system for the sake of pupils' mental health.

Posted: 06/05/2022 08:36:34
  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • Mental Health
  • Ofqual
  • Qualifications
  • Blog

Leaders and teachers have acted while government has served up only platitudes

After a bruising two years, the reality behind the latest attendance statistics is bleak, while the response from ministers is frustratingly tone deaf, says Geoff Barton in his latest blog. 

Posted: 08/04/2022 10:32:13
  • Leadership
  • Examinations
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Education recovery
  • DfE
  • Blog
  • Staff absence

Living with Covid and Exams: More questions than answers

Covid and exams: The unanswered questions we’re asking on behalf of school and college leaders. See ASCL Curriculum, Assessment and Inspection Specialist Tom Middlehurst’s blog.

Posted: 01/04/2022 13:52:58
  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Health and safety
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment
  • Blog

The government must stop taking school and college leaders for granted

Rather than supporting schools and colleges, it sometimes feels like the government is working in opposition to them. This is one of those weeks, says Geoff Barton in his latest blog.

Posted: 01/04/2022 10:57:45
  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Government
  • Education recovery
  • DfE
  • Strategy
  • Education system
  • Blog

Learning Without Artificial Walls: Stage not age

How can leaders address the attainment gap?  Post-lockdown, Martin Blain, Principal, and his SLT at Canary Wharf College, reconsidered their approach to interventions and teaching to ‘stage not age’. He shares his school’s experiences in his guest blog. 

Posted: 31/03/2022 10:54:19
  • Inclusion
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • Primary
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Intervention
  • Blog

Creating a Cohesive Trust: What does having a shared culture really mean?

What are the factors which create a successful, shared culture in a MAT? Harriet Cheng of ASCL Premier Partner Arbor shares their latest findings in her guest blog. 

Posted: 28/03/2022 12:00:11
  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • MAT
  • Collaboration
  • Strategy
  • Blog

The white paper, academisation and a tidying-up exercise

Ahead of the government’s long-awaited schools white paper, Geoff Barton considers why, after nearly two decades, we’re still trying to sort out academisation.

Posted: 25/03/2022 15:59:36
  • Governance
  • MAT
  • Government
  • DfE
  • Blog

Chancellor must act to avert a new education funding crisis

In his latest blog, ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton considers the increasing pressures on education funding and looks ahead to the Chancellor's spring statement. 

Posted: 18/03/2022 09:55:40
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Financial planning
  • Forecast
  • Finance
  • Resources
  • Government
  • DfE
  • Blog

School Transition: Simplifying the process 

How can you simplify the transfer of school transition data? ASCL Premier Partner SixIntoSeven shares information and advice about this collaborative process in their guest blog.   
 

Posted: 17/03/2022 11:18:24
  • Primary
  • Data
  • Key Stage 2
  • Transitions
  • Key Stage 3
  • Secondary

“Arts and creativity are at the core of what we do”

In this guest blog by Artsmark, Emma Watson talks to the Vice Principal of Birmingham Ormiston Academy to find out more about their approach to the arts and culture in their MAT. 

Posted: 09/03/2022 09:52:31
  • Leadership
  • Learning
  • Curriculum
  • Mental Health
  • Blog

Closing the disadvantage gap

Make a positive impact on your students, particularly those experiencing disadvantage, as they consider applying for university. ASCL Premier Partner Unifrog provides advice in this guest blog.
 

Posted: 08/03/2022 15:10:19
  • Premier Partner
  • Post-16
  • Careers
  • UCAS
  • University
  • Post-18
  • Blog

A cause for hope

Ahead of ASCL Annual Conference 2022 next week, Geoff Barton considers the conference theme of ‘ambitious leadership’ in his regular weekly blog.

Posted: 04/03/2022 12:46:25
  • Leadership
  • Government
  • Blueprint
  • Blog
  • Forgotten Third

Online Safety: Responding to ongoing concerns affecting schools and colleges

All staff in schools and colleges face many challenges when dealing with online safety as well as how they respond to harmful online behaviour. In this guest blog, online safety experts SWGfL outline the resources and support available to education professionals to help them navigate these concerns. 

Posted: 24/02/2022 16:46:17
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Parents
  • Mental Health
  • RSE
  • Digital
  • Everyone's Invited
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual violence
  • Blog
  • TikTok

Which engine type is the most efficient?

Petrol, diesel, hybrid or electric? ASCL Additional Benefits provider Motor Source Group outlines how to make wiser choices when buying vehicles.

Posted: 22/02/2022 15:07:05
  • Benefits
  • Blog
  • Climate change

Why it’s politic to teach our young people politics

In this week's blog, ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton discusses the importance of teaching young people in schools and colleges why democracy matters. 

Posted: 11/02/2022 16:19:39
  • Leadership
  • Curriculum
  • Government
  • Blog

Levelling Up: Now we know what it means - lots of stuff but little substance

The government's white paper on 'levelling up' is the subject of ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton's weekly blog. He looks at what its proposals mean for education.  

Posted: 04/02/2022 12:59:51
  • Funding
  • Government
  • DfE
  • Blog

How do you feel? Edurio’s Summary of Pupil Learning Experience and Wellbeing Review 

ASCL Premier Partner Edurio recently published their Pupil Learning Experience and Wellbeing Review following their summer 2021 survey of over 45,000 pupils’ experiences of school and college. Edurio’s Head of Research Iona Jackson outlines some of the key findings in her guest blog. 

Posted: 06/12/2021 12:34:02
  • Premier Partner
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health

Growing the culture of apprenticeships in schools 

Apprenticeships provide many benefits to school leavers and employers but are often seen as the ‘poor cousin’ to full-time higher education. In his guest blog, Richard Kirk of Workplus challenges this perception and outlines the opportunities apprenticeships offer. 

Posted: 18/11/2021 15:08:57
  • Jobs
  • Post-16
  • Careers
  • Northern Ireland
  • Post-18
  • Apprenticeships
  • FE
  • Qualifications
  • Training