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Developing Employability Skills in Lockdown: Challenging students’ misconceptions 

ASCL preferred supplier Unifrog shares key findings from their report on the impact of the pandemic on students’ views on their skills development and career aspirations.

Posted: 15/02/2021 12:03:01
  • Post-16
  • FE
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • A Levels
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • Careers
  • Coronavirus
  • UCAS
  • HE
  • University
  • Post-18
  • College

Nine tips for supporting school and college leaders during lockdown

How can we manage workload and remote learning during the pandemic? School Improvement Director Paul Ainsworth shares nine ways to support colleagues at the frontline.

Posted: 11/02/2021 09:14:50
  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Collaboration
  • Workload
  • Mental Health
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning

Any ‘catch-up’ plans for education must focus on quality not quantity so our children and young people can thrive

A recent IFS report calls for a “massive national policy response” to address education ‘lost’ during the pandemic. But what do we mean by catch up? And what does this generation of children and young people really need to recover and thrive, asks ASCL Director of Policy Julie McCulloch. 
 

Posted: 02/02/2021 09:36:08
  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • Post-16
  • FE
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Primary
  • Mental Health
  • T Levels
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary

Children's Mental Health Week: You don't need to be Dumbledore to foresee the future

In Children’s Mental Health Week, ASCL Vice President Pepe Di’lasio suggests a five-point action plan to address the devastating impact of Covid on our children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Posted: 01/02/2021 12:11:25
  • Leadership
  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Social Media
  • Mental Health
  • Coronavirus
  • Digital
  • Remote learning

Forging a Path to Quality Learning: Creative strategies from the sunny side of the world

Dr Peter Kent, ICP President Elect and ASCL Past President, reflects on the Innovations Conference in the Maldives in response to the pandemic, and a trip of a lifetime (almost). 

Posted: 01/02/2021 11:07:55
  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • International
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning

Leaving behind a positive legacy from lockdown for school and college leaders

Inspired by the US national youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman, ASCL Vice President Pepe Di’lasio reflects on how school and college leaders can leave a positive legacy in education after lockdown ends. 

Posted: 22/01/2021 15:10:01
  • Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Parents
  • Collaboration
  • Coronavirus

Alternative arrangements for the award of VTQ and other general qualifications in summer 2021  

ASCL’s Dr Anne Murdoch OBE considers the challenges and options for consideration with Ofqual’s consultation on VTQs and other general qualifications for this summer’s exams. 
 

Posted: 20/01/2021 11:03:43
  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • FE
  • Examinations
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • Ofqual

Post-Brexit procurement changes for education

Following the announcement in December of proposals for transforming public procurement post-Brexit, ASCL Preferred Supplier Education Buying highlights five key points to consider. 

Posted: 18/01/2021 08:32:50
  • Business Leadership
  • Financial planning
  • Regulations
  • Finance
  • Legislation
  • Procurement
  • Government

Leading on Minimising Risk: Have you got the right approach?

ASCL Business Leadership Specialist Hayley Dunn reflects on the importance of managing risk strategically, and the value of designing a robust process of risk identification and controls.

Posted: 11/12/2020 10:27:23
  • Business Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Estates
  • Risk assessment

Whole school approaches for EAL pupils

ASCL Preferred Supplier FlashAcademy® shares tips and advice on how to create a whole school approach to support EAL learners in your school or college

Posted: 30/11/2020 12:09:26
  • Curriculum
  • Diversity
  • EAL

Internal Scrutiny for Academies: Update for 2020

The new Academies Financial Handbook (AFH) took effect from 1 September 2020. There are several changes to be aware of - Sarah Chambers from Cooper Parry focuses on internal scrutiny in her latest blog.
 

Posted: 26/11/2020 15:12:53
  • Governance
  • Business Leadership
  • ESFA
  • Regulations
  • Trusts
  • Risk assessment

Exams 2021: Why we need to quickly accept that not everyone will be happy next summer

Opinion is divided on whether exams should go ahead in England next summer. A government decision is needed urgently, but what are the options? ASCL’s Tom Middlehurst outlines the possible solutions. 

Posted: 16/11/2020 14:10:14
  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus

The Headteachers’ Standards 2020:  Rooted in what a ‘good head’ knows, understands and does in leading and managing a school

Following the recent publication of the Headteachers’ Standards 2020, review group Chair Malcolm Trobe CBE outlines the key points and recommendations.
 

Posted: 09/11/2020 14:03:29
  • Leadership
  • Employment
  • Ethics
  • Professional Standards
  • Professional Development

Upcoming Changes to your Teachers' Pension

Now the government’s consultation on the McCloud case has closed, ASCL’s Jacques Szemalikowski tells you what you need to know.

Posted: 03/11/2020 12:29:31
  • Conditions
  • Pay
  • Pensions
  • Financial planning
  • Legislation

What's it like in colleges at the moment?

The challenges faced by all those in education right now are immense, and FE colleges are no exception. In #LoveOurColleges week and as half-term approaches, ASCL’s Dr Anne Murdoch assesses how colleges have been coping with the many pressures. 

Posted: 19/10/2020 14:03:44
  • Funding
  • Learning
  • Post-16
  • FE
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • T Levels
  • Coronavirus
  • HE

Remember the brightness amongst the clouds - a message from Richard Sheriff, ASCL President 2020-21

A message from Richard Sheriff, ASCL President 2020-21

Posted: 15/10/2020 14:29:15

Reopening Schools and Colleges: Updates and tips for making the return safer

As school business leaders prepare schools and colleges for opening in September, Hayley Dunn shares tips and resources to help manage risk and alleviate concerns. 

Posted: 20/08/2020 15:08:36
  • Business Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Coronavirus

SixintoSeven: Giving your Year 7 pupils and teachers a head start

ASCL Deputy Director of Policy Duncan Baldwin outlines how the new SixintoSeven project assists new Year 7 students and their teachers. 

Posted: 18/08/2020 11:58:35
  • Assessment
  • Primary
  • Key Stage 2
  • Transitions
  • Key Stage 3

SixintoSeven Transition: The gift of a ‘golden nugget’ 

ASCL Primary Specialist Tiffnie Harris outlines the new SixintoSeven project which gives Year 6 teachers the means to pass on their professional judgements on each of their pupils to their new secondary school.

Posted: 17/08/2020 11:55:58
  • Assessment
  • Primary
  • Data
  • Key Stage 2
  • Transitions
  • Key Stage 3

Teachers concerned EAL pupils have lost confidence in social language skills due to school closures

ASCL’s recommended EAL provider, FlashAcademy®, surveyed EAL teachers and teaching assistants to better understand their concerns ahead of September.

Posted: 28/07/2020 11:40:57
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • EAL