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Taking kindness seriously

In Mental Health Awareness Week, ASCL SEND and Inclusion Specialist Margaret Mulholland reflects on the importance of kindness, particularly as we consider how we support students and staff returning to school or college over the coming months.  

Posted: 19/05/2020 15:05:29
  • Ethics
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health
  • Diversity
  • Coronavirus

Lost Learning: Educational gaps caused by coronavirus

Lost learning and educational gaps caused by the coronavirus outbreak are a key concern for school and college leaders and their staff, particularly for disadvantaged children and young people. ASCL Curriculum and Inspection Specialist Steve Rollett highlights important points to consider as schools and colleges prepare for phased reopening.  
 

Posted: 15/05/2020 10:53:14
  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • Planning
  • Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Leadership in lockdown (Powys)

Crickhowell High School, Powys
Headteacher Jackie Parker shares how her school has been handling the many challenges experienced during the coronavirus outbreak, and how positivity and collaboration have been key to their focus. 

 

Posted: 06/05/2020 08:46:22
  • Leadership
  • Learning
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Parents
  • Coronavirus

How will all our children and young people re-engage with school?

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton will be discussing approaches to a ‘recovery curriculum’ with Professor Barry Carpenter at our webinar on 6 May, inspired by the think piece Loss and Recovery written in partnership with his son Matthew, an ASCL headteacher. 

Posted: 05/05/2020 11:50:50
  • Leadership
  • Inclusion
  • Teaching
  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Parents
  • Mental Health
  • Coronavirus

School and College Closures: Supporting vulnerable pupils with EAL 

Schools and colleges remain closed for the foreseeable future, with the exception for children of key workers and vulnerable children. But where does this leave pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL)? ASCL Preferred Supplier FlashAcademy® highlights some of the issues and shares ideas on how to tackle them. 

Posted: 29/04/2020 11:20:49
  • Preferred Supplier
  • Inclusion
  • Curriculum
  • Diversity
  • Disability
  • EAL
  • Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Leadership in lockdown (North Wales)

Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan, North Wales
Headteacher Lee Cummins reflects on his role of headteacher and how that has changed as the coronavirus crisis continues.

Posted: 27/04/2020 13:28:44
  • Wales
  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Leadership in lockdown (Sheffield)

Wales High School, Sheffield
Headteacher Pepe Di’Iasio shares his experiences of what’s been working at his 11-19 school since lockdown began.

 

Posted: 22/04/2020 10:45:29
  • Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Planning
  • Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Leadership in lockdown (Swansea)

Olchfa School, Swansea
Headteacher Hugh Davies reflects on the dramatic changes his school has experienced since the coronavirus outbreak forced everyone to think and act differently. 

Posted: 22/04/2020 10:38:20
  • Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Planning
  • Coronavirus

Ethical Leadership and the Head of Centre Sign-Off

Carolyn Roberts, Headteacher, Thomas Tallis School and Chair of the Ethical Leadership Commission, applies the Framework for Ethical Leadership to Ofqual's new guidance for this summer's exams. 

Posted: 08/04/2020 10:34:44
  • Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Assessment
  • Professional Standards
  • Examinations
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus

Ghost College

Andrew Parkin, Principal, St Dominic’s Sixth Form College, Harrow on the Hill and ASCL Council Member, reports on a week like no other.

Posted: 06/04/2020 11:57:54
  • Leadership
  • Post-16
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus

Accidental CEOs and the need for deliberate practice

Dr Kate Chhatwal OBE, CEO of school improvement charity Challenge Partners, considers the importance of preparing the next generation of trust leaders.
 

Posted: 06/03/2020 15:41:19
  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • MAT
  • Trusts
  • School Improvement

A four-step plan in roof maintenance for educational facilities

Tom Kerr, Sales Director at ASCL Preferred Supplier Langley Waterproofing Systems Ltd explains how school stakeholders can ensure the longevity of one of the most expensive building assets – the roof. 

Posted: 02/03/2020 14:32:42
  • Preferred Supplier
  • Health and safety
  • Resources

Engage, Motivate and Retain the Very Best in the Profession: Devising new approaches

Denise Inwood, MD and Founder of BlueSky highlights some new approaches to help with retaining staff in schools and colleges. BlueSky is a headline sponsor of ASCL Annual Conference and an ASCL Premier Partner.   

Posted: 27/02/2020 10:10:00
  • Leadership
  • Employment
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Career Progression
  • Workload

Ethical Leadership in Education: "Accountability is not enough; we have to do good"

Carolyn Roberts is chair of the Ethical Leadership Commission and Headteacher at Thomas Tallis School in Greenwich. Carolyn delivered this speech as part of the Ethical Leadership Summit at the Institite of Education, UCL, London in January 2020.

Posted: 26/02/2020 12:44:42

A case for leadership diversity

Vivienne Porritt, Co-Founder and Strategic Leader of #WomenEd shares ideas and suggestions to make sure you are recruiting, and retaining, an authentic and diverse leadership team.

Posted: 12/02/2020 10:37:19
  • Leadership
  • Employment
  • Ethics
  • Inclusion
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Career Progression
  • Diversity

Senior Leaders: Five key areas of focus when managing exams in your centre

Jugjit Chima, Founder of The Exams Office, provides five key areas to focus on for leaders responsible for the management and administration of exmas at their centre.

Posted: 06/02/2020 14:28:18
  • Accountability
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Ofqual

Managing exam entries in your centre

Jugjit Chima, Founder of The Exams Office, shares tips and advice for staff managing the exams cycle in their school or college. 

Posted: 28/01/2020 09:26:51
  • Leadership
  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • Ofqual

Raising Aspirations for Disadvantaged Students: Examples from around the UK

Richard Angus, Head of Education Partnerships at MyTutor, shares a diverse range of examples of how schools and colleges around the UK run effective initiatives to help raise students' aspirations. 

Posted: 27/01/2020 11:20:03
  • Jobs
  • Employment
  • Learning
  • Post-16
  • FE
  • Collaboration
  • Careers

Girls in STEM

Emma Tonkin, Content and Marketing Lead at ASCL Preferred Supplier Unifrog, highlights some of the findings from their Horizons report, in particular the progress made in closing the gender gap in STEM subjects. 

Posted: 23/01/2020 12:15:14
  • Inclusion
  • Curriculum
  • Post-16
  • FE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • T Levels

LGBTQ+ in education

Hannah Jepson, Co-founder and Director of LGBTed, shares her thoughts on the importance of role models from the LGBTQ+ community in education - for staff and students.

Posted: 20/01/2020 09:24:09
  • Leadership
  • Inclusion
  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health