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ASCL comment on rollout of Covid vaccinations to 12 to 15-year-olds

20 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the rollout of Covid vaccinations to 12 to 15-year-olds.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Vaccination

ASCL comment on departure of Nick Gibb as schools minister

16 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Nick Gibb’s departure from the role of school standards minister. 

  • Government

ASCL comment on guidance over Covid jabs for 12 to 15-year-olds

15 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the guidance published today for schools on the coronavirus vaccination programme for 12 to 15-year-olds. 

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Vaccination

ASCL comment on appointment of new Education Secretary

15 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the appointment of Nadhim Zahawi as the new Secretary of State for Education

ASCL proposes overhaul of school admissions to prioritise disadvantaged pupils

14 September 2021

The Association of School and College Leaders today proposes a potential change to school admissions in England to give priority to places for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

  • Leadership
  • Equalities
  • Social Mobility
  • Blueprint

ASCL responds to EPI warning of declining diversity in A level choices

14 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the report from the Education Policy Institute (EPI) and Royal Society on declining diversity in post-16 subject choices.

  • Post-16
  • Curriculum
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • College

Education unions respond jointly to STRB, criticising pay freeze imposed by Government

14 September 2021

The joint response to the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) report from the ASCL, NAHT, NEU and Voice Community underlines the profession's opposition to the Government's imposition of a pay freeze on teachers and school leaders. There is no justification for the pay freeze, which has been greeted with dismay by teachers and school leaders. They have made an immense contribution to the country's pandemic response, but instead of supporting them the Government continues its attacks on their pay. 

  • Pay
  • STRB
  • Government

ASCL Cymru comment on decision to offer Covid vaccinations to 12 to 15-year-olds in Wales

14 September 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the decision to offer Covid vaccinations to all children aged between 12 and 15 in Wales.

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Vaccination

ASCL comment on recommendation to offer Covid vaccinations to 12 to 15-year-olds

13 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the recommendation of the chief medical officers to offer Covid-19 vaccinations to 12 to 15-year-olds.

  • Health and safety
  • Parents
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary
  • Risk assessment
  • Vaccination

ASCL Northern Ireland comment on Covid contact tracing

09 September 2021

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Northern Ireland, comments on plans for the Public Health Agency to take over contact tracing in schools in Northern Ireland from Friday. 

  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Northern Ireland
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to UCL report on tackling extremism through the classroom

07 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report, ‘Addressing Extremism Through the Classroom’, by researchers at the UCL Institute of Education.

  • Safeguarding
  • Social Media
  • Education system

ASCL responds to IFS report on home learning experiences

06 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, commenting on the report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on home learning experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. 

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning

ASCL responds to JCVI decision on Covid jabs for 12 to 15-year-olds

03 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the decision of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) not to recommend Covid vaccines in general for children aged between 12 and 15. 

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary
  • Vaccination

ASCL comment on IFS research showing school spending per pupil set to remain below 2009 levels

02 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication of research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies showing school spending per pupil in England fell by 9% in real terms between 2009-10 and 2019-20. 

  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Education recovery
  • Education system

ASCL responds to NFER report on Covid impact and learning recovery

02 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), on the on-going impact of Covid-19 on schools serving predominantly deprived populations. 

  • Funding
  • Learning
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Mental Health
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

School and college leaders propose £5.8 billion education recovery plan

02 September 2021

ASCL has joined with a range of education leaders in writing to Gavin Williamson with a proposal for a £5.8 billion education recovery plan following the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Collaboration
  • Resources
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on Labour’s ‘back to school report’

01 September 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Labour’s ‘back to school report’ showing that the UK has outstripped European countries in the length of school closures. 

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery
  • Education system

ASCL Cymru comment on Local Infection Control Decision Framework for schools

27 August 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the launch of the Welsh government’s contingency framework for schools. 

  • Cymru
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment
  • Education recovery

ASCL responds to SAGE warning over 'exponential increases’ in school coronavirus infections

27 August 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the release of a report to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), warning of ‘exponential increases’ in coronavirus infections in secondary schools. 

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on back to school campaign launch

26 August 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the launch of the government’s back to school campaign.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on carbon dioxide monitors for schools

21 August 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s plan to provide schools and colleges with carbon dioxide monitors.

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on Sutton Trust report into ‘locked out’ disadvantaged early years children

19 August 2021

Tiffnie Harris, Primary Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Sutton Trust report highlighting that three and four year olds are being ‘locked out’ of crucial early years opportunities. 

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Primary
  • Early years
  • Social Mobility

ASCL comment on IFS report into further education and sixth form spending in England

18 August 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the IFS report which says that a large increase in student numbers means additional spending on sixth forms and colleges has done little to reverse a decade of cuts in funding per student.

  • Funding
  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • HE
  • College
  • Apprenticeships
  • FE

Education unions make joint call for urgent action on ventilation in schools

17 August 2021

Education unions, together with Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Daisy Cooper MP, have today written to Gavin Williamson urging the government to take firm action to improve ventilation in schools to reduce further Covid disruption.

  • Business Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL responds to DfE consultation on student behaviours

16 August 2021

School and college leaders have called on the Education Secretary to end his ‘fixation’ with banning mobile phones in classrooms in their response to a government consultation on student behaviours.

  • Behaviour
  • DfE

ASCL comment on GCSE results

12 August 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the publication of GCSE results.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • Secondary

ASCL Cymru comment on GCSE results

12 August 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru comments on the publication of GCSE results in Wales.

  • Assessment
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • Secondary

ASCL Northern Ireland comment on GCSE results

12 August 2021

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland, comments on the publication of GCSE results in Northern Ireland.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • Northern Ireland
  • Secondary

GCSE results day will deliver fair and accurate grades

11 August 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments ahead of the publication of GCSE results on Thursday 12 August. 

  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • Secondary

GCSE results day in Wales will deliver fair and accurate grades

11 August 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments ahead of the publication of GCSE results in Wales on Thursday 12 August.

  • Assessment
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • Secondary

ASCL comment on A level results

10 August 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on results for A levels, AS levels and vocational qualifications published today,

  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • College
  • FE

ASCL Cymru comment on A level results

10 August 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on results for A levels, AS levels and vocational qualifications published in Wales today. 

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Examinations
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • College
  • FE

ASCL Northern Ireland comment on A level results

10 August 2021

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland comments on results for A levels, AS levels and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland published today. 

  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • Northern Ireland
  • College
  • FE

ASCL pays tribute to students and teachers ahead of A-level results day

09 August 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments ahead of the publication of results for A levels, AS levels and vocational qualifications on Tuesday 10 August. 

  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • Ofqual
  • HE
  • FE

ASCL Cymru pays tribute to students and learners ahead of A-level results day

09 August 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the publication of results for A levels, AS levels and vocational qualifications in Wales on Tuesday 10 August.

  • Post-16
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Examinations
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • College
  • FE

ASCL comment on new UCAS research on post-18 plans

05 August 2021

Anne Murdoch, Senior Adviser, College Leadership, at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on UCAS research showing that 42% of UK 18-year-olds are currently holding an offer to commence a full-time undergraduate degree in autumn 2021, leaving 58% not doing so.

  • Careers
  • UCAS
  • University
  • Post-18
  • Apprenticeships
  • FE

ASCL comment on Covid vaccines for over-16s

04 August 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to reports that all over-16s in Britain are set to be offered coronavirus vaccinations. 

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Vaccination
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on Pearson Edexcel exam fees rebate

03 August 2021

Tom Middlehurst, Curriculum and Inspection Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Pearson Edexcel’s decision to give schools and colleges a rebate of 33% on fees for GCSEs and A-levels.

  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Exam fees

ASCL response to consultation on exams in 2022

29 July 2021

Tom Middlehurst, Curriculum and Inspection Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the consultation on adaptations to GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2022.

  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

ASCL responds to Sutton Trust research on pandemic and university admissions

29 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the Sutton Trust research ‘A-levels and university access 2021’.

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Parents
  • A Levels
  • Pupil Premium
  • Coronavirus
  • University
  • Grading
  • Qualifications

Education bodies write to Gavin Williamson urging him not to scrap BTEC qualifications 

29 July 2021

Twelve organisations that represent and support staff and students in schools, colleges and universities have today written to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson urging him not to scrap the vast majority of applied general qualifications such as BTECs. 

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • HE
  • Post-18
  • College
  • FE
  • Qualifications

ASCL comment on summer schools for Year 7 pupils

29 July 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s announcement that 74% of eligible mainstream secondary schools across England have opted to host a summer school.

  • Teaching
  • Transitions
  • Secondary
  • Education recovery
  • Summer schools

ASCL comment on OCR exam fees rebate

28 July 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on OCR’s decision to give schools and colleges a rebate of 42% on fees for GCSEs and A-levels. 

  • Financial planning
  • Finance
  • Examinations
  • Exam fees

Education unions react to publication of STRB report on pay

22 July 2021

Joint press release by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), National Association of Headteachers (NAHT), National Education Union (NEU) and Voice Community Section in response to the publication of STRB report on pay. 

  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Career Progression
  • STRB

ASCL comment on teacher pay review decision

21 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the report of the school teachers’ pay review body and government decision to freeze pay in 2021/22.

  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • STRB
  • STPCD
  • Planning

ASCL comment on EPI and National Day Nurseries Association report into Covid isolation

21 July 2021

Tiffnie Harris, Primary Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report from EPI and the National Day Nurseries Association showing that four in ten early years settings across England, Wales and Scotland were forced to close during the spring as a result of Covid isolation. 

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on Social Mobility Commission ‘State of the Nation’ report

20 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication of the Social Mobility Commission’s ‘State of the Nation’ report. 

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery
  • Social Mobility

ASCL comment on Week 29 school attendance figures

20 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Week 29 school attendance figures published by the Department for Education today. 

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on school performance tables decision

19 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s decisions over school performance tables in 2021/22. 

  • Learning
  • Data
  • Performance Tables
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on JCVI advice on Covid vaccination of children 

19 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) against routine Covid vaccination of children outside of higher risk groups.

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment
  • Vaccination

Government urged to call halt to teacher training review

17 July 2021

A coalition of education organisations representing most teachers and leaders in England has written to Schools Minister Nick Gibb calling for an immediate halt to a consultation about an overhaul of teacher training because of the danger that it will damage the supply of high-quality teachers to schools.

  • Teaching
  • Career Progression
  • Careers
  • Government
  • Training

ASCL comment on AQA exam fee rebate

16 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on AQA’s announcement of a 26% rebate on exam fees.

  • Funding
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on EPI report into cost of high-quality training for teachers

15 July 2021

Sara Ford, Deputy Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report from EPI showing that giving teachers a formal entitlement to high-quality training and development would only cost the government an extra £210m in funding a year. 

  • Employment
  • Funding
  • Career Progression
  • Professional Development
  • Government

ASCL comment on Week 28 school attendance figures

13 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Week 28 school attendance figures published by the Department for Education today. 

  • Data
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on National Foundation for Educational Research policy briefing on learning recovery

13 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the National Foundation for Educational Research policy briefing, in which school leaders warn that the current approach to learning recovery is “misconceived and inadequate”. 

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on plans for exams in 2022

12 July 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the proposed adjustments for exams in 2022. 

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Ofqual

ASCL comment on EPI study comparing pupil performance among UK nations

09 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the EPI study comparing pupil performance among UK nations.

  • Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Data
  • Performance Tables

ASCL Cymru comment on EPI study comparing pupil performance among UK nations

09 July 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru comments on the EPI study comparing pupil performance among UK nations.

  • Teaching
  • Assessment
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Data
  • Examinations
  • Performance Tables

ASCL comment on link between GCSE grades and earnings

09 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on Department for Education research showing that pupils who achieve higher grades at GCSE can expect to earn significantly more over their lifetime.

  • Assessment
  • Data
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • Secondary
  • Qualifications

ASCL NI comment on EPI study comparing pupil performance among UK nations

09 July 2021

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland comments on the EPI study comparing pupil performance among UK nations.

  • Teaching
  • Assessment
  • Data
  • Examinations
  • Performance Tables
  • Northern Ireland

ASCL comment on rise in university applications

08 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on undergraduate application data from UCAS showing an increase in the number of applicants for universities and colleges.

  • A Levels
  • Careers
  • Coronavirus
  • UCAS
  • University
  • Apprenticeships

ASCL comment on school funding consultation

08 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the school funding consultation published by the Department for Education.

  • Funding
  • Business Leadership
  • Financial planning
  • Finance
  • Resources
  • Government
  • DfE

ASCL comment on Labour’s call for exam clarity

06 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Labour’s call for the government to set out plans for assessments in 2022 by the return to school on 1 September.

  • Teaching
  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Curriculum
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Planning
  • Lesson planning
  • BTEC
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary
  • Risk assessment
  • FE

ASCL comment on Week 27 school attendance figures

06 July 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Week 27 school attendance figures published by the Department for Education today.

  • Business Leadership
  • Data
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on new Covid rules for schools

06 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the government’s new rules for Covid management in schools and colleges as part of step 4 of the roadmap for England.

  • Leadership
  • Learning
  • Business Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment
  • Face coverings
  • DfE

ASCL comment on PM’s statement on step 4

05 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Prime Minister’s statement on step 4 of the roadmap in England.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on NAO school funding report

02 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the National Audit Office (NAO) report ‘School funding in England’.

  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

Unions condemn government treatment of school and college leaders

02 July 2021

Three education unions have written to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson expressing our anger and dismay at the way in which the government is treating school and college leaders.

  • ASCL
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

ASCL rejects Downing Street criticism of Covid management in schools

01 July 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, is today writing to the Prime Minister over reports of Downing Street criticism about the management of Covid cases in schools.

  • ASCL
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on school behaviour consultation

29 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Secretary’s launch of a consultation on behaviour and discipline in schools.

  • Safeguarding
  • Government
  • Behaviour

Government must get a grip over plans for September

29 June 2021

Yesterday afternoon the Department for Education sent an email advising secondary schools and colleges that they may be required to set up on-site Asymptomatic Test Sites from the start of the autumn term. It said: “Schools and colleges may choose to start testing students and pupils no earlier than three days before the start of term, or stagger the return of pupils during the first week of term if they would like to do so.”

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • DfE

ASCL comment on Week 26 school attendance statistics

29 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Week 26 school attendance statistics published by the Department for Education today. 

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL Cymru comments on Education Minister’s statement on Covid-related absences in schools

28 June 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on Education Minister Jeremy Miles’ statement on Covid-related absences in Welsh schools.

  • Learning
  • Cymru
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on Thank a Teacher Day

23 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Thank a Teacher Day. 

  • Teaching
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Cymru comments on WJEC exam rebate announcement

23 June 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on WJEC’s announcement that it will rebate schools 42% of exam fees following the cancellation of public exams in 2021 and the Welsh government’s announcement that it would top up the rebate to 50%. 

  • Cymru
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Examinations

ASCL comment on Week 25 school attendance statistics

22 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Week 25 school attendance statistics.

  • Teaching
  • Business Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL responds to Education Select Committee’s report on white disadvantaged pupils

21 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the House of Commons Education Committee which finds that white working-class pupils have been let down by decades of neglect.

  • Pupil Premium
  • Government

ASCL comment on rise in free school meal eligibility

17 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on latest figures which show an increase in the proportion of children eligible for free school meals. 

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Free school meals

Unions launch website to lobby government to remove asbestos from educational buildings

17 June 2021

Unions have launched a new campaigning website to put pressure on the government to remove all asbestos from educational buildings.

  • Funding
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Business Leadership
  • Regulations
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Risk assessment

ASCL responds to NFER report calling for apprenticeship reform

16 June 2021

Anne Murdoch, college leadership adviser at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report published by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) which calls for urgent apprenticeship reform to improve prospects for disadvantaged young people in the wake of the pandemic. 

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • Post-18
  • Apprenticeships
  • FE
  • Qualifications

Education bodies say government plans to remove funding for BTEC qualifications "will leave many students without a viable pathway at the age of 16"

15 June 2021

Eleven organisations that represent staff and students in schools, colleges and universities have today issued a joint statement urging the government to rethink plans to remove funding for the majority of applied general qualifications such as BTECs. 

  • Employment
  • Post-16
  • BTEC
  • College
  • FE
  • Qualifications

Majority of school and college leaders call for at least 75% rebate on exam fees

15 June 2021

Nearly two-thirds of headteachers and principals have called for a rebate of 75% or more on exam fees following the cancellation of this summer’s public exams and the responsibility for assessing students in A-levels, GCSEs and other qualifications shifting to schools and colleges.

  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • BTEC
  • Qualifications

ASCL comment on PM’s decision to delay easing of lockdown

14 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Prime Minister’s decision to delay the further easing of coronavirus restrictions.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on Ofsted review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges

10 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on Ofsted’s review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Ofsted
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Mental Health
  • RSE
  • Risk assessment
  • Everyone's Invited
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual violence

ASCL comment on EPI analysis of education recovery funding compared to Eat Out to Help Out scheme

09 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Policy Institute (EPI) research note which shows that government funding for education recovery for pupils over the whole of the next academic year amounts to only slightly more than the funding that has gone towards the Chancellor’s “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme. 

  • Funding
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on JCQ appeals guidance

08 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on guidance from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) on the appeals process for this summer’s A-levels, GCSEs and other qualifications. 

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Appeals
  • University
  • Qualifications

ASCL comment on Week 23 school attendance statistics

08 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the school attendance statistics published by the Department for Education today.

  • Data
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on the appointment of Michelle McIlveen as Minister for Education

08 June 2021

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland, comments on the appointment of Michelle McIlveen to replace Peter Weir as Northern Ireland’s Minister for Education. 

  • Government
  • Northern Ireland

ASCL comments on Ofsted research review on languages education

07 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on Ofsted’s research review on languages education.

  • Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • MFL

ASCL responds to PHE data on Covid variants in schools

04 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on a breakdown from Public Health England (PHE) of outbreaks of Covid variants in schools. 

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on learning loss research published by the Department for Education

04 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the research published this afternoon by the Department for Education on pupil learning loss caused by the pandemic. 

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on education recovery plan

02 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the government announcement about the post-Covid education recovery plan.

  • Funding
  • Financial planning
  • Finance
  • Resources
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on reported resignation of Sir Kevan Collins

02 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to reports that Sir Kevan Collins has offered his resignation as Education Recovery Commissioner.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Resources
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on leaked report of education recovery plan

01 June 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report in The Times of a leaked presentation of the post-Covid education recovery plan.

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

School and college arts festival celebrates the creativity of the nation’s young people

28 May 2021

Schools and colleges across the country are today (Friday 28 May) showcasing the breadth of creative talent among children and young people in a national festival celebrating the vital role the arts plays in education.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Curriculum
  • Festival of School and College Arts

ASCL comment on pupil absence in autumn term

27 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on statistics on pupil absence in schools in England in the autumn term 2020. 

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Remote learning

ASCL comment on reappointment of Amanda Spielman

27 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the reappointment of Amanda Spielman as Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills for a new term of two years. 

  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Government

ASCL comments on Public Accounts Committee report

26 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the Public Accounts Committee, which finds that despite being involved in a 2016 cross-government exercise on dealing with a pandemic, the Department for Education (DfE) had ‘no plan’ and was ‘unprepared’ for the challenges of Covid-19.

  • Teaching
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Blended learning
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on Ofsted’s review of maths

25 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Ofsted’s review of mathematics education.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Curriculum
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Ofsted
  • Government

ASCL comment on Week 21 school attendance statistics

25 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Week 21 school attendance statistics.

  • Data
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comments on LGA survey on £118 million lost pupil premium funding

21 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the LGA’s report that a total of £118 million for disadvantaged pupils could be lost from school budgets in England this year due to a government change in how pupil premium funding is calculated.

  • Funding
  • Budget
  • Pupil Premium
  • Government

ASCL comment on IFS findings over Covid-related funding for education

20 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the briefing note from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) which finds that 30% of Covid-related spending on education in England is due to come from existing budgets.

  • Business Leadership
  • Financial planning
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

ASCL comments on Ofsted Parents Survey for 2021

20 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Ofsted’s annual Parents Survey for 2021, in which a large majority of parents (87%) think that their child’s school has handled the pandemic well.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Ofsted
  • Parents
  • Mental Health
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on EPI’s teacher pay report

20 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the Education Policy Institute (EPI) which finds that after a surge in teacher numbers following the pandemic, the subsequent economic recovery could result in a large proportion of this new intake quitting for other occupations.

  • Employment
  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • EPI

ASCL comment on Sutton Trust’s call for early years to be at the heart of education recovery

20 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the call by the Sutton Trust to put the development and wellbeing of pre-school children at the heart of the education recovery plan.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health
  • Early years
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on Ofsted’s teacher training report

19 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Ofsted’s report ‘Teaching teachers during Covid-19’. 

  • Teaching
  • Ofsted

ASCL comment on PM’s plan for ‘stronger schools’

19 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on plans to fund education initiatives in some areas of England as outlined in the government press release ‘Prime Minister hails levelling up in action as government unveils raft of new policies’.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Business Leadership
  • Finance
  • Resources
  • Government

ASCL comment on Week 20 school attendance statistics

18 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Week 20 school attendance statistics. 

  • Health and safety
  • Parents
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on EPI’s £13.5bn education recovery proposals

14 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report from the Education Policy Institute (EPI) setting out a £13.5 billion education recovery package.

  • Funding
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • EPI
  • Education recovery

ASCL responds to Ofsted report on SEND support in mainstream schools

13 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report from Ofsted that some pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in mainstream schools are not getting enough help to support their learning and development. 

  • Funding
  • Learning
  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Ofsted
  • SEND

ASCL backs major overhaul of university admissions

13 May 2021

The Association of School and College Leaders has backed a major overhaul of the university admissions system to end the current ‘pantomime’ around offers and admissions.

  • Post-16
  • A Levels
  • University
  • Post-18
  • Qualifications

ASCL Cymru survey shows Welsh schools want significant reduction in exam fees

12 May 2021

More than three-quarters of school and college leaders believe the Welsh examining board should receive minimal fees this summer for the reduced workload it has taken on as a result of the cancellation of public exams, a survey by ASCL Cymru has found.

  • Assessment
  • Cymru
  • Examinations

ASCL comment on Week 19 school attendance figures

11 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Week 19 school attendance figures. 

  • Health and safety
  • Parents
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on Lifetime Skills Guarantee

11 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the government’s announcement in the Queen’s Speech of a Lifetime Skills Guarantee.

  • Funding
  • Learning
  • Government
  • College
  • FE
  • Qualifications

ASCL comment on funding for mental health support in schools and colleges

10 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s announcement of more than £17 million to build on mental health support available in education settings.

  • Funding
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health
  • Government

ASCL comment on PM’s announcement on face masks in schools and colleges

10 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Prime Minister’s announcement about face masks in secondary schools and colleges.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on lifting of face masks in classrooms

07 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to reports that the government is planning to lift the requirement to wear face masks in secondary school and college classrooms. 

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Face coverings

ASCL comment on Week 18 school attendance statistics

05 May 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Week 18 school attendance statistics published by the Department for Education today.

  • Leadership
  • Data
  • Health and safety
  • Parents
  • Attendance

ASCL responds to autumn exam series decision

04 May 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Ofqual’s decision that students who receive a teacher assessed grade this summer will be eligible to take exams in the autumn. 

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus
  • Grading

ASCL responds to Sutton Trust research on Pupil Premium funding

29 April 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to research published by the Sutton Trust which finds that over a third of heads are using Pupil Premium funding to plug general gaps in their school’s budget.

  • Funding
  • Budget
  • Pupil Premium
  • Government

ASCL responds to Education Secretary’s speech on MATs and behaviour

28 April 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson’s speech to the Confederation of School Trusts and his comments on the government’s vision for MAT growth and on behaviour and discipline.

  • MAT
  • Trusts
  • Government
  • Behaviour

ASCL comment on EPI teacher development report

28 April 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Policy Institute’s study showing that providing teachers with a right to high-quality training and development would boost pupil attainment.

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Professional Development
  • EPI

ASCL comment on latest school attendance statistics

27 April 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the latest school attendance statistics.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

Survey reveals range of approaches to assessing GCSEs and A-levels

23 April 2021

Most schools will be placing an emphasis on using exam-style papers this summer to assess students for GCSEs, A-levels and other qualifications following the government’s decision to cancel public exams, a survey by the Association of School and College Leaders has found.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Government
  • Grading

ASCL responds to UCAS report ‘Reimagining UK Admissions’

21 April 2021

Kevin Gilmartin, Post 16 Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication of the UCAS report ‘Reimagining UK Admissions’, outlining the UCAS position on admissions reform.

  • Post-16
  • UCAS
  • HE
  • University
  • Post-18
  • College
  • FE

ASCL comment on EPI education recovery funding analysis

20 April 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Policy Institute’s analysis showing that a multi-year funding package of £10bn-£15bn is needed for education recovery.

  • Funding
  • Government
  • EPI
  • Education recovery

Festival will celebrate vital role of the arts in schools and colleges

20 April 2021

Nine education organisations are planning a festival on Friday 28 May 2021 to celebrate the vital role of the arts in our schools and colleges, and the fantastic work done by children and young people.

  • Festival of School and College Arts

ASCL comment on National Offer Day

16 April 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on National Offer Day.

  • Funding
  • Accountability
  • Transitions
  • Parents
  • Government

ASCL comment on continued use of face coverings in secondary schools

06 April 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the announcement that secondary school pupils will need to continue wearing face coverings in lessons.

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary
  • Face coverings

ASCL comment on race and ethnic disparities report

31 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the recommendations for education in the report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Equalities
  • Diversity
  • Community

ASCL comment on review into sexual abuse in schools  

31 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the launch of a review into sexual abuse in schools.

  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Parents
  • PSHE
  • RSE

ASCL comment on summer schools

30 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on government guidance on summer schools.

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery

ASCL statement on Everyone’s Invited

30 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the experiences of sexual violence and abuse reported on the Everyone’s Invited website.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding

ASCL comment on lighter-touch Ofsted inspections in summer term

29 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on lighter-touch Ofsted inspections in the summer term. 

  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • School Improvement

ASCL responds to JCQ guidance on A levels and GCSEs

26 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on guidance from the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) on the grading of A levels and GCSEs in lieu of exams this summer.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Marking
  • Government

ASCL responds to UCAS research on degree choices

25 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on UCAS research about student degree choices and access to information and advice in school.

  • Post-16
  • Careers
  • Government
  • UCAS
  • University
  • Post-18
  • Apprenticeships

ASCL responds to LGA report on Covid and education recovery

25 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Local Government Association’s report, ‘Better connected: How local education and children’s services in England have responded to the coronavirus pandemic’.

  • Funding
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on latest school attendance statistics

23 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the latest school attendance statistics.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL responds to NFER report on teacher labour market

22 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) report on the teacher labour market in England.

  • Conditions
  • Employment
  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Career Progression

ASCL responds to EPI report on SEND 'postcode lottery'

19 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Policy Institute (EPI) report 'Identifying pupils with special educational needs and disabilities'.

  • Funding
  • SEND
  • EPI

Geoff Barton to serve second term as ASCL General Secretary

19 March 2021

Geoff Barton will serve a second term as General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders after being re-elected unopposed. 

  • ASCL

ASCL responds to UCL research on accountability and teacher stress

18 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on UCL research on school accountability and teacher stress.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Accountability
  • Ofsted
  • Performance Tables

ASCL responds to NAO report on support for education in pandemic

17 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the National Audit Office (NAO) report 'Support for children's education during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic'.

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on school attendance statistics

16 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the latest school attendance statistics.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Parents
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on phased reopening of schools and lateral flow testing for older pupils in Northern Ireland

16 March 2021

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland, comments on the phased reopening of schools and plans for older pupils to receive lateral flow tests in Northern Ireland from Monday 22 March.

  • Post-16
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Northern Ireland
  • Coronavirus
  • College

Our ambition for education is higher than the government's - General Secretary's speech to ASCL Annual Conference

15 March 2021

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton's keynote to ASCL Annual Conference 2021.

  • Leadership
  • ASCL
  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • CPD
  • Mental Health
  • Diversity
  • Government

ASCL President's Keynote to Annual Conference 2021

12 March 2021

ASCL President Richard Sheriff's keynote to ASCL Annual Conference 2021. 

  • Leadership
  • Professional Development
  • CPD

Full reopening of schools gets off to a good start

08 March 2021

Early indications suggest the first day of the full reopening of schools in England has gone well with many schools reporting high take-up of Covid tests and pupils generally following policies on wearing face coverings in secondary classrooms.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Face coverings

ASCL pays tribute to work of schools and colleges on full reopening

07 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the full return of pupils to England’s schools and colleges from tomorrow.

  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus

Obtaining parental consent is biggest challenge for school Covid tests

05 March 2021

According to a survey by the Association of School and College Leaders, the most common problem headteachers have faced in providing Covid tests to pupils for the full reopening of schools is obtaining parental consent.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Cymru responds to wellbeing check-in sessions announcement for Welsh schools

03 March 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the plan for Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils to return to schools in Wales for ‘wellbeing catch-up sessions’.

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Mental Health
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on Budget 2021  

03 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on today’s Budget announcement.

  • Financial planning
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Resources
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL sets out Budget priorities for education

02 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Wednesday’s Budget and the priorities for education.

  • Funding
  • Budget
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on school attendance figures

02 March 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the latest statistics on school attendance.

  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Remote learning

ASCL comment on JCVI advice

26 February 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the interim advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) over phase 2 of the Covid vaccine programme.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Vaccination

ASCL comment on plans for awarding grades

25 February 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s plans for awarding grades this summer following the cancellation of exams.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Appeals
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Grading

ASCL comment on education recovery package

24 February 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the education recovery package announced by the government.

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to PM’s statement on full reopening of schools

22 February 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Prime Minister’s statement on the full reopening of schools.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning

ASCL comment on plan for next phase of schools reopening in Wales

19 February 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the proposed full reopening of primary schools and the return of exam-age secondary pupils in Wales on February March 15.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Cymru
  • Health and safety
  • Examinations
  • Secondary

Joint statement on wider opening of schools in England

19 February 2021

Nine education organisations have joined together to issue a statement on the wider opening of schools and colleges in England. This statement is issued ahead of the Prime Minister’s expected announcement on Monday. The signatories are the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), GMB, National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), NASUWT, National Education Union (NEU), National Governance Association (NGA), Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA), Unison, and Unite.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on phased reopening of schools in Northern Ireland

18 February 2021

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland, comments on the proposed phased reopening of schools in Northern Ireland from Monday 8 March.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Health and safety
  • Northern Ireland
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on EPI analysis of catch-up plans

18 February 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) about the catch-up plans for the four UK nations. 

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Coronavirus
  • EPI
  • Remote learning

ASCL comment on university application statistics

18 February 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the UCAS undergraduate application analysis.

  • Post-16
  • Careers
  • UCAS
  • University
  • Post-18
  • College

Education unions unite to reject Government pay freeze

17 February 2021

Organisations representing the overwhelming majority of teachers and school leaders in England have united in opposing the Government’s pay freeze.

  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • STRB
  • Government

ASCL comment on avoiding use of schools for May polls

11 February 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government letter about avoiding the use of school buildings for polls on 6 May. 

  • Business Leadership
  • Planning

ASCL comment on speculation about extended school days and summer term

09 February 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to ongoing speculation about extending the school day and summer term.

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Remote learning

ASCL responds to Children’s Commissioner’s report on gangs

06 February 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Children’s Commissioner’s report on gang involvement and youth violence.

  • Leadership
  • Pastoral
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Community

ASCL comment on Education Minister’s announcement on return of some pupils to school in Wales

05 February 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru comments on the return to primary schools of the youngest pupils in Wales on 22 February.

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Primary
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

Education organisations set out principles for fair assessment this summer

05 February 2021

A set of principles to ensure that students are assessed fairly following the cancellation of exams in England has been drawn up by six education unions and professional associations.

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Governors and Trustees
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary

ASCL responds to PAC report on free school meals voucher scheme

05 February 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to the report of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee on the national food voucher scheme.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Business Leadership
  • Resources
  • Procurement
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Free school meals

ASCL comment on school rebuilding programme

05 February 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the first wave of the school rebuilding programme.

  • Funding
  • Business Leadership
  • Finance
  • Health and safety
  • Resources

ASCL comment on students turning to technology courses at university

04 February 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on figures from UCAS about a shift towards technology-based degrees

ASCL comment on school attendance statistics

02 February 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the latest school attendance statistics.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Parents
  • Planning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on qualifications system announcement in Northern Ireland

02 February 2021

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer for ASCL Northern Ireland comments on the announcement of changes to the qualification system for summer 2021.

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • Northern Ireland
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary

ASCL responds to IFS report on cost of lost schooling

01 February 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies on the cost of lost schooling.

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Financial planning
  • Finance
  • Government

ASCL comment on EPI exam grading proposals

29 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Policy Institute’s proposals on exams and grading in 2021.

  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Coronavirus
  • Grading

ASCL sets out proposals for grading GCSEs and A-levels

29 January 2021

The Association of School and College Leaders today warns that plans for assessing GCSEs and A-levels in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic must not become exams by another name.

  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Grading

ASCL comment on plan for full reopening of schools in Northern Ireland

29 January 2021

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer for ASCL Northern Ireland, comments on the announcement that schools in Northern Ireland will not reopen before March 5.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Government
  • Northern Ireland
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning

ASCL comment on plan for youngest pupils to return to schools in Wales

29 January 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the announcement that the youngest pupils may return to primary schools in Wales following the February half-term holiday.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Wales
  • Primary
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to EEF study on impact of Covid disruption

28 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the Education Endowment Foundation study on the impact on KS1 pupils of disruption caused by the Covid pandemic.

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Key Stage 1
  • Government

ASCL comment on Generation Z mental health report

27 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report by the Education Policy Institute and The Prince’s Trust on the mental health and wellbeing of Generation Z.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Social Media
  • Mental Health
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to PAC report on college finances

27 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the report of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee on the financial sustainability of colleges.

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • Finance
  • Government
  • College

ASCL comment on plan for full reopening of schools

27 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the announcement that the full reopening of schools is planned to begin from 8 March.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Parents
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on full reopening of schools and Ofsted research

25 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the question of the full reopening of schools, and research published by Ofsted on remote education.

  • Teaching
  • Ofsted
  • Health and safety
  • Parents
  • Planning
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning
  • Risk assessment

ASCL responds to EPI analysis on teacher Covid absences

22 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Policy Institute’s research about Covid-related teacher and pupil absences in the autumn term.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on Sutton Trust’s ‘learning in lockdown’ report

21 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Sutton Trust’s report, ‘Learning in Lockdown’.

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Digital
  • Remote learning

ASCL comment on skills white paper

21 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s Skills for Jobs White Paper.

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • Career Progression
  • Government
  • University
  • Post-18

ASCL comment on qualifications system announcement in Wales

20 January 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the announcement of changes to the qualification system for summer 2021. 

  • Assessment
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Examinations
  • Government

ASCL comment on lateral flow tests decision

20 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the decision on the use of lateral flow tests in schools and colleges.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on school attendance and laptops

19 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on government statistics on school attendance and delivery of laptops.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Resources
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Digital
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL responds to Ofqual consultation on GCSEs and A-levels

15 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Ofqual’s consultation on arrangements for assessing GCSEs, A-levels and other qualifications in summer 2021.

  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Ofqual

ASCL comment on Education Secretary’s exams letter

13 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Secretary’s letter to Ofqual setting out further detail on the arrangements for replacing exams. 

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on T-level funding

13 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on funding announced to support T-levels.

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • T Levels
  • Government

ASCL comment on extra laptops

12 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s announcement of extra laptops to support disadvantaged pupils to learn at home.

  • Funding
  • Resources
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Digital
  • Remote learning

ASCL comment on Ofsted’s remote education guide

11 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Ofsted’s press release about remote education.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning

ASCL responds to Education Secretary’s statement on exams

06 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the Education Secretary’s statement today about arrangements for GCSEs, A-levels, and other qualifications following the decision to cancel this summer’s exams.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • BTEC
  • Ofqual
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Northern Ireland responds to decision to cancel exams

06 January 2021

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Northern Ireland, comments on the decision to cancel GCSE, A-level and AS exams in Northern Ireland this year.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning

ASCL Cymru comment on spring term decision in Wales

04 January 2021

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru comments on the decision of the Welsh Government to move schools and colleges to remote learning until 18 January. 

  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Cymru
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning

ASCL responds to new national lockdown in England

04 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to the Prime Minister’s announcement about the spring term in England.

  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on start of spring term

02 January 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the situation regarding plans for the start of the spring term. 

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL calls for remote education for at least first two weeks of spring term

02 January 2021

An emergency meeting of ASCL’s executive committee held this afternoon agreed to call on the government to move all schools and colleges in England to remote education for at least the first two weeks of the spring term in the light of rising Covid infections and the impact of the new variant of the virus.

  • Teaching
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning

ASCL responds to government announcement on spring term arrangements

30 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to the Education Secretary’s announcement today on arrangements for the spring term in England. 

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Primary
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Early years
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on Covid testing guidance

23 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the government guidance published today on rapid Covid tests in schools and colleges. 

  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Resources
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on EPI school Covid costs report

22 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Education Policy Institute (EPI) report, ‘Assessing Covid-19 cost pressures on England’s schools’.

  • Funding
  • Business Leadership
  • Finance
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • EPI

Education unions warn mass Covid tests are undeliverable by start of spring term

18 December 2020

Education unions and associations have today joined together in advising secondary schools and colleges that they are not required to begin mass Covid testing from the start of the spring term.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on government plans for schools in January

17 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on government plans for secondary schools in January.

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary
  • Remote learning

ASCL Cymru comment on qualifications in Wales in 2021

16 December 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the arrangements set out today for assessing GCSEs, AS levels, and A levels in Wales in 2021.

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Coronavirus

Three education unions condemn Gavin Williamson for restricting the STRB

16 December 2020

Three education unions – ASCL, NAHT and NEU – are today making a statement on the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) and the remit given to it yesterday by Gavin Williamson.

  • Pay
  • Teaching
  • STRB
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on Ofsted autumn visits report

15 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Ofsted’s latest briefing on its autumn visits.

  • Ofsted
  • Finance
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning

ASCL comment on Greenwich announcement

15 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to today’s announcement by Greenwich council over end-of-term arrangements.

  • Teaching
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on rapid Covid testing in schools and colleges

15 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on government plans to roll-out rapid Covid lateral flow tests in schools and colleges.

  • Funding
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Northern Ireland responds to exams announcement

15 December 2020

Robert Wilson, Northern Ireland regional officer at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to plans announced in Northern Ireland today for exams in 2021.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Northern Ireland
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on controversy over the final week of the school term

14 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the situation regarding Covid infection rates and the final week of the school term.

  • Teaching
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Remote learning

ASCL Cymru comment on move to online learning in secondary schools in Wales

10 December 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the Welsh government’s decision to move to online learning in secondary schools and colleges in Wales from Monday 14 December. 

  • Cymru
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary
  • Remote learning

ASCL comment on testing of pupils in worst-hit Covid areas

10 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on plans for Covid testing of secondary school-aged children in parts of London, Essex, and Kent. 

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on TIMSS 2019

08 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the publication of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2019.

  • Funding
  • Learning
  • Curriculum
  • Recruitment and Retention

ASCL comment on Week 49 school attendance statistics

08 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Week 49 school attendance statistics. 

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to school inset day decision

08 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on news that schools will be allowed to take an inset day on Friday 18 December. 

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL response to announcement on exams in 2021

03 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the government’s announcement on GCSEs and A-levels in 2021.

  • Inspection
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Performance Tables
  • Government

ASCL responds to NFER report on school funding and Covid costs

03 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the National Foundation for Educational Research report ‘The implications of Covid-19 on the school funding landscape’.

  • Funding
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on NAO investigation into free school meals voucher scheme

02 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the National Audit Office report into the free school meals voucher scheme.

  • Funding
  • Pastoral
  • Government
  • Free school meals

ASCL comment on Week 48 school attendance statistics

01 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Week 48 school attendance statistics.

  • Learning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on Ofsted chief inspector’s annual report launch

01 December 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman’s comments, in launching her annual report, on the plight of vulnerable children.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to Independent SAGE call to make schools safe

27 November 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the call by Independent SAGE for urgent action to address escalating Covid infection rates in schools.

  • Learning
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on Covid funding for schools and colleges

27 November 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the additional funding to support the costs of staff absences in schools and colleges.

  • Funding
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on Chancellor’s spending review announcement

25 November 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Chancellor’s spending review announcement.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Government

ASCL comment on Week 47 school attendance statistics

24 November 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Week 47 school attendance statistics published today by the Department for Education.

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL responds to reports of public sector pay freeze

20 November 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to reports that public sector workers, including teachers, face a pay freeze next year.

  • Pay
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on Week 46 attendance statistics

17 November 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Week 46 attendance statistics from the Department for Education. 

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL responds to UUK fair admissions review

13 November 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the recommendations of Universities UK’s Fair Admissions Review.

  • A Levels
  • University

ASCL responds to SAGE paper on schools

13 November 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the paper published today by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies on children and Covid transmission.

  • Learning
  • Health and safety
  • Mental Health
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to government university admissions review

13 November 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the Education Secretary’s plan to review the university admissions system.

  • Post-16
  • Government
  • University
  • Post-18

ASCL responds to Education Select Committee findings on grading fiasco

11 November 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the letter setting out the Education Select Committee’s findings over what went wrong with the awarding of GCSE and A-level grades this summer.

  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Government

ASCL comment on Ofsted’s Covid impact report

10 November 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Ofsted’s second report into the impact of the Covid pandemic.

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Ofsted
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Cymru responds to decision on GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2021

10 November 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the arrangements for GCSEs, AS and A levels in Wales in 2021.

  • Assessment
  • Cymru
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to Week 45 school attendance statistics

10 November 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Week 45 attendance statistics for schools in England.

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL comments on EPI’s recommendations for 2021 exams

09 November 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Policy Institute’s recommendations for GCSEs and A-levels in England in 2021.

  • Assessment
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Planning
  • Ofqual
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to £170m Covid Winter Grant Scheme

08 November 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the announcement of a £170m Covid Winter Grant Scheme and the expansion of the Holiday Activities and Food Programme in 2021.

  • Funding
  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Government
  • Free school meals

ASCL response on lockdown guidance to schools

04 November 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the lockdown guidance for schools issued today by the Department for Education.

  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on IFS further education funding report

03 November 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the IFS analysis of funding for further education and sixth forms in its annual report on education spending in England.

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • Government

ASCL responds to decision to keep schools open in second national lockdown

31 October 2020

Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary responds to the Prime Minister’s announcement that schools will remain open in a second national lockdown in England.

ASCL responds to Sutton Trust research into reforming university applications

29 October 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to research from the Sutton Trust showing most university applicants favour a move to post qualification applications.

  • Post-16
  • A Levels
  • Coronavirus
  • University
  • Post-18

ASCL responds to EPI report on school attendance rates

29 October 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report from the Education Policy Institute ‘School attendance rates across the UK since full reopening’.

  • Health and safety
  • Examinations
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on proposals for GCSEs, AS and A levels in Wales

29 October 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, and Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comment on the recommendations from Qualification Wales over next summer’s GCSEs, AS and A levels in Wales. 

  • Assessment
  • Cymru
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on Week 43 school attendance statistics

27 October 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Week 43 school attendance statistics published by the Department for Education today.

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL responds to government refusal to move on free school meals

26 October 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the government’s continued refusal to extend free school meal provision over the half-term holiday.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL’s response to the government’s announcement on the next stage of the post-16 qualifications overhaul

23 October 2020

Kevin Gilmartin, Post-16 and Colleges Specialist from the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s announcement on the next stage of the overhaul of post-16 qualifications.

  • Post-16
  • A Levels
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • Government

ASCL response to Commons vote on free school meals

21 October 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the defeat of a Commons motion to extend free school meal provision into holiday periods until Easter 2021.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Government

ASCL comment on Week 42 school attendance figures

20 October 2020

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Week 42 school attendance figures published today by the Department for Education.

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL Cymru comment on ‘firebreak’ arrangements for schools in Wales

19 October 2020

Jim Retallick, National Officer at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the arrangements for schools during the planned two-week ‘firebreak’ lockdown in Wales.

  • Cymru
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on Labour’s call for extension of free school meals

16 October 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Labour’s call to extend the provision of free school meals to school holiday periods until spring 2021.  

  • Funding
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Cymru comment on school funding report

15 October 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the independent report into school spending in Wales.

  • Funding
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Government

ASCL comment on latest school attendance figures

13 October 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the latest Department for Education school attendance statistics.

  • Ofsted
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL responds to 2021 exams plan

12 October 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to plans for GCSEs and A-levels in 2021 outlined by the Secretary of State for Education today.

  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to UCL warning on primary school testing and inspections

09 October 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to UCL research which warns that primary school testing and inspections will do more harm than good if they go ahead as normal.

  • Primary
  • Accountability
  • Ofsted
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to EPI report on Covid education policies

09 October 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Policy Institute (EPI) report, ‘Education policy responses across the UK to the pandemic’.

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to IPPR report on support services for vulnerable pupils

09 October 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the IPPR report ‘The New Normal: The future of education after Covid-19’.

  • Funding
  • Budget
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL NI comment on changes to 2021 exams

09 October 2020

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer of the Association of School and College Leaders in Northern Ireland, comments on changes to Northern Ireland exams in 2021.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Government
  • Northern Ireland

ASCL comment on latest decrease in fully open secondary schools

06 October 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the latest Department for Education school attendance figures published today, showing the proportion of fully open secondary schools decreased from 84% on Thursday 24 September to 82% on Thursday 1 October.

  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • Government
  • Secondary

School leaders, teachers, and governors put forward proposals to make 2021 exams fair

05 October 2020

Five education organisations, representing school leaders, teachers, and governors, have submitted a set of joint proposals to make next summer’s A-levels and GCSEs as fair as possible amidst the ongoing disruption of the Covid pandemic.

  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Coronavirus

ASCL update on 2021 exam talks

05 October 2020

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on talks this afternoon between education organisations, Schools Minister Nick Gibb, Ofqual Interim Chief Regulator Dame Glenys Stacey, and Department for Education officials, regarding plans for GCSEs and A-levels in 2021.

  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on removal of outstanding exemption

01 October 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s response to the removal of the outstanding exemption consultation.

  • Inspection
  • Ofsted

ASCL comment on drop in fully open secondaries

29 September 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on school attendance statistics published by the Department for Education today, which show the number of secondary schools fully open has fallen from 92% to 84%.

  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary

ASCL comment on expansion of post-18 education and training

28 September 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on plans set out by the Prime Minister to transform the training and skills system.

  • Funding
  • Government
  • Post-18

School catch-up funding will be wiped out by Covid safety measures

25 September 2020

Funding for pupil catch-up support could be almost entirely wiped out by the cost of the Covid safety measures that schools have put in place in order to fully reopen, the Association of School and College Leaders has warned.

  • Funding
  • Coronavirus

ASCL welcomes increase in disadvantaged students going to university

24 September 2020

Kevin Gilmartin, post-16 specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to UCAS analysis showing more students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds across the UK are set to start degrees this autumn.

  • Post-16
  • UCAS
  • University

ASCL response to UCL-led study on teacher wellbeing

22 September 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the UCL-led research about teacher wellbeing during lockdown.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on school attendance figures

22 September 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the school attendance figures published today.

  • Learning
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Coronavirus

ASCL response to Ofqual reply on centre-assessed grading proposal

15 September 2020

ASCL response to Ofqual's reply to our proposal to address some remaining injustices around centre-assessed grading. 

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus

Government pay proposals for teachers and school leaders in England are "divisive and inadequate", says joint union statement

14 September 2020

Four education unions – ASCL, NAHT, NEU and Voice – have today written to education secretary Gavin Williamson regarding the Government’s response to the recommendations of the 30th report of the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB). The deadline for submissions is today.  

  • Conditions
  • Employment
  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Finance
  • Government

School reopening is being undermined by Covid test delays

10 September 2020

ASCL leader Geoff Barton today warned that the work of schools and colleges in reopening to all students is being undermined by widespread problems in accessing Covid-19 tests.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL response to Ofqual evidence to Education Select Committee

02 September 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on Ofqual’s evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee regarding the awarding of grades this summer. 

  • ASCL
  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • Ofqual
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on Ofsted autumn visits

02 September 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on Ofsted’s plans to visit schools and colleges in the autumn term.

  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted

ASCL comment on Education Secretary’s statement

01 September 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the statement by the Secretary of State for Education on qualification results and school openings for the autumn term.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Assessment
  • Finance
  • Examinations
  • Resources
  • Ofqual
  • Government

ASCL responds to Labour call to push back 2021 exams

30 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on Labour’s call to push back the date of next year’s GCSE and A level exams in England. 

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • Ofqual
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on lockdown contingency planning

28 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leader comments on government guidance published tonight on contingency planning for schools.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Resources
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL statement on grading process

27 August 2020

Our statement on this year's exam grading process.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • BTEC
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on departure of Jonathan Slater

26 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on news that Department for Education permanent secretary Jonathan Slater will step down on 1 September. 

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL letter to Sally Collier, Ofqual, 24 August 2020

26 August 2020

Letter from ASCL to Sally Collier, Chief Regulator and Chair, Ofqual on the injustice some students may have suffered as a result of the decision to revert to the higher of either centre-assessed grades (CAGs) or calculated results for most qualifications this year.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Ofqual
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on face coverings

25 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders following the decision in Scotland over face coverings in schools.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on departure of Sally Collier

25 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the announcement that Sally Collier is standing down as chief regulator of Ofqual.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Ofqual
  • Government

ASCL response to updated advice on face coverings

25 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to the new policy on face coverings in secondary schools and colleges in England.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on GCSE results day

20 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the GCSE results awarded to students today. 

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • Ofqual
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary

ASCL comment on GCSE results in Wales

20 August 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru comments on GCSE results issued in Wales today.

  • Assessment
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL NI comment on GCSE results

20 August 2020

Robert Wilson, Northern Ireland regional officer of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on GCSE results awarded in Northern Ireland today. 

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • Government
  • Northern Ireland
  • Coronavirus

Letter to Minister of Education requesting an urgent independent review in award grading process in Northern Ireland

20 August 2020

Letter from ASCL to Peter Weir MLA, Minister of Education, formally requesting the Department of Education commissions an independent review as a matter of urgency into the process for awarding grades in GCSE, AS levels, and A levels in Northern Ireland in summer, 2020. 

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Northern Ireland
  • Coronavirus

Letter to Secretary of State requesting an urgent independent review in award grading process

19 August 2020

Letter from ASCL to Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, formally requesting the Department for Education commissions an independent review as a matter of urgency into the process for awarding grades in GCSE, AS levels, A levels and Vocational and Technical qualifications in summer, 2020. 

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • Appeals
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment ahead of GCSE results day

19 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on GCSE results day tomorrow. 

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Appeals
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • Ofqual

ASCL calls for review into grading fiasco

18 August 2020

The Association of School and College Leaders will be formally writing to the Secretary of State for Education to request an immediate independent review into the grading fiasco.

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • Appeals
  • Key Stage 4
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Government

ASCL comment on decision to amend the process of awarding grades in Northern Ireland

17 August 2020

Robert Wilson, Northern Ireland Regional Officer, of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Northern Ireland Department of Education’s decision over changes to the awarding of grades for GCSEs, AS and A levels. 

  • Assessment
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Government
  • Northern Ireland

ASCL Cymru comment on decision to revert to teacher-assessed grades 

17 August 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru comments on the Welsh government’s decision to revert to teacher-assessed grades in A-levels and GCSEs, instead of grades which have been moderated down. 

  • Assessment
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on decision to revert to teacher-assessed grades

17 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on Ofqual’s decision to revert to teacher-assessed grades in A-levels and GCSEs, instead of grades which have been moderated down.

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on Ofqual appeals criteria

15 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to Ofqual’s criteria on using mock results in GCSE and A-level appeals.

  • Examinations
  • Appeals
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Government

ASCL comment on A level results

13 August 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on today’s A level results in England.

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Data
  • Examinations
  • Appeals
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Cymru comment on AS and A-level results in Wales

13 August 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru comments on today’s AS and A-level results in Wales.

  • Assessment
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Examinations
  • Appeals
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on EPI school funding analysis

07 August 2020

Julia Harnden, funding specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the analysis from the Education Policy Institute on the school funding allocations for 2021-22. 

  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Planning
  • Resources
  • Government

ASCL comment on teacher pay award

21 July 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the proposed teacher pay award for 2020/21.

  • Conditions
  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Pensions
  • Government

ASCL comment on school funding settlement

20 July 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the announcement of the school funding settlement for 2021

  • Funding
  • Coronavirus

More radical plan is needed for next year's exams

16 July 2020

ASCL says proposed changes to next summer’s GCSEs and A levels fail to fully recognise the disruption to students of the coronavirus pandemic and amount to no more than tinkering at the edges.

  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus

Joint statement on Isle of Man pay dispute negotiations

15 July 2020

Joint statement by the Joint Trade Unions (ASCL, NAHT, NASUWT, NEU) following the meeting on 14 July 2020 with representatives of the Isle of Man Government to resume pay dispute negotiations paused on 17 March due to the Covid crisis. 

  • Conditions
  • Employment
  • Pay
  • Government
  • Isle of Man

ASCL comment on relaxation of social distancing rule

23 June 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the relaxation of the 2m distancing rule.

  • Regulations
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to one billion pound catch-up plan

19 June 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the government’s announcement of a one billion pound Covid catch-up plan for children.

  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to Education Secretary’s comments on full return of schools

19 June 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson’s comments about schools reopening to all pupils in September. 

  • Leadership
  • Learning
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on go ahead for wider opening of schools

28 May 2020

ASCL comment on today’s government confirmation of the wider opening of schools from Monday.

ASCL responds to PM’s announcement on wider opening of schools and colleges

24 May 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on today’s announcement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the wider opening of schools and colleges.

ASCL comment on scientific evidence

22 May 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the publication of scientific evidence underpinning the government’s approach to the wider opening of schools and colleges.

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on the reopening of schools

10 May 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Prime Minister’s speech and the phased reopening of schools.  

  • Leadership
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Cymru response to Welsh education minister’s statement on schools reopening

07 May 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru comments on Welsh Education Minister Kirsty Williams’ statement that the situation for schools in Wales will not change on 1 June. 

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Cymru response to First Minister on school reopening

03 May 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru responds to the comments of Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show today about the potential reopening of schools in Wales at the beginning of June.

  • Leadership
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Government

ASCL comment on package to support online learning

19 April 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson’s announcement about a new package to support online learning during the coronavirus emergency

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Curriculum
  • Parents
  • Lesson planning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

ASCL response to Sutton Trust poll on teaching children at home

10 April 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Sutton Trust poll showing that only two-fifths of parents feel confident about teaching their children at home.

  • Parents
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on grading of vocational qualifications

09 April 2020

Duncan Baldwin, Deputy Director of Policy, at the Association of School and College Leaders comments on guidance from Ofqual about the grading of vocational qualifications following the closure of schools and colleges. 

  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on extra support for schools

07 April 2020

Julia Harnden, Funding Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the extra support for schools announced by the government.  

  • Funding
  • Business Leadership
  • Financial planning
  • Finance
  • Income
  • Resources
  • Coronavirus

ASCL Cymru comments on Qualifications Wales announcement

03 April 2020

Eithne Hughes of the Association of School and College Leaders, Wales comments on the plan published today by Qualifications Wales for grading A-levels and GCSEs this summer.

  • Assessment
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • Coronavirus

Education unions call for ‘mutual respect, understanding and support’ joint covid-19 advice

26 March 2020

Today three education unions, NEU, ASCL and NAHT have issued joint advice to their members relating to Coronavirus

  • Safeguarding
  • Mental Health
  • Coronavirus

ASCL response to key worker list

20 March 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on government guidance about sectors prioritised for educational provision during the coronavirus crisis.

  • Leadership
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Parents
  • Planning
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on plans over cancelled exams

20 March 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to the government announcement about how grades will be awarded following the decision to cancel all exams. 

  • Assessment
  • Key Stage 2
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus

ASCL response to suspension of inspections

17 March 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to today’s announcement that routine Ofsted inspections will be suspended in response to coronavirus.

  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Government

School leaders say Ofsted requires improvement

14 March 2020

Three-quarters of school and college leaders believe Ofsted’s new approach to inspections is an improvement on previous frameworks, according to an ASCL survey.

  • Accountability
  • Ofsted

School leaders call for GCSE reforms

13 March 2020

Eighty six per cent of school and college leaders have called for GCSEs to be reformed or scrapped in a survey carried out by ASCL.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE

ASCL response to the Budget statement

11 March 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to today’s Budget statement.

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • Budget
  • Government

ASCL comment on EPI report on technical education

05 March 2020

Kevin Gilmartin, post-16 and colleges specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) comments on the Education Policy Institute (EPI) report, ‘An international comparison of technical education funding systems’.

  • Funding
  • Curriculum
  • Post-16

ASCL responds to EPI report on teacher shortages

02 March 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Education Policy Institute report ‘Teacher shortages in England’.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention

ASCL comment on national offer day

02 March 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on national offer day for secondary school places on Monday 2 March.

  • Parents

ASCL comment on Sutton Trust's school admissions report

27 February 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Sutton Trust’s report about making school admissions fairer.

  • Post-16
  • Primary
  • Parents

Government plan treats nearly 2,900 'outstanding' schools and colleges unfairly

24 February 2020

ASCL has warned that some 2,900 schools and colleges would be treated unfairly under government plans to remove the ‘outstanding exemption’.

  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted

ASCL comment on HMCI school funding blog

19 February 2020

Stephen Rollett, Curriculum and Inspection Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to comments made by Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman.

  • Funding
  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted

Education unions criticise government's "short-change" pay proposals - joint press release

17 February 2020

Four education unions - The National Education Union (NEU), National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), Voice, and the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) - are warning that government pay proposals would short-change most classroom teachers and all senior leaders. 

ASCL warns school funding boost will be eaten up by government promises and rising costs

07 February 2020

ASCL today warns that almost all of the extra £7.1 billion pledged for schools over the next three years will be eaten up by government spending commitments and increased costs.

  • Funding
  • Financial planning
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Government

ASCL comment on school performance tables

06 February 2020

Duncan Baldwin, Deputy Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the publication of revised Key Stage 4 performance tables. 

  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Key Stage 4
  • Performance Tables
  • Progress 8

ASCL response to report on children's mental health

30 January 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the report of the Children’s Commissioner ‘The state of children’s mental health services’.

  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Mental Health
  • SEND

ASCL starts industrial action on Isle of Man

30 January 2020

Members of the Association of School and College Leaders on the Isle of Man will withdraw their cooperation from a range of duties from today after recently voting for industrial action.

  • Conditions
  • Pay
  • Isle of Man

ASCL comment on teacher autonomy report

29 January 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the report by the National Foundation for Educational Research about teacher autonomy.

  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Career Progression
  • Professional Development
  • CPD

ASCL Cymru comment on revised curriculum

28 January 2020

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru comments on the publication of the revised Curriculum for Wales guidance. 

  • Leadership
  • Learning
  • Curriculum
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Curriculum

ASCL comment on SRMA pilot programme

27 January 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the report from the Education and Skills Funding Agency on the school resource management adviser (SRMA) pilot programme.

  • Funding
  • Business Leadership
  • Financial planning
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Resources

ASCL calls for fair pay deal for all teachers

20 January 2020

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has today called for an uplift to all teacher pay scales over the next three years in line with the government’s proposal to increase starting salaries to £30,000 by 2022/23.

  • Employment
  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Financial planning

ASCL comment on EPI report on CAMHS

10 January 2020

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the report by the Education Policy Institute Access to child and adolescent mental health services in 2019.

  • Funding
  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Resources
  • Mental Health
  • SEND

ASCL comment on plan to remove outstanding exemption

10 January 2020

Duncan Baldwin, Deputy Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the government announcement that it is launching a consultation on the removal of the outstanding exemption.

  • Post-16
  • Primary
  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4

ASCL comment on Queen's Speech

19 December 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the education briefing accompanying the Queen’s Speech.

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • Financial planning
  • Government

ASCL comment on rise in unconditional offers

17 December 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on UCAS statistics which show that ‘conditional unconditional’ offers continue to rise.

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • A Levels

ASCL comment on reappointment of Education Secretary

17 December 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the reappointment of Gavin Williamson as Education Secretary.

  • Leadership
  • Government

ASCL NI writes to NI party leaders over 'bleak financial situation' in schools

16 December 2019

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has written to all Northern Ireland’s main political party leaders reminding them of the “bleak financial situation” in schools in Northern Ireland, and as the talks at Stormont resume with a view to re-establishing the Executive.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Resources
  • Mental Health
  • Government
  • Northern Ireland

ASCL comment on NFER report on T levels

10 December 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to the new report on T levels from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • BTEC
  • T Levels

ASCL comment on EPI analysis of education manifestos

06 December 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the analysis by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) of the political parties’ education plans. 

  • Leadership
  • Government

ASCL comment on Sutton Trust report on GCSE reforms

05 December 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on research by the Sutton Trust on the impact of GCSE reforms.  

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE

ASCL comment on Labour education plans

05 December 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on Labour’s plans for education being announced today.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Financial planning
  • Finance
  • School Improvement
  • Resources

Do the Party Pledges Cut It?

04 December 2019

Joint press release by the School Cuts coalition: School Cuts website updated to reflect what manifestos mean for every school in England

  • Funding
  • Financial planning
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Government

ASCL comment on PISA results

03 December 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the UK results in the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Mental Health

ASCL comment on PISA results in Wales

03 December 2019

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the results in Wales in the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

  • Assessment
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Examinations
  • International
  • Performance Tables

ASCL comment on Conservative Party plans for Ofsted

29 November 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Conservative Party’s plans to give Ofsted greater powers and more funding.

ASCL NI President praises resilience of school leaders

29 November 2019

At the ASCL Northern Ireland Annual Conference on 29 November 2019, ASCL Northern Ireland President Amanda McNamee paid tribute to the resilience of school leaders in challenging and demanding times.  

  • Membership
  • CPD
  • Northern Ireland

ASCL supports WorthLess? campaign letter

22 November 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the letter from headteachers supporting the Worth Less? campaign to all prospective parliamentary candidates.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Financial planning
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Parents

School Cuts welcomes Labour's 'once in a generation' funding pledge

21 November 2019

A coalition of education unions has today welcomed Labour’s manifesto commitment to reverse all cuts to school budgets and to make a once-in-a-generation investment in education.    The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the National Education Union (NEU) are all non-politically affiliated unions and believe we are speaking for the profession in welcoming these proposals.

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • Primary
  • Financial planning
  • Budget
  • Government

Education unions call for urgent pay increase to tackle recruitment and retention crisis in the teaching profession

18 November 2019

Education unions NEU, NAHT, ASCL and Voice, together representing the overwhelming majority of teachers and school leaders in England, have submitted a joint statement to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), demanding a significant, above-inflation pay increase for all teachers and leaders, in order to reverse the real-terms cuts to salaries since 2010.

  • Jobs
  • Employment
  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • STRB
  • Financial planning

ASCL comment on EPI further education report

07 November 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Policy Institute’s report ‘Further Education Pathways’.

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • T Levels

ASCL comment on UTC report

30 October 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the National Audit Office report on University Technical Colleges (UTCs).

  • Funding
  • Post-16

More than 16,500 schools losing out under new cash allocations for April 2020

14 October 2019

Today, the School Cuts coalition launches a fully updated interactive map of England’s schools. It shows that 83% of schools will be worse off next year than they were in 2015.

School Funding: 4 in 5 schools worse off under Government spending plans, finds new analysis

30 September 2019

New figures, released today by the School Cuts coalition, reveal that four in five of England’s schools will be worse off next year than they were in 2015.

Struggling students are ‘completely demoralised’ by tough new GCSEs

21 August 2019

Eight in ten school leaders say that tough new GCSEs are having a detrimental impact on struggling students, according to a survey by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

Coalition unveils long-term funding plan to reverse education cuts

15 July 2019

Media release from the National Education Union, the Association of School and College Leaders, the National Association of Head Teachers, and the f40 education fair funding campaign group