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Good Estate Management for Schools (GEMS): Taking a strategic approach

There are many benefits to taking a strategic approach to estate management – here Robert Gould of ASCL Premier Partner Barker Associates outlines key points to consider when developing and carrying out your Asset Management Plan.

Posted: 19/10/2021 06:53:34
  • Premier Partner
  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Business Leadership
  • Financial planning
  • Finance
  • Estates

Trusts and LA-maintained Schools: Would a formal trust partnership work for you? 

Paul Cohen, the DfE’s Deputy Director for School Improvement and MAT Growth, outlines newly published guidance to help schools and trusts explore if this is the right move for them. 

Posted: 12/10/2021 14:22:11
  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • MAT
  • Trusts

Checks and Balances: Learning points for academies from ESFA assurance findings

ASCL’s Business Leadership Specialist Hayley Dunn analyses the findings and advises on the key learning points following the ESFA’s recent review of academy financial statements and audits.

Posted: 01/10/2021 12:27:18
  • Governance
  • Business Leadership
  • Financial planning
  • ESFA
  • Regulations
  • Finance
  • MAT
  • Trusts

The New EYFS Framework: What are the changes – and choices? 

The new EYFS framework became statutory for all early years provides in England from 1 September. ASCL’s Primary Specialist, Tiffnie Harris, guides you through the changes and choices in her latest blog. 

Posted: 03/09/2021 09:11:25
  • Curriculum
  • Primary
  • Government
  • Early years

The New Remote Learning Continuity Direction, August 2021: What do schools need to know?

As schools return after the summer break, the Remote Learning Continuity Direction has been renewed for 2021/22. ASCL’s Tom Middlehurst highlights what schools need to know about their statutory obligations. 

Posted: 31/08/2021 09:50:55
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Primary
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Health and safety
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary
  • Attendance
  • Remote learning
  • Blended learning

Retaining aspiration in the year ahead

After 18 months of disruption, how can leaders reliably track pupil progress and support aspirational targets for learning and assessment? ASCL Premier Partner Alps considers the evidence and suggests resources to help. 

Posted: 23/08/2021 10:15:09
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Data
  • Secondary
  • Blog

New law in autumn to make school uniform costs affordable – what can we do now? 

Government guidance for schools is expected in autumn on the cost of school uniforms. ASCL Business Leadership Specialist Hayley Dunn looks at what schools can expect and what can be done now to prepare.

Posted: 19/07/2021 14:44:43
  • Business Leadership
  • Legislation
  • Parents
  • Government
  • School uniforms

Preparing for leadership

About to apply for your first role in school or college leadership? Deputy Headteacher Sapuran Gill shares his insights and experience to help you prepare for the next stage in your career. 

Posted: 14/07/2021 14:12:46
  • Leadership
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Career Progression
  • Professional Development

Is Your Energy Consultant Reliable, Ethical, and Transparent?

Energy costs account for a substantial amount of your school or college’s overheads, so managing your energy options is vital. ASCL Preferred Supplier Zenergi shares eight helpful points to watch out for when dealing with energy consultants.

Posted: 24/05/2021 10:03:53
  • Business Leadership
  • Financial planning
  • Resources
  • Procurement

Post-pandemic, where do we start with assessment?

As schools return to some kind of normality post-lockdown, where do they start when it comes to assessment? Crispin Chatterton of ASCL Preferred Supplier GL Assessment provides a few tips.
 

Posted: 29/04/2021 10:08:49
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Primary
  • Data
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • Trusts
  • Independent
  • Secondary

EAL: Language awareness in science

ASCL Preferred Supplier FlashAcademy® looks at the language of science and how to give EAL learners the tools to succeed with their science resource pack – exclusive to ASCL members.
 

Posted: 21/04/2021 15:03:49
  • Inclusion
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • Primary
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • EAL
  • Secondary

Cyber Security Update: Concerning rise in ransomware attacks 

With the recent alert issued to the education sector by the National Cyber Security Centre, how can you protect your organisation against cyber-attacks, and what do you do if you’ve been targeted? ASCL’s Hayley Dunn shares the latest advice. 

Posted: 01/04/2021 16:07:52
  • Business Leadership
  • Data
  • Data protection
  • Digital
  • Risk assessment

The Transitional Protection Remedy and your Teachers' Pension

Following the recent McCloud/Sargeant case on firefighters and judges' pension schemes, how will the recent Court of Appeal ruling affect you and your pension? ASCL's Jacques Szemalikowski explains. 

Posted: 29/03/2021 14:08:31
  • Pay
  • Pensions
  • Annual Allowance

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Examinations
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • Ofqual