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ASCL responds to Ofsted report on religious education

17 April 2024

Pepe Di’Iasio, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Ofsted’s report which says that schools need to add depth to their RE curriculum.

  • Curriculum
  • Ofsted
  • Religious education

ASCL responds to EPI report on school groups

16 April 2024

Pepe Di’Iasio, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the Education Policy Institute’s benchmarking tool comparing different types of school groups, and an accompanying report on the findings.

  • Performance Tables
  • EPI

ASCL comment on primary school offer day

16 April 2024

Pepe Di’Iasio, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on today’s primary school offer day.

  • Primary

EPI report on falling pupil numbers is a timely warning

11 April 2024

Pepe Di’Iasio, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from the Education Policy Institute on the impact on school finances of falling pupil numbers.

  • Budget
  • EPI

ASCL responds to Speakers for Schools’ report on university access

10 April 2024

Kevin Gilmartin, Post-16 Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from Speakers for Schools, which says unequal access to work experience and enrichment activities is preventing some young people from disadvantaged backgrounds from attending top universities.

  • Post-16
  • University

ASCL Cymru comment on IWPRB review of teacher and leader pay and conditions

09 April 2024

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, responds to comments made by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, following the publication of the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body's (IWPRB) strategic review of the structure of teachers' and leaders' pay and conditions in Wales.

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Budget

ASCL comment on IFS report on impact of Sure Start

09 April 2024

Margaret Mulholland, SEND and Inclusion Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), which states that the Sure Start programme boosted the educational performance of pupils from low-income backgrounds and increased support for children with special educational needs.

  • Funding
  • SEND

ASCL comment on appointment of Dame Christine Gilbert to lead review into Ofsted’s response to the death of Ruth Perry

08 April 2024

Tom Middlehurst, Inspection Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the announcement that Dame Christine Gilbert will lead an independent learning review into Ofsted’s response to the death of Ruth Perry.

  • Ofsted

ASCL comment on SEND and capital funding announcement

26 March 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the Department for Education announcement about funding for new SEND and AP places and refurbishing school buildings. 

  • Funding
  • SEND

ASCL response to Khan review into social cohesion

25 March 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Khan review into social cohesion and resilience in England.

  • Leadership
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Safeguarding
  • Social Media

Teacher Degree Apprenticeship will not be enough to solve recruitment crisis

22 March 2024

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has today submitted a response to the government’s consultation on the Teacher Degree Apprenticeship. 

  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Apprenticeships

ASCL Cymru comment on IFS report calling for rethink in Welsh education policy

21 March 2024

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, responds to a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), that identifies major inequalities within the Welsh education system.

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Policy

ASCL comment on rise in severe absence in schools

21 March 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to new data from the Department for Education, which shows that more than 150,000 pupils were severely absent from school in the 2022/23 summer term.

  • Attendance

ASCL comment on school capacity data

21 March 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to new figures showing around two in three special schools are at or above capacity.

  • SEND

ASCL Cymru comment on appointment of new Cabinet Secretary for Education

21 March 2024

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the appointment of Lynne Neagle as Cabinet Secretary for Education.

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Government

ASCL comment on NFER report that recruitment and retention crisis shows no signs of abating

20 March 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to analysis from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), which shows that recruitment and retention issues are persisting in education.

  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention

Education unions ASCL, Community, NAHT, NASUWT and NEU call for a fully funded pay increase 

20 March 2024

Unions representing the overwhelming majority of teachers and school leaders have issued a united call for a fully funded, inflation-plus pay increase as part of a restorative correction for teachers and school leaders to tackle the recruitment and retention crisis.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • STRB
  • Workload

Post-16 sector needs resources more than reform, says ASCL in response to Advanced British Standard

20 March 2024

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has today submitted a response to the government’s consultation on the Advanced British Standard. 

  • Funding
  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Maths
  • Advanced British Standard

EPI report on ‘suspensions grades gap’ reflects crisis in special educational needs system

14 March 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Policy Institute report identifying a “suspension grades gap", with young people who experience even a single suspension, or temporary removal from secondary school, less likely to pass crucial GCSEs in English and maths.

  • GCSE
  • Suspension
  • SEND
  • EPI

ASCL comment on postgraduate initial teacher training targets

14 March 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the publication of the Department for Education’s postgraduate initial teacher training targets for 2024 to 2025.

  • Teaching
  • Post-18
  • Training

Children’s Commissioner report highlights lack of progress over children’s mental health

14 March 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the report by the Children’s Commissioner showing the number of children and young people on waiting lists for mental health support after being referred to Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health

ASCL comment on Ofsted’s response to Education Select Committee

11 March 2024

Tom Middlehurst, Inspection Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments following Ofsted’s response to the Education Select Committee’s report on the inspectorate’s work with schools.

  • Ofsted
  • DfE

ASCL NI comment on teacher pay offer

11 March 2024

John Trueman, Director of ASCL Northern Ireland, responds to the teacher pay offer outlined by Education Minister Paul Givan today.

  • Pay
  • Northern Ireland

General Secretary's speech to ASCL Annual Conference 2024

09 March 2024

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton's keynote address to ASCL Annual Conference on Saturday 9 March 2024. 

  • ASCL
  • Funding
  • Government

Many classrooms in poor condition after more than a decade of government underinvestment

09 March 2024

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton will today (Saturday 9 March) call for “learning environments to be fit for learning” as a survey shows the condition of classrooms after more than a decade of government underinvestment.

  • School estates

ASCL calls for ‘change of tone’ as survey reveals parental disputes with schools are a factor in pupil absence

08 March 2024

The President of the Association of School and College Leaders will today (Friday 8 March) call for a change of tone in the national conversation about education as a survey reveals that nearly a third of teachers have experienced pupils being absent this academic year because parents are in dispute with their school.

  • Parents
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on Ofsted’s ‘big listen’

08 March 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Ofsted Chief Inspector Sir Martyn Oliver’s launch of the ‘big listen’ and the focus on championing high standards for all children, especially the most disadvantaged and vulnerable.

ASCL President's speech to ASCL Annual Conference 2024

08 March 2024

ASCL President John Camp OBE's keynote address to ASCL Annual Conference 2024 on 8 March 2024. 

  • Funding
  • Government

ASCL response to the Chancellor’s Spring Budget

06 March 2024

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Chancellor’s Spring Budget statement.  

  • Funding
  • Budget
  • Government

ASCL comment on EPI analysis showing maths results for disadvantaged pupils are lower than before the pandemic

04 March 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to analysis from the Education Policy Institute (EPI) that shows maths results for pupils from low-income backgrounds are still lower than they were before the pandemic.

  • Assessment
  • Maths

ASCL comment on submission of evidence to the STRB

01 March 2024

Louise Hatswell, Pay Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments following ASCL’s submission of evidence to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB). 

  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • STRB

ASCL comment on IFS analysis of school funding

01 March 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to analysis from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), which shows that the costs faced by schools are growing at a faster rate than school funding.

  • Funding
  • Finance

ASCL comment on increase in school absence fines to £80

29 February 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government announcement that school absence fines will go up from £60 to £80.

  • Attendance

ASCL comment on government evidence to the STRB

29 February 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Education Secretary Gillian Keegan’s evidence to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) about the 2024/25 pay award.

  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • STRB

ASCL Cymru comment on Education Minister’s statement on attendance

28 February 2024

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, responds to the statement by Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and Welsh Language, following Estyn’s report on attendance in secondary schools.

  • Cymru
  • ESTYN
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on Labour’s plan to tackle online misogyny and sexual harassment

26 February 2024

Margaret Mulholland, Inclusion Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Labour’s announcement on its plans for new digital literacy and safeguarding measures in order to tackle online misogyny and sexual harassment.

  • Sexual harassment

70% of schools in England have faced real-terms cuts since 2010

24 February 2024

New data released today (Saturday) on the updated School Cuts website shows that government funding decisions have resulted in 70% of maintained schools in England facing real-terms cuts since 2010/11. This includes 66% of maintained primary schools and 88% of maintained secondary schools. 

  • Funding
  • Primary
  • Finance
  • Secondary
  • School Cuts

ASCL comment on Sutton Trust briefing on closing the attainment gap

22 February 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a policy briefing from the Sutton Trust, which calls for the National Tutoring Programme to be renewed in order to help close the attainment gap.

  • National Tutoring Programme
  • Attainment Gap

Missed deadline for pay proposals shows 'disregard' for schools say unions

21 February 2024

The general secretaries of school leaders’ union NAHT, the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), Community and the National Education Union (NEU) have today issued a joint statement after their unions wrote to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) to express their very serious frustration and disquiet after the Department for Education confirmed it would miss today’s deadline for submitting its evidence on this year’s pay award.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • STRB
  • Government

Pay levels of school business leaders may lead to mass exodus

20 February 2024

The pay levels of school business leaders may lead to a mass exodus from the profession with half considering leaving their role in the next three years, a survey from the Association of School and College Leaders warns.

  • Conditions
  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Business Leadership
  • STRB

School mobile phone crackdown is a non-policy for a non-problem

19 February 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a government “crackdown” on mobile phones in schools with the publication of new guidance on Monday (19 February).

  • Leadership
  • Mobile phones

ASCL comment on EPI report on access to extra-curricular activities

15 February 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from the Education Policy Institute (EPI), which found that vulnerable students are less likely to be benefiting from participation in sports and other hobbies at secondary school.

  • EPI

ASCL comment on RAAC removal plan

08 February 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to information published by the Department for Education about how RAAC is going to be removed from school buildings.

  • DfE
  • RAAC

Schools with RAAC urgently need more support, says ASCL letter to Secretary of State for Education

06 February 2024

The Association of School and College Leaders has written to the Secretary of State for Education calling for urgent action to provide better support for schools impacted by RAAC (Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete).

  • RAAC
  • School estates

Teacher degree apprenticeships will not solve the recruitment crisis

04 February 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the government’s announcement that a new teaching apprenticeship will launch this autumn.

  • Recruitment and Retention

ASCL comment on ChatGPT trial in schools

01 February 2024

Rob Robson, ASCL’s lead on artificial intelligence, respondsto the news that the Education Endowment Foundation will be trialing the use of ChatGPT for lesson planning to explore if it can reduce overall working hours for staff.

  • Workload
  • AI

ASCL comment on Ofsted report on urgent need to reform alternative provision 

01 February 2024

Margaret Mulholland, SEND and Inclusion Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from Ofsted outlining the need for urgent reform of alternative provision.

  • Inclusion
  • Ofsted
  • Alternative provision

ASCL comment on NFER report into barriers faced by teachers of colour

31 January 2024

Margaret Mulholland, Inclusion Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from the National Foundation For Educational Research (NFER), which explores the barriers and solutions to achieving a more ethnically diverse teaching workforce.

  • Inclusion
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Diversity
  • Representation

ASCL NI comment on deal to restore devolution at Stormont

30 January 2024

John Trueman, Director of ASCL Northern Ireland, responds to the news that the DUP has endorsed a deal to restore devolution.

  • Northern Ireland

Scrapping of hair and beauty T-level underlines need to suspend defunding of other qualifications

30 January 2024

Kevin Gilmartin, Post 16 Specialist at the Association of Schools and College Leaders, responds to the announcement that the government is dropping plans to introduce a combined T-level in hair and beauty.

  • Post-16
  • BTEC
  • T Levels

ASCL comment on Education Select Committee’s call for major changes to school inspections

29 January 2024

Tom Middlehurst, Inspection Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from the Education Select Committee, which states that major changes must be made to inspections in order for Ofsted to rebuild trust

  • Inspection
  • Education system

Children and young people will not benefit from minimum service levels

26 January 2024

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has today published a response to the planned introduction of minimum service levels (MSLs) in the education sector.

  • Minimum service levels

Funding statistics mask impact of inflation on schools

25 January 2024

Julia Harnden, Funding Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to school funding statistics published by the Department for Education today.

  • Funding
  • Budget
  • Finance

ASCL comment on Sutton Trust report on deterioration of early years education

24 January 2024

Tiffnie Harris, Primary Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from the Sutton Trust, which warns of a major deterioration in the education of disadvantaged young children.

  • Primary
  • Early years
  • Disadvantage Gap

Chancellor must use Spring Budget to commit to eradicating RAAC from school and college estate

24 January 2024

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has today published a submission to HM Treasury ahead of the Spring Budget.

  • Budget
  • Finance

Test of Ofsted actions is what happens on the ground

19 January 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Ofsted’s response to the Prevention of Future Deaths report issued by the coroner in the inquest into the death of headteacher Ruth Perry.

  • Inspection
  • Ofsted

Education unions respond to workload taskforce recommendations

15 January 2024

Education unions today respond to the publication of initial recommendations by the Workload Reduction Taskforce to reduce workload for school leaders and teachers – including an end to performance-related pay.

  • Conditions
  • Workload

Sutton Trust’s call for fairer admissions is only one part of the picture

11 January 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to research from the Sutton Trust that found pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) are less likely to attend a top performing comprehensive school even if there is one in their area.

  • Attendance
  • Free school meals

Labour’s child health action plan must be properly resourced

10 January 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Keir Starmer’s announcement of Labour’s Child Health Action Plan.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government

ASCL welcomes Labour’s focus on improving pupil attendance

08 January 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Labour’s plan to tackle persistent absence in schools.

  • Mental Health
  • Attendance
  • Free school meals

School and further education inspections to begin from 22 January

05 January 2024

Inspections of schools and further education providers in England will begin from 22 January, following mental health awareness training for all lead inspectors. 

  • Inspection
  • Ofsted

ASCL comment on pause to Ofsted inspections

02 January 2024

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the announcement that Ofsted inspections will be delayed in order to accommodate mental health awareness training for inspectors.

  • Inspection
  • Ofsted

STRB must not feel constrained by remit letter

21 December 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the remit letter for 2024 from Education Secretary Gillian Keegan to Dr Mike Aldred, chair of the School Teachers’ Review Body.

  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • STRB

ASCL fully supports new GCSE in British Sign Language

21 December 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the publication of subject content for the new GCSE in British Sign Language.

  • Curriculum
  • GCSE
  • British Sign Language

Ofsted inspections are untenable following coroner’s report

20 December 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, and Paul Whiteman, General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, issued the following joint statement, responding to the coroner’s report, Ruth Perry: Prevention of future deaths.

  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Health and safety
  • DfE

ASCL will now review whether guidance on gender questioning children is clear and deliverable

19 December 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication of a government consultation on draft guidance for schools and colleges on gender questioning children.

  • Guidance
  • Transgender pupils

ASCL Cymru comment on Welsh government budget

19 December 2023

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the draft budget published by the Welsh government today.

  • Funding
  • Cymru
  • Budget
  • Government

Ministers must act on EPI findings of widening disadvantage gap

18 December 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to research published by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) showing that the attainment gap between poorer pupils and their peers has widened across all educational phases since 2019.

  • Government
  • EPI
  • Disadvantage Gap

Advanced British Standard is ‘headless chicken policymaking’

14 December 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the launch of a consultation on plans for a new post-16 qualification, the Advanced British Standard.

  • Post-16
  • Qualifications

NI Executive must implement funding recommendations of Independent Review of Education

13 December 2023

John Trueman, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Northern Ireland, comments on the publication of the Independent Review of Education.

  • Funding
  • Northern Ireland

ASCL supports call by Lords committee to scrap EBacc

12 December 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report by the Lords Education for 11-16 Year Olds Committee warning the current education system is too focused on academic learning and written exams.

  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • Qualifications
  • Education system

ASCL and NAHT call for immediate pause to Ofsted inspections

11 December 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, and Paul Whiteman, General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, today issued the following joint statement following last week’s inquest into the death of headteacher Ruth Perry and the coroner’s conclusions.

  • Inspection
  • Ofsted

IFS report shows reality behind government’s school funding boasts

11 December 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the annual report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) on education spending in England.

  • Funding
  • Government

ASCL responds to research showing parents favour inspection reform

11 December 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Public First research, commissioned by the Laidlaw Foundation, finding that parents and teachers want a more transparent, well rounded and less high stakes accountability system in schools.  

  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Parents

ASCL NI comment on letter urging Secretary of State to end cycle of underfunding

07 December 2023

John Trueman, Director of ASCL Northern Ireland, responds to a letter from the chief executives of the seven main education bodies in Northern Ireland, urging Chris Heaton-Harris to “end the cycle of chronic underfunding”.

  • Funding
  • Northern Ireland

ASCL responds to ‘catastrophic’ trainee teacher recruitment figures

07 December 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government missing targets for trainee teacher recruitment in England for 2023/24.

  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention

Coroner’s verdict on death of Ruth Perry must be a catalyst for change

07 December 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the coroner’s verdict following the inquest into the death of headteacher Ruth Perry.

  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted

ASCL welcomes OCR’s launch of first digital GCSE

06 December 2023

Tom Middlehurst, Association of School and College Leaders assessment specialist, responds to exam board OCR’s plan for Computer Science GCSE to be fully assessed on screen.

  • Assessment
  • GCSE
  • Digital

ASCL comment on increase in RAAC-affected schools and colleges

06 December 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the increase in the number of education settings with confirmed Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC).

  • Funding
  • RAAC

PISA results “should not be used for cheap political point-scoring”

05 December 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication of the 2022 results of the OECD’s Programme for International Assessment (PISA).

  • Assessment
  • PISA

ASCL responds to reports of mandatory minimum service levels

28 November 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report in The Sun that Education Secretary Gillian Keegan will today announce plans for minimum service levels in the event of strike action in schools.

  • Government
  • Industrial action
  • Minimum service levels

ASCL NI president warns of ‘a sense of injustice’ in education

24 November 2023

The president of ASCL Northern Ireland, Victor Coert, is warning that a lack of investment in education and failure to resolve staff pay disputes, funding and unacceptable workloads has ‘contributed to a hesitancy amongst university graduates to join the profession and a sense of injustice within the teaching workforce’. 

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Workload
  • Northern Ireland

ASCL comment on HEPI report calling for a clear skills strategy

23 November 2023

Anne Murdoch, college leadership adviser at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a paper from the Higher Education Policy Institute, ‘Connecting the Dots: The Need for an Effective Skills System in England’.

  • Post-16
  • Careers
  • Qualifications

ASCL comment on Ofsted annual report

23 November 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Ofsted’s annual report.

  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted

Gender pay gap for secondary heads widest for a decade, warn education organisations, on Equal Pay Day

22 November 2023

Today (Weds 22 Nov), education organisations NAHT, ASCL, NGA and WomenEd release their annual analysis of the gender pay gap in education.

  • Pay
  • Equalities

ASCL response to Autumn Statement 2023

22 November 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement announcement. 

  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Education system

ASCL Cymru response to consultation on school calendar

20 November 2023

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, responds to the launch of a consultation on changing the school calendar in Wales.

  • Cymru
  • School Improvement

ASCL comment on PAC report on deteriorating school estate

19 November 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, Responds to the Public Accounts Committee report on the RAAC crisis and deteriorating school estate.

  • RAAC
  • School estates

ASCL comment on additional GCSE support materials

16 November 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the consultation on additional support materials for GCSE exams in 2024.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE

School Cuts website relaunched as funding crisis in education deepens

15 November 2023

Today sees the launch of the updated School Cuts website showing the impact of Government funding decisions on every mainstream school in England. The School Cuts website is run by education unions NEU, ASCL and NAHT, and supported by Parentkind. 

  • Funding
  • Finance

ASCL comment on Teacher Wellbeing Index 2023

15 November 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication of the Teacher Wellbeing Index by Education Support.

  • Teaching
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Workload
  • Staff absence

ASCL comment on report from parliamentary inquiry on young carers

14 November 2023

Margaret Mulholland, SEND and Inclusion Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the first report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers.

  • Carers

ASCL comment on 89% of schools being ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’

14 November 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the Department for Education press release on Ofsted data showing 89% of schools are rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.

  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted

ASCL responds to NFER report on teacher training bursaries

09 November 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on a report from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) on the impact of teacher training bursaries.

  • Pay
  • Teaching
  • STRB
  • Training
  • NFER

ASCL comment on Sutton Trust report on lack of mental health support

09 November 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to research from the Sutton Trust into the difficulties young people are having in accessing mental health support.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health

Schools on brink unless Chancellor delivers £1.7 billion in Autumn Statement for 2024/25, says joint letter to Chancellor from four education unions

09 November 2023

Four education unions – ASCL, NAHT, NASUWT and NEU - have written to the Chancellor making the case for a significant increase in school funding as part of the Autumn Statement on 22 November.

  • Funding
  • STRB

ASCL comment on King’s Speech

07 November 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the King’s Speech.

  • Funding
  • Government

ASCL responds to EEF teacher workload reports

01 November 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the reports published by the Education Endowment Foundation on teacher workload and flexible working.

  • Teaching
  • Workload
  • Flexible working

ASCL responds to new research from Beyond Ofsted

01 November 2023

Tom Middlehurst, Association of School and College Leaders’ inspection specialist, comments on new research from Beyond Ofsted, the inquiry into the future of school inspections, chaired by Lord Jim Knight.

  • Inspection
  • Ofsted

ASCL comment on NFER evaluation of tutoring programme

31 October 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication of the National Foundation for Educational Research’s (NFER) implementation and process evaluation of the National Tutoring Programme’s third year.

  • Disadvantage Gap
  • National Tutoring Programme
  • NFER

ASCL comment on Ofsted press release about schools focusing tutoring on exam students

31 October 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Ofsted’s press release on education providers focusing tutoring interventions on exam preparation. 

  • Ofsted
  • Examinations

ASCL comment on £2m investment in Oak for AI development

30 October 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government press release announcing £2 million investment in Oak National Academy to improve and expand artificial intelligence tools for teachers.

  • Funding
  • Curriculum
  • AI

ASCL responds to Education Secretary’s letter on RSHE materials

23 October 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the Department for Education press release about Education Secretary Gillian Keegan writing to schools over RSHE materials.

  • Curriculum
  • DfE

ASCL comment on minimum service levels

20 October 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the announcement that minimum services levels will be introduced in schools and colleges.

  • Teaching
  • England

ASCL comment on NFER’s impact evaluation of the second year of the National Tutoring Programme

19 October 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Independent NTP Year 2 Impact Evaluation, conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).

  • Funding
  • Tutoring
  • National Tutoring Programme
  • NFER

ASCL NI comment on Department of Education’s corporate plan

19 October 2023

John Trueman, Director of ASCL Northern Ireland, comments on the publication of Every CHILD, the Department of Education’s new corporate plan.

  • Northern Ireland
  • DfE

ASCL comment on digital exams

17 October 2023

Tom Middlehurst, Curriculum, Assessment and Inspection Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from AQA, which states that digital exams will help young people develop the skills they need for the future.  

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Technology

ASCL comment on government’s refusal to restore £370m of school funding

13 October 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the letter from Schools Minister Nick Gibb rejecting union calls to restore funding rates announced in July

ASCL Cymru comment on sector summaries section of Chief Inspector’s Annual Report

12 October 2023

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, responds to the publication of the sector summaries section of the Chief Inspector’s Annual Report.

  • Funding
  • Cymru

ASCL comment on EPI report showing widening disadvantage gap

12 October 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Policy Institute’s annual report, which shows that the attainment gap between poorer pupils and their peers continued to widen in 2022.

  • Funding
  • Attainment 8
  • EPI
  • Disadvantage Gap

ASCL comment on phonics screening check results

12 October 2023

Tiffnie Harris, Primary and Data Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the publication of phonics screening check results, which show the percentage of pupils meeting the expected standard has risen from 75% to 79%.

  • Primary
  • Early years
  • Reading

Education unions call on Government to restore £370m NFF funding

12 October 2023

Today, the general secretaries of ASCL, NAHT, NASUWT and NEU have written to education secretary Gillian Keegan about the revision of the National Funding Formula (NFF) announced last Friday, 6 October. 

ASCL responds to Labour’s plan to encourage stronger lifelong numeracy

10 October 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Labour’s plan to encourage stronger lifelong numeracy by boosting primary school maths teaching.

  • Primary
  • Maths

ASCL responds to NFER report on post-Covid learning gap

05 October 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on a report from the National Foundation for Educational Research, which shows that young pupils are recovering from missed learning during the Covid pandemic but that the disadvantage gap persists.

  • NFER

ASCL comment on IFS report showing rise in school costs outpacing inflation

05 October 2023

Julia Harnden, Funding Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), which states that general measures of economy-wide inflation are not providing an accurate picture of the cost pressures faced by schools.

  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Government

ASCL comment on Rishi Sunak’s ‘Advanced British Standard’

04 October 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the announcement by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at the Conservative Party conference of plans to introduce a post-16 ‘Advanced British Standard’.

  • Curriculum
  • Post-16
  • A Levels
  • T Levels

ASCL responds to AQA’s call for a new approach to numeracy, literacy and digital fluency

02 October 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to AQA’s report on a new approach to assessing numeracy, literacy and digital fluency.

  • Examinations
  • Literacy
  • Digital

ASCL comment on mobile phone ban during school day

02 October 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on reports that the Education Secretary will announce guidance requiring that pupils should not use mobile phones during the school day.

  • Government
  • England

ASCL comment on announcement of four new attendance hubs

28 September 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the announcement of four new attendance hubs by the Department for Education.

  • Mental Health
  • Attendance
  • DfE

Education organisations outline new commitments for action on equality, diversity and inclusion in education

27 September 2023

Organisations working in the education sector have today (Wednesday 27th September 2023) outlined new commitments for action demonstrating how they will play their part in improving equality, diversity and inclusion within education.

  • Equalities
  • Inclusion
  • Diversity

ASCL comment on Education Select Committee’s report on school absence crisis

27 September 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from the Education Select Committee, which states that better mental health and SEND support is required to tackle the school absence crisis.

  • Mental Health
  • SEND

Pepe Di’Iasio confirmed as next ASCL General Secretary

26 September 2023

Pepe Di’Iasio will be the next General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders when Geoff Barton steps down in April 2024.

  • ASCL
  • About

ASCL comment on Jo Saxton stepping down as chief regulator

26 September 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the announcement that Dr Jo Saxton will be stepping down as Chief Regulator of Ofqual.

  • Examinations
  • Ofqual

Eight unions and the NGA call on the Prime Minister to invest £4.4bn+ per year to get a grip on the school buildings crisis

25 September 2023

ASCL, NAHT, NASUWT, NEU, GMB, UNISON, Unite, Community and the National Governance Association have today written to the Prime Minister pointing out the need for urgent action to ensure that the school estate is upgraded and made safe for education in the 21st century.

  • Funding
  • Government
  • Risk assessment
  • Environment
  • RAAC

ASCL comment on Prime Minister’s plan for ‘British Baccalaureate’

22 September 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to reports that the Prime Minister is planning to establish a ‘British Baccalaureate’ in which pupils would study more subjects after the age of 16.

  • Post-16
  • Key Stage 4
  • A Levels
  • T Levels
  • Qualifications

ASCL comment on NFER report on teaching assistants leaving to work in better paid roles

21 September 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), which shows that teaching assistants are taking second jobs or leaving education to work in better paid roles.

  • Employment
  • Teaching
  • Support staff
  • NFER

Education unions in united call to Secretary of State for urgent measures to improve teacher pay and conditions

21 September 2023

An STRB response and a statement to education secretary Gillian Keegan are both signed by ASCL, NAHT, NASUWT, NEU and Community.

  • Pay
  • STRB
  • Workload

ASCL comment on IFS report on applications to secondary schools

20 September 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), which shows that many parents don’t consider ‘value-added’ Progress 8 scores when applying to secondary school for their child.

  • Progress 8
  • Secondary
  • DfE

ASCL comment on updated list of RAAC-affected schools

19 September 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the updated list from the Department for Education showing 27 more schools with confirmed reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC).

  • Health and safety
  • DfE
  • RAAC

ASCL comment on new teacher workload taskforce

18 September 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s announcement of the membership of the taskforce working towards reducing teacher and leader workload.

  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Workload

ASCL comment on NFER report on schools with in-year deficits

13 September 2023

Julia Harnden, Funding Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), which found that almost half of primary schools and special schools and two-fifths of secondary schools in England had or were expecting an in-year deficit in 2022/23.  

  • Funding
  • Primary
  • England

ASCL comment on NFER report on impact of cost-of-living crisis on schools

07 September 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), revealing that the majority of schools are providing clothing and food to some pupils in response to cost-of-living pressures.  

ASCL statement on RAAC surveys

06 September 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to claims from the government that “responsible bodies” have not returned RAAC surveys to the Department for Education.

  • Health and safety
  • DfE
  • RAAC

School leaders’ unions write to Education Secretary demanding apology for her ‘insulting’ and ‘unacceptable’ remarks

06 September 2023

Today, school leaders’ unions NAHT and ASCL, have written jointly to the Secretary of State for Education expressing their members’ dismay at her comment that some schools need to ‘get off their backsides’ in the RAAC concrete crisis.

  • Health and safety
  • DfE
  • RAAC

ASCL calls for consultation on single-phrase judgements following Ofsted complaints reform

05 September 2023

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has today published a response to the proposed changes to Ofsted’s post-inspection arrangements and complaints handling.

  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • DfE
  • Performance measures
  • Education system

ASCL comment on Labour’s plan to reintroduce School Support Staff Negotiating Body

05 September 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Labour’s announcement of their intention to reintroduce the School Support Staff Negotiating Body (SSSNB) should they be elected at the next general election.

  • Pay
  • Business Leadership
  • STRB
  • Support staff

ASCL calls for urgent answers over crumbling concrete crisis

04 September 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, will today be writing to Education Secretary Gillian Keegan calling for clarification on a number of issues arising from the RAAC crisis.  

  • Health and safety
  • DfE

ASCL Cymru calls for urgent answers over use of RAAC in Welsh schools and colleges

04 September 2023

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, is calling on the Welsh Government to provide urgent clarity on the extent of the use of RAAC (reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete) in schools and colleges in Wales.

  • Cymru
  • Health and safety

Unions write to education secretary to demand answers on RAAC in schools

04 September 2023

Education and public sector unions have today written* to education secretary Gillian Keegan to ask for urgent answers on the RAAC (reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete) emergency.

  • Funding
  • Health and safety
  • Risk assessment
  • DfE
  • RAAC

ASCL comment on crumbling concrete guidance

31 August 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on updated guidance from the Department for Education advising schools “to vacate and restrict access to spaces with confirmed reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete".

  • Inspection
  • Health and safety
  • Risk assessment
  • DfE

ASCL NI comment on report into children’s mental health and wellbeing

25 August 2023

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland, comments on a study from Northern Ireland’s Mental Health Champion, which shows that the wellbeing of children aged 11 is at its lowest level since 2010 and that 45.2% of 16-year-olds have a probable mental illness.  

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health
  • Northern Ireland
  • Behaviour
  • Education system

ASCL comment on GCSE and Level 2 VTQ results

24 August 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication today of GCSE and Level 2 VTQ results in England.

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • Ofqual
  • Secondary
  • VTQs

ASCL NI comment on GCSE and vocational qualification results

24 August 2023

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland, comments on the publication of this year’s GCSE and Level 2 vocational qualification results in Northern Ireland.

  • Assessment
  • GCSE
  • Northern Ireland
  • Secondary
  • VTQs

ASCL Cymru comment on GCSE and vocational qualification results

24 August 2023

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the publication of this year’s GCSE and vocational qualification results in Wales.

  • Assessment
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • GCSE
  • Secondary
  • VTQs

ASCL leader calls for a more humane GCSE system

23 August 2023

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton is calling for a more humane qualification system as the number of pupils achieving a Grade 4 ‘standard pass’ in GCSE English and maths is expected to fall tomorrow (Thursday) consigning many more young people to a demoralising cycle of retakes in post-16 education.  

  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 3
  • GCSE
  • Results day

ASCL comment on A level and VTQ results

17 August 2023

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

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • VTQs

ASCL Cymru comment on A-level and vocational qualification results

17 August 2023

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the publication of this year’s A-level and vocational qualification results in Wales.

  • Cymru
  • A Levels
  • T Levels
  • UCAS
  • VTQs
  • Results day

ASCL NI comment on A-level and vocational qualification results

17 August 2023

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland, comments on the publication of this year’s A-level and vocational qualification results in Northern Ireland.

  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • A Levels
  • T Levels
  • Northern Ireland
  • UCAS
  • Grading
  • Apprenticeships
  • VTQs
  • Results day

ASCL comment on Labour analysis of regional attainment gap

17 August 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Labour’s press release about the widening regional attainment gap in top A-level grades in England.

  • Inclusion
  • Examinations
  • Social Mobility

ASCL calls on government to talk to employers about grading changes

16 August 2023

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

  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • A Levels
  • Marking
  • Grading
  • Qualifications
  • VTQs
  • England

ASCL comment on Sutton Trust report on stay-at-home students

10 August 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to research from the Sutton Trust into how financial difficulties are curbing educational choices.

  • Inclusion
  • Post-16
  • BTEC
  • Post-18
  • Social Mobility

ASCL launches manifesto for the 2024 General Election 

02 August 2023

Extending the pupil premium to support disadvantaged 16-19 year-olds and introducing a new automatic enrolment system for children who qualify for free school meals are among the measures recommended in ASCL’s manifesto for the 2024 General Election.

  • ASCL
  • Government
  • Strategy

ASCL comment on fall in percentage of trainees awarded qualified teacher status

27 July 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the publication of Initial teacher training performance profiles, which shows the percentage of trainees awarded qualified teacher status fell to 93% in 2021/22 from 95% the previous year.

  • Teaching
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Workload
  • Training

ASCL comment on Education Committee’s report on childcare

26 July 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from the Education Committee into the many challenges faced by the childcare and early years education system.  

  • SEND
  • Early years
  • Education system

ASCL halts ballot on strike action

21 July 2023

The Association of School and College Leaders is halting its ballot on strike action in England after members voted in favour of accepting the government’s offer on teacher pay and funding for 2023/24.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • STRB

ASCL comment on new Chief Inspector of Ofsted

20 July 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the selection of Sir Martyn Oliver as the preferred candidate to become the new Chief Inspector of Ofsted. 

  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted

Pepe Di’Iasio nominated for ASCL General Secretary

18 July 2023

Headteacher and former ASCL President Pepe Di’Iasio has been nominated for the post of General Secretary to succeed Geoff Barton from next April following a selection process.  

  • ASCL

ASCL comment on guidance over minimum school week

17 July 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Department for Education guidance over the minimum expectation of a 32.5-hour school week.

  • Leadership
  • DfE

ASCL comment on school funding allocations

17 July 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the announcement of school funding allocations for 2024-25.  

  • Funding
  • Government

Joint statement on teachers' pay

13 July 2023

Joint statement on teachers' pay by the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, the Education Secretary, Gillian Keegan, the General Secretaries of the four education unions - Mary Bousted, Kevin Courtney, Geoff Barton, Paul Whiteman and Patrick Roach - and General Secretary Elect of NEU, Daniel Kebede:  

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Government
  • DfE

ASCL comment on NFER analysis on teacher pay

12 July 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on analysis from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), which states that a teacher pay increase of 6.5 per cent will not be enough on its own to make a significant difference to long-term teacher supply.  

  • Pay
  • Teaching
  • Recruitment and Retention

ASCL comment on SATs results

11 July 2023

Tiffnie Harris, Association of School and College Leaders’ primary specialist, comments on the release of Key Stage 2 SATs results today.

  • Assessment
  • Primary
  • Key Stage 2
  • SATs

College associations back Commons call for post-16 funding review

05 July 2023

Associations representing England’s colleges and college leaders are fully supporting the call being made in a debate scheduled today (Wednesday 5 July) in the House of Commons for a review into post-16 funding.

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • College

ASCL comment on teacher strikes

05 July 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on teacher strikes taking place today and Friday.  

  • Funding
  • Government
  • Education system
  • Industrial action
  • England
  • Ballot

ASCL comment on Labour’s plan to reform education

05 July 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Labour’s plan to ‘shatter the class ceiling’ and undertake radical reform of the education system.

  • Government
  • Policy
  • Education system

Union leaders call on Education Secretary to stop delaying school pay review body recommendations

04 July 2023

The TUC and school unions have today (Tuesday) called on the Education Secretary to stop delaying the publication of the School Teacher Review Body (STRB) pay recommendations.  

  • STRB
  • DfE
  • England

ASCL response to Sutton Trust report on disadvantage

29 June 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Sutton Trust report which reveals the extent to which the talent of high-potential disadvantaged young people is being wasted due to inequalities in society and education.

  • Disadvantage Gap

Joint union letter to MPs on STRB

28 June 2023

ASCL, NAHT, and National Education Union have today written to all MPs, asking them to urge Education Secretary Gillian Keegan and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to publish the STRB report and urgently resolve the pay dispute.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • STRB
  • Government
  • DfE

ASCL responds to NAO report on neglect of school estate

28 June 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the National Audit Office (NAO) report that around 700,000 children in England are studying in schools requiring major rebuilding or refurbishment.  

  • Health and safety
  • School Improvement
  • DfE

ASCL comment on Kemi Badenoch’s letter to Ofsted

23 June 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the letter from the Minister for Women and Equalities to Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman requesting a snap inspection of Rye College, in East Sussex.  

  • Inclusion
  • Ofsted
  • Government
  • DfE
  • Transgender pupils

ASCL comment on NFER report on National Tutoring Programme

21 June 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a survey from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), which found that many school leaders do not feel the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) is cost-effective.

  • Tutoring
  • National Tutoring Programme

Brewing crisis in education can only be solved if Gillian Keegan reopens talks with unions

20 June 2023

The General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, has warned that the brewing crisis in schools and colleges can only be solved if the Secretary of State for Education reopens talks with unions and resolves the pay dispute. 

  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Government

ASCL launches #VoteForEducation ballot

19 June 2023

The Association of School and College Leaders has today launched the first national ballot on industrial action in our 150-year history.  

  • Funding
  • Government
  • Industrial action
  • Ballot

ASCL comment on HEPI report on UCAS personal statements

15 June 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on a report from the Higher Education Policy Institute, which found personal statements are read for just two minutes on average.  

  • Post-16
  • Key Stage 3
  • UCAS
  • University
  • Education system
  • England

ASCL comment on launch of inquiry into Ofsted inspections

13 June 2023

Tom Middlehurst, Curriculum, Assessment and Inspection Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the announcement that the Education Committee has launched an inquiry to examine the way in which Ofsted inspects schools.

  • Teaching
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Mental Health

ASCL comment on changes to Ofsted inspections

12 June 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Ofsted’s announcement of changes to inspection processes, a revised complaints procedure, and new wellbeing investment.

  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Mental Health

Newly updated Burgundy Book launched for school teachers

08 June 2023

A handbook setting out the conditions of service for school teachers in England and Wales has been updated for the first time in over two decades.

ASCL comment on EEF review into teacher recruitment and retention

08 June 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a review from the Education Endowment Foundation into the challenges with the recruitment and retention of teachers.

  • Teaching
  • Recruitment and Retention

ASCL comment on growing number of teacher vacancies

08 June 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to new data from the Department for Education, which shows that teaching vacancies have doubled over the last two years.  

  • Teaching
  • Recruitment and Retention

ASCL comment on PAC report on ‘lost decade’ in education

07 June 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which warns that the impact of the pandemic on children’s education will have far-reaching consequences for an entire generation unless urgent action is taken.  

  • Equalities
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health
  • DfE
  • Education system
  • Disadvantage Gap

Education unions to hold joint industrial action campaign meetings in every school in England

06 June 2023

Today, the general secretaries of teacher and school leader unions, including NAHT, ASCL and NEU, have written to their members in all schools in England encouraging them to hold joint-union staff meetings on industrial action.  

  • Industrial action
  • Ballot

ASCL comment on review of Relationships, Sex and Health Education

31 May 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the formation of an independent expert advisory panel who will advise on the review of the Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) curriculum.  

  • Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • RSE

ASCL announces dates of strike ballot

26 May 2023

The first national ballot on industrial action in the 150-year history of the Association of School and College Leaders will run from 19 June to 31 July.  

  • Funding
  • Government
  • Education system
  • Industrial action
  • Ballot

ASCL responds to NFER report on essential skills for tomorrow’s workforce

25 May 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders and member of the Strategic Advisory Board for the NFER’s The Skills Imperative 2035 programme, responds to a report by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), which warns that urgent action is needed to prevent skills shortages.  

ASCL comment on latest findings from Covid Social Mobility study

25 May 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the latest COVID Social Mobility & Opportunities (COSMO) study, examining links between poverty, mental health issues and educational attainment.  

  • Equalities
  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Income
  • Mental Health
  • School meals

Education unions call on government to publish pay recommendation

25 May 2023

Education unions have today (Thurs 25 May) written to the Secretary of State for Education calling for the government to formally publish the recently leaked pay recommendation made by the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) and to urgently re-start negotiations in the dispute over teacher and leader pay and the funding of pay awards.

  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Industrial action

Education coalition to stage ‘save our schools’ lobby of parliament

24 May 2023

Teachers, leaders, support staff and governors are joining forces to lobby MPs for a better deal for schools, colleges and children.  

  • ASCL
  • Pay
  • Teaching
  • Government

ASCL responds to changes to National Tutoring Programme

23 May 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the DfE’s announcement about changes to the National Tutoring Programme (NTP).  

  • Government
  • DfE
  • Tutoring
  • National Tutoring Programme

ASCL responds to report of 6.5% teacher pay recommendation

21 May 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report in the Sunday Times that says the School Teachers’ Review Body has recommended a 6.5% pay award for teachers in 2023-24.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • STRB

ASCL responds to guidance on the involvement of special schools in Initial Teacher Training

19 May 2023

Margaret Mulholland, SEND and Inclusion Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the publication of non-statutory guidance from the Department for Education, designed to help accredited Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers to involve special schools in their ITT partnerships.  

  • Inclusion
  • Teaching
  • SEND
  • Training

ASCL responds to government’s press release on new pupil attendance measures

18 May 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the government’s press release announcing new pupil attendance measures.

  • Attendance
  • Performance measures
  • Education system

ASCL comment on England’s success in PIRLS

16 May 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on England’s success in the Progress International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).

  • Primary
  • Reading

ASCL responds to calls to create a register of home-schooled children

16 May 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders responds to the Children Not In School (Register) Bill, introduced in the House of Commons by Flick Drummond MP.

  • Government
  • DfE
  • Home schooling

ASCL Cymru comment on review of the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers

16 May 2023

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, responds to the publication of the review of the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH).

  • Leadership
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Professional Development
  • NPQ
  • Qualifications

ASCL Cymru comment on plans to reduce workload 

16 May 2023

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, responds to the written statement of Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and Welsh Language, about plans to reduce workload for school staff.   

  • Funding
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Workload

ASCL responds to Education Policy Institute’s report on post-pandemic learning loss

11 May 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from the Education Policy Institute, which shows maths outcomes for primary-aged pupils remain below pre-pandemic levels.

  • Funding
  • Primary
  • Education recovery
  • National Tutoring Programme

ASCL responds to Education Support’s report on the growing demands on teachers

10 May 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from wellbeing charity Education Support about how the growing emotional and practical demands on teachers are affecting their mental health.

  • Conditions
  • Pastoral
  • Workload
  • Mental Health

ASCL responds to Ofsted’s report on the impact of teacher workload on professional development opportunities 

10 May 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from Ofsted which states that mounting teacher workloads are reducing opportunities for professional development.

  • Funding
  • Ofsted
  • Workload
  • Professional Development

ASCL comment on Education Select Committee’s report on plans to withdraw funding from AGQs

28 April 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report from the Education Select Committee, that calls for a pause in the defunding of applied general qualifications (AGQs).  

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • Post-18
  • Apprenticeships
  • Qualifications

ASCL comment on Labour’s pledge to recruit more teachers

28 April 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders,responds to analysis from Labour identifying major gaps in expert teaching in schools.  

  • Employment
  • Teaching
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Careers
  • Government
  • Education system

Unions to announce they will co-ordinate industrial action going forward

28 April 2023

In a joint press conference taking place on Friday 28 April at school leaders’ union NAHT’s Annual Conference in Telford, the general secretaries of all four education unions will announce that they intend to co-ordinate their unions’ industrial action moving forward.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • DfE

ASCL NI comment on Stormont budget

27 April 2023

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland, comments on today’s announcement of Stormont’s budget for 2023-24, which shows education funding will be cut.  

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Income
  • Government
  • Northern Ireland
  • School Cuts

ASCL response to Sutton Trust report on school cuts

26 April 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to polling for the Sutton Trust on cuts to teaching assistants, school trips, sport and other provision.  

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Education system
  • Support staff
  • School Cuts

ASCL comment in response to government press release on school funding

26 April 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the government’s press release on school funding.  

  • Funding
  • Finance
  • GCSE
  • Government

ASCL NI comment ahead of strike action

25 April 2023

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at the Association of School and College Leaders in Northern Ireland, comments ahead of tomorrow’s planned day of strike action by the majority of teachers in Northern Ireland.  

  • Government
  • Northern Ireland
  • Industrial action

ASCL comment on Ofsted’s report on how trusts are involved in school inspections

25 April 2023

Tom Middlehurst, Curriculum, Assessment and Inspection Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Ofsted’s report into how multi-academy trusts are involved in school inspections.  

  • Ofsted
  • MAT
  • DfE
  • Education system

ASCL responds to HMCI statement on calls for Ofsted reform

21 April 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the statement by Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman on calls for Ofsted reform.  

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Ofsted
  • Grading
  • Education system

ASCL to hold formal strike ballot

20 April 2023

The Association of School and College Leaders, for the first time in its history, will hold a formal ballot for national strike action in England over the school funding crisis, the erosion of teacher and leader pay and conditions, and consequent staff shortages which are undermining the education system.  

  • Teaching
  • Education system
  • Industrial action
  • England

ASCL comment on National Tutoring Programme statistics

20 April 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the government’s press release in relation to the latest National Tutoring Programme figures.  

  • DfE
  • Education system
  • National Tutoring Programme

ASCL comment on Prime Minister’s reaffirmation of maths to 18

17 April 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Prime Minister’s planned speech reaffirming his ambition to ensure every young person studies some form of maths up to the age of 18.

  • Funding
  • Curriculum
  • Post-16

ASCL comment on Working lives of teachers and leaders report

11 April 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the publication of the Department for Education’s Working lives of teachers and leaders report.  

  • Teaching
  • STRB
  • Workload

ASCL members overwhelmingly reject government’s pay and conditions offer

04 April 2023

ASCL members have voted to reject the pay and conditions offer made by the government following recent talks with education unions over the industrial dispute triggered by the inadequacy of this year’s pay award.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Industrial action

ASCL comment on rising school vacancies

31 March 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on new research from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which shows a significant increase in vacancies in nursery, primary and secondary schools.

  • Employment
  • Teaching
  • Primary
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Flexible working
  • Careers
  • Secondary
  • Education system

ASCL responds to review of RSHE guidance

31 March 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Department for Education’s announcement about a review of Relationships, Sex, Health and Education guidance.

  • Teaching
  • RSE
  • Government

ASCL responds to More Than A Score surveys on SATs

30 March 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the results of surveys commissioned by campaign group More Than A Score about views of SATs.  

  • Assessment
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Literacy
  • Grading
  • Education system
  • SATs

ASCL comment on IFS report on falling college teacher pay

30 March 2023

Anne Murdoch, Senior Adviser in College Leadership at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on a new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which shows that recommended pay levels for college teachers have fallen by 18% since 2010.  

  • Pay
  • Post-16
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4
  • Income
  • T Levels
  • Careers
  • HE

ASCL comment on defunding of further vocational qualifications

29 March 2023

Kevin Gilmartin, Post 16 Specialist at the Association of Schools and College Leaders, comments after the government published its latest list of qualifications that will have funding removed.  

  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • Key Stage 3
  • T Levels
  • Apprenticeships

ASCL comment on IFS report on free school meals

29 March 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on new research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which found that there are 1.7 million pupils in England who are not eligible for free school meals despite their families being entitled to universal credit.  

  • Funding
  • Government
  • Free school meals
  • School meals

ASCL comment on funding for school buildings and places

28 March 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government press release outlining funding for upgrading and refurbishing school and college buildings, and for more school places.  

  • Funding
  • School Improvement
  • DfE

ASCL comment on government pay offer

27 March 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s offer on pay and conditions following talks with ASCL and other education unions.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Government

ASCL responds to Chief Inspector’s statement on death of Ruth Perry

24 March 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the statement by Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman concerning the death of headteacher Ruth Perry.

ASCL response to NFER report on school workforce crisis

23 March 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the NFER’s Teacher Labour Market in England Annual Report 2023, which shows a huge increase in teacher vacancies.  

  • Teaching
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Careers

ASCL comment on submission of evidence to the STRB

22 March 2023

Louise Hatswell, Pay Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments following ASCL’s submission of evidence to the STRB for the 33rd report.

  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • STRB

ASCL calls for pause to Ofsted inspections following death of Ruth Perry

20 March 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the death of headteacher Ruth Perry following an Ofsted inspection.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted

ASCL calls for rethink on cull of BTECs

18 March 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, will today (Saturday 18 March) describe plans to scrap many popular BTECs and similar qualifications as “risky and reckless” and call for ministers to reconsider.

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • BTEC
  • T Levels
  • College
  • FE
  • DfE

Joint statement from the government and education unions to move into intensive talks

17 March 2023

The Government and the education trade unions, Association of School and College Leaders, National Association of Head Teachers, NASUWT and National Education Union, have agreed to move into a period of intensive talks. The talks will focus on teacher pay, conditions and workload reduction.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Workload
  • DfE

ASCL comment on Spring Budget 2023

15 March 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Chancellor’s Spring Budget 2023 announcement.  

  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Government
  • DfE
  • Education system
  • Spending Review
  • England

ASCL comment on meeting with Gillian Keegan

14 March 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on a meeting this afternoon (Tuesday 14 March) between Geoff Barton and Education Secretary Gillian Keegan, over the pay dispute and industrial action.

  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Government
  • Industrial action
  • England

ASCL comment on Labour plans to reform Ofsted

11 March 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Shadow Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson’s planned speech to ASCL Annual Conference outlining how Labour would consult on a new ‘report card’ to replace Ofsted’s four headline grades.  

ASCL General Secretary calls on Gillian Keegan to stop ‘trading fatuous soundbites’

10 March 2023

Geoff Barton will today call on Education Secretary Gillian Keegan to stop “trading fatuous soundbites” and put forward a meaningful offer which brings to an end the industrial dispute in education.

  • Leadership
  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Government
  • DfE

Urgent action needed to address crisis in teacher pay and supply

10 March 2023

Unions representing teachers and school leaders in England are today united in calling on the School Teachers’ Review Body to make urgent recommendations on pay, workload and conditions of service to address the critical pay issues and the recruitment and retention crisis in the profession.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • STRB

ASCL General Secretary speech to Annual Conference 2023

10 March 2023

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton's speech to Annual Conference on Friday 10 March 2023.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Government
  • DfE

ASCL President's speech to ASCL Annual Conference 2023

10 March 2023

ASCL President Evelyn Forde MBE's keynote address to ASCL Annual Conference 2023 on 10 March 2023.

ASCL President condemns government for ‘deplorable’ state of children’s support services

10 March 2023

ASCL President Evelyn Forde will today (Friday 10 March) condemn the government for the erosion of children’s support services over the past decade as a survey reveals that the vast majority of school and college leaders view these services as being inadequate

  • Funding
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Government

ASCL comment on Sutton Trust report on private and in-school tutoring

09 March 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on research from the Sutton Trust showing large inequalities in the use of private tutoring.

  • Education system
  • Disadvantage Gap
  • Tutoring
  • National Tutoring Programme

ASCL comment on delay to return of SATs results

09 March 2023

Tiffnie Harris, Primary and Data Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments following the announcement that 2023 Key Stage 2 test results will be delayed by a week.

  • Key Stage 2
  • SATs

Attempt to break deadlock in industrial action dispute ignored, say education unions

08 March 2023

An attempt by education unions involved in the industrial action dispute over pay and funding to break the current deadlock and move forward with talks with the government has been ignored.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • DfE
  • Industrial action

ASCL comment on new standards for equal access to sports

08 March 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s press release outlining new standards to ensure all children are offered the same sports during PE and extracurricular activities.

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Curriculum

Education Secretary turns down invitation to speak to school and college leaders

03 March 2023

Gillian Keegan MP, Secretary of State for Education, has turned down an invitation to speak to school and college leaders at ASCL’s Annual Conference in Birmingham next week.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Professional Development
  • DfE
  • Industrial action

ASCL comment ahead of publication of SEND and AP Improvement Plan

02 March 2023

Margaret Mulholland, SEND and Inclusion Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s press release ahead of the publication of their SEND and AP Improvement Plan

  • SEND

ASCL comment on messages between Matt Hancock and Gavin Williamson

01 March 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the latest tranche of leaked messages from Matt Hancock published by the Daily Telegraph and his exchange with then Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on secondary school offer day

01 March 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on secondary school offer day.

  • Ofsted
  • Transitions
  • Parents
  • Secondary

360 headteachers and principals ask for a delay to planned cull of BTEC courses

01 March 2023

Hundreds of school and college leaders sign letter to Secretary of State for Education urging her to delay plan to scrap most BTEC qualifications.  

  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • BTEC
  • HE
  • Post-18
  • College
  • FE
  • Qualifications

ASCL comment on the Government’s submission to the STRB

22 February 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Government’s submission to the School Teachers' Review Body.

  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • STRB
  • DfE

ASCL comment on further talks with the Department for Education

21 February 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments after the latest round of talks with officials from the Department for Education, which were focused on reducing teacher and leader workload.

  • Conditions
  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Workload
  • DfE

ASCL NI comment ahead of half-day strike

20 February 2023

Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland, comments ahead of tomorrow’s half-day strike action being carried out by the majority of teachers in Northern Ireland.

  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Government
  • Northern Ireland
  • Education system
  • Industrial action

ASCL comment on latest talks with Gillian Keegan

15 February 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on talks today between education unions and Education Secretary Gillian Keegan over teacher recruitment and retention, pay erosion and industrial action.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Government
  • DfE
  • Industrial action

ASCL Cymru response to improved teacher pay offer

08 February 2023

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the improved teacher pay offer for the 2022/23 academic year announced by the Welsh government.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Recruitment and Retention

ASCL comment on State of the Nation report

07 February 2023

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Department for Education’s State of the Nation report.

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Examinations
  • Mental Health

ASCL comment on plans to advertise apprenticeships through UCAS

06 February 2023

Kevin Gilmartin, Post 16 Specialist at the Association of Schools and College Leaders, responds to the news that apprenticeship opportunities will be advertised to young people alongside undergraduate degrees in plans to broaden UCAS.

  • Post-16
  • Careers
  • UCAS
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

ASCL NI calls for fair and fully funded pay award to end industrial dispute

06 February 2023

Victor Coert, President of ASCL Northern Ireland, comments following the announcement that the majority of teachers in Northern Ireland are to hold a half-day strike on February 21.

  • Pay
  • Northern Ireland
  • Industrial action

ASCL comment on Children’s Social Care Implementation Strategy

02 February 2023

Margaret Mulholland, SEND and Inclusion Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the announcement of the government’s Children’s Social Care Implementation Strategy.

  • Inclusion
  • SEND
  • Early years
  • Education system

ASCL comment on NAO report on education recovery in schools in England

01 February 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the National Audit Office’s report on education recovery in schools in England.

  • Budget
  • Education recovery
  • Education system
  • Disadvantage Gap
  • National Tutoring Programme

Snapshot survey suggests majority of schools affected by teacher strike

01 February 2023

A snapshot survey conducted by the Association of School and College Leaders suggests the majority of schools have been affected by today’s strike by teachers in the National Education Union.

  • Teaching
  • Industrial action

ASCL comment on last-ditch strike talks

30 January 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on talks this afternoon between Education Secretary Gillian Keegan and education unions including ASCL over teacher pay and the strike action planned by NEU members in England on Wednesday,  

  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Government
  • Industrial action

ASCL comment on Chancellor’s speech

27 January 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the Chancellor’s speech this morning.

  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Education system
  • Energy costs

ASCL comment on Ofsted inspections during industrial action

24 January 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to news that Ofsted will not be scheduling inspections on days of national or regional industrial action.

  • Ofsted
  • Industrial action

ASCL comment on Friday’s talks with DfE officials

20 January 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on today’s talks between education unions and officials at the Department for Education over teacher and leader pay, recruitment and retention, and potential industrial action.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • DfE
  • Industrial action

ASCL comment on latest talks with Education Secretary

18 January 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on today’s talks with Education Secretary Gillian Keegan about teacher pay, the recruitment and retention crisis, and the prospect of industrial action. 

  • Conditions
  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • DfE
  • Industrial action

ASCL comment on IFS report on teacher pay

11 January 2023

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ report on the real-terms cut to teacher pay since 2010. 

  • Conditions
  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention

Results of ASCL consultative ballot on industrial action in England

06 January 2023

A consultative ballot on industrial action conducted by the Association of School and College Leaders in England has shown a majority in favour of proceeding to a formal ballot.

  • Pay
  • Industrial action
  • England

Results of ASCL consultative ballot on industrial action in Wales

06 January 2023

A consultative ballot on industrial action conducted by the Association of School and College Leaders in Wales has shown a majority in favour of proceeding to a formal ballot.  

  • Pay
  • Wales
  • Industrial action

ASCL comment on Prime Minister’s New Year speech

04 January 2023

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

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Post-16
  • Key Stage 4

ASCL comment on reviews into delayed VTQ results

15 December 2022

Tom Middlehurst, Curriculum, Assessment and Inspection Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the publication of reviews by Ofqual, Pearson and OCR into the delayed VTQ results.

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • Ofqual
  • VTQs

ASCL comment on £500m for energy efficiency upgrades

06 December 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the Department for Education announcement that schools and colleges in England will be allocated a share of £500 million to spend on energy efficiency upgrades.

  • Funding
  • Business Leadership
  • Resources
  • Energy costs

School Cuts website relaunched amidst deepening funding crisis

08 November 2022

New projections for school funding, compiled by School Cuts, show that 90% of schools with comparable data will have lower per pupil funding in real terms in 2023-24 than in 2022-23. Real terms per-pupil funding is set to be cut by £147 over the same period. This is on top of historic real-terms cuts.   

  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Parents
  • Resources
  • Government
  • School Cuts

Education leaders from 24,000 schools demand Government action on school meals  

20 October 2022

School and education leaders representing more than a million teachers, support staff and others working with children have embarked on a new drive to protect their pupils from the cost-of-living crisis with a letter to Prime Minister Liz Truss demanding Free School Meals are offered to all children in families receiving universal credit in England.  

ASCL comment on school performance tables

20 October 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication of the Key Stage 4 performance tables.

  • Assessment
  • Data
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • Performance Tables
  • Secondary
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on National Tutoring Programme evaluation findings

18 October 2022

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the findings from the National Foundation for Educational Research’s evaluation of the National Tutoring Programme.

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Education recovery
  • National Tutoring Programme

ASCL comment on pupil attendance statistics

13 October 2022

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

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

ASCL comment on IFS analysis of likely public sector job cuts

08 October 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the IFS analysis that the public sector workforce may need to be cut by more than 200,000 by 2024 to stay within current government spending plans.

  • Employment
  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Government

Twelve education and parent organisations warn of looming funding crisis

06 October 2022

Twelve organisations representing education staff, parents, governors and trustees have today written to Prime Minister Liz Truss and Education Secretary Kit Malthouse warning of their concern over the looming education funding crisis. 

  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Resources
  • Government
  • DfE

ASCL expresses dismay at Education Secretary’s Conservative party conference speech

05 October 2022

The Association of School and College Leaders has written to Education Secretary Kit Malthouse expressing our dismay at some of the comments he made in his speech to the Conservative Party Conference on Tuesday.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Government
  • DfE

ASCL comment on Labour’s plan for breakfast clubs

28 September 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to plans being announced by Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson to introduce fully funded breakfast clubs in every primary school in England.

  • Funding
  • Inclusion
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Primary
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Free school meals

ASCL response to UCAS figures on university entries

22 September 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on UCAS data about record numbers of students entering higher education.

  • UCAS
  • HE
  • University
  • Social Mobility

ASCL responds to energy bill relief scheme

21 September 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the energy bill relief scheme for non-domestic customers published by the Department for Business this morning.

  • Funding
  • Business Leadership
  • Financial planning
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Energy costs

ASCL pays tribute to the Queen and a lifetime of service

08 September 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, pays tribute to the Queen following the announcement of her death.

ASCL comment on government attendance drive

02 September 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Department for Education press release on an attendance drive as the new term starts for millions of pupils.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Attendance
  • DfE
  • Strategy

ASCL response to IFS analysis of inflation squeeze on public services

10 August 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the briefing from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) on the inflation squeeze on public services

ASCL response to teachers’ pay award

19 July 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the announcement of the teachers’ pay award for 2022/23

Education unions write to new education minister Andrea Jenkyns expressing their 'grave concern' over swearing incident

11 July 2022

Unions representing education staff, teachers and school leaders, have today written jointly to new Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Education, Andrea Jenkyns, to express their ‘grave concern’ over the incident in which she made an obscene gesture to the public outside Downing Street last week.

  • Professional Standards
  • Government
  • Behaviour

ASCL survey shows teacher shortages at crisis point

08 July 2022

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton today warned that teacher shortages had reached crisis point as a survey showed that more than 9 in 10 schools and colleges in England are experiencing difficulties in recruiting staff.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • STRB

ASCL comment on UCAS report about the educational experience of disabled students

01 July 2022

Kevin Gilmartin, post-16 specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the UCAS report about the experience of disabled students in education.

  • Funding
  • Inclusion
  • Post-16
  • Health and safety
  • Disability
  • UCAS
  • College
  • FE

ASCL comment on Schools Bill U-turn

30 June 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on news that the government is scrapping several clauses in the Schools Bill.

  • Funding
  • Legislation
  • Government
  • DfE
  • Schools Bill

ASCL response to NFER report on teacher pay proposals

23 June 2022

Louise Hatswell, pay specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on research by the National Foundation for Educational Research showing that the Department for Education’s teacher pay proposals are unlikely to solve teacher supply problems in STEM subjects.  

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • STRB

ASCL comment on school place applications and offers

23 June 2022

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Department for Education statistics on secondary and primary school applications and offers for entry in September 2022.

  • Data
  • DfE
  • Admissions

ASCL Cymru comment on Estyn’s focus on equity

16 June 2022

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru comments on Estyn’s announcement that school inspections from the autumn will involve a deeper focus on the progress and attainment of pupils disadvantaged by poverty.

  • Funding
  • Wales
  • Accountability
  • ESTYN

ASCL NI calls for quick resolution to industrial dispute

15 June 2022

On Monday, representatives of the Association of School and College Leaders in Northern Ireland met with the management side of the Teachers’ Negotiating Committee to consider the implications of the current NASUWT industrial action on schools. ASCL represents nearly 200 school leaders in Northern Ireland.

  • Pay
  • Funding
  • Northern Ireland

ASCL responds to government food strategy

13 June 2022

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s food strategy.

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

ASCL comment on rise in pupils eligible for free school meals

09 June 2022

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders,  comments on the increase in the number of pupils in England eligible for free school meals.

  • Funding
  • Free school meals
  • DfE
  • School meals

Education and Union leaders representing a million teachers and education specialists demand action on free school meals  

31 May 2022

Teachers say worsening hunger crisis damaging children’s prospects. School and Education Union leaders representing more than a million teachers, support staff and others working with children have written to the chancellor Rishi Sunak and the education secretary Nadhim Zahawi demanding free school meals are offered to all children in families receiving universal credit or equivalent benefits.    

  • Funding
  • Inclusion
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Primary
  • Parents
  • Free school meals

ASCL supports Food Foundation call for extension of free school meals provision

31 May 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, pledges support to the Food Foundation’s demand for action on free school meals.

  • Funding
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Primary
  • Health and safety
  • Pupil Premium
  • Free school meals
  • School meals

ASCL comment on government’s teacher training announcement

26 May 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the government press release on a renewed focus on teacher training.

  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Early Career Framework
  • Training

ASCL response to government’s full academisation plans  

25 May 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the government press release on the next steps towards all schools being in, or in the process of joining, multi-academy trusts by 2030.

  • Governance
  • Governors and Trustees
  • MAT
  • Policy
  • DfE
  • Strategy

ASCL comment on overhaul of children’s social care

23 May 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the government press release on plans for a fundamental shift in children’s social care.

  • Funding
  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Mental Health

ASCL comment on NFER study into ethnic disparities in teacher career progression

18 May 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on research by the National Foundation for Education Research revealing that the most significant ethnic disparities in teacher career progression occur during early career stages.

  • Leadership
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Professional Development
  • Diversity
  • Careers
  • NQTs
  • Early Career Framework

ASCL comment on measures in new Schools Bill

12 May 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Department for Education press release about measures in the new Schools Bill.

  • Leadership
  • Government
  • Policy
  • DfE
  • Strategy

ASCL comment on Schools Bill in Queen’s Speech

10 May 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Schools Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech.

  • Funding
  • Legislation
  • Government

ASCL Cymru comment on Welsh government’s relaxation of Covid measures in schools

03 May 2022

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the Welsh government’s announcement that Covid measures in schools will be relaxed, effective from 9 May.

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

ASCL response to government plan to publish data on NTP take-up

02 May 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the Department for Education press release about plans to publish data on each school’s take-up of the National Tutoring Programme.

  • Funding
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Education recovery
  • National Tutoring Programme

ASCL Cymru comment on Estyn’s publication of peer-on-peer sexual harassment leaflet

28 April 2022

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the publication by Estyn of the leaflet We don’t tell our teachers, but schools need to know – a report for learnerson peer-to-peer sexual abuse.

  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Safeguarding
  • ESTYN
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual violence

ASCL comment on Ofsted’s publication of its 5-year strategy 

26 April 2022

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication by Ofsted of its strategy for the next five years.

  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted

ASCL comment on guidance on summer exams and Covid-19  

08 April 2022

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on today's updated guidance from JCQ on summer exams and Covid-19. 

  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on Labour claim that school energy bills doubled last year

07 April 2022

Hayley Dunn, Business Leadership Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on a Labour press release claiming that children’s learning and opportunities are being put at risk by rising energy prices.

  • Funding
  • Business Leadership
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Resources
  • Energy costs

ASCL comment on school attendance figures

05 April 2022

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

  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

School leader unions call for government action over Covid disruption

04 April 2022

Trade unions representing most of England’s school and college leaders have written jointly to Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi calling on him to reconsider the decision to withdraw free Covid testing from pupils and staff. 

  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment
  • DfE

ASCL Cymru comment on extending free school meal provision to all primary school pupils by 2024

30 March 2022

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the joint announcement by the Welsh government and Plaid Cymru that free school meals will be made available to all primary school pupils in Wales by September 2024.

  • Inclusion
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Primary
  • Free school meals

ASCL comment on SEND green paper

29 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government press release about the launch of the SEND and alternative provision green paper on Tuesday.

  • SEND
  • Government
  • DfE

ASCL comment on schools white paper

28 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Department for Education press release outlining the schools white paper being launched on Monday.

  • Leadership
  • Parents
  • Collaboration
  • Literacy
  • Government
  • Policy
  • DfE

ASCL responds to EPI report on pandemic learning loss during the first half of the 2021 autumn term

28 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on research carried out by the Education Policy Institute into learning loss from the pandemic published by the Department for Education.

  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Education recovery

ASCL comment on spring statement

23 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Chancellor’s spring statement.

  • Funding
  • Budget
  • Finance
  • Government

ASCL Cymru comment on school attendance figures  

23 March 2022

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, comments on the latest school attendance statistics published by the Welsh government.

  • Funding
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Health and safety
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment
  • Strategy

ASCL comment on school attendance figures

22 March 2022

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

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Data
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL General Secretary speech to Annual Conference 2022

12 March 2022

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton's address to ASCL Annual Conference 2022.

  • Leadership
  • ASCL

ASCL President’s speech to ASCL Annual Conference

11 March 2022

ASCL President Pepe Di'lasio's keynote address to ASCL Annual Conference 2022 on 11 March 2022.

  • Leadership
  • ASCL

ASCL comment on school attendance figures

08 March 2022

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

  • Leadership
  • Data
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance

ASCL Cymru summary of pay award evidence presented to the IWPRB

07 March 2022

Eithne Hughes, Director of ASCL Cymru, summarises the pay award evidence presented by the Association of School and College Leaders to the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body (IWPRB) about teacher pay awards for 2022 and 2023.

  • Conditions
  • Pay
  • Cymru
  • Wales

Education unions call on the Government to repair damage to teacher and school leader pay

04 March 2022

On Thursday 3 March, organisations representing virtually all teachers and school leaders in England submitted a joint statement to the School Teachers’ Review Body.

  • Conditions
  • Employment
  • Pay
  • STRB

ASCL comment on plans to reform post-16 level 2 qualifications

02 March 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Department for Education press release that a consultation will be launched on Wednesday seeking views on plans to reform post-16 qualifications at level 2 and below.

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Qualifications

ASCL comment on government announcement on post-qualifications admissions

24 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Department for Education’s announcement on post-qualifications admissions as part of the consultation on its higher education policy statement and reform.

  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • A Levels
  • BTEC
  • HE
  • University
  • Post-18
  • College
  • FE
  • Qualifications

ASCL comment on school attendance figures

22 February 2022

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

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

ASCL comment on government announcement of end to Covid self-isolation and testing rules

21 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the government’s announcement that Covid self-isolation and testing rules will end on Thursday 24 February.

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on vaccinations for 5 to 11-year-olds  

16 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Health Secretary’s announcement that he accepts the JCVI recommendation to offer Covid vaccinations to primary school-aged children from April.

  • Primary
  • Key Stage 1
  • Key Stage 2
  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on government’s aim to strengthen Online Safety Bill

08 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the announcement by Digital Minister Chris Philip that the Online Safety Bill will be strengthened to better protect children from online pornography.

  • Safeguarding
  • Social Media
  • RSE
  • Digital
  • Everyone's Invited
  • Sexual harassment

ASCL comment on universities working more closely with schools to improve exam results  

08 February 2022

Kevin Gilmartin, Post 16 Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the call by the Office for Students (OfS) for universities and colleges to work much more closely with schools to improve exam results.

  • Post-16
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • UCAS
  • University
  • College
  • FE

ASCL comment on school attendance figures

08 February 2022

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

  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on Ofsted report into student attendance levels in schools

07 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the publication of an Ofsted report into attendance levels in schools. 

  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Ofsted
  • Safeguarding
  • Attendance

ASCL comment on the release of exam adaptation information

07 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the release today [7 February] of details of exam adaptations and advance information.

  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • A Levels
  • AS Levels
  • Ofqual
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on government’s levelling up white paper

01 February 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the press release about the government’s levelling up white paper.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Post-16
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Early years
  • Policy
  • DfE

ASCL Cymru comment on Education Minister’s announcement of reduced Covid measures in schools 

25 January 2022

Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the Education Minister’s announcement that Covid measures will be scaled down.

  • Leadership
  • Cymru
  • Wales
  • Business Leadership
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment
  • Strategy

ASCL comment on government announcement on easing of Covid restrictions in schools

19 January 2022

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Prime Minister’s announcement in the House of Commons that students will no longer be required to wear face masks in classrooms from Thursday 20 January.

  • Health and safety
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment

ASCL comment on government decision on reform of Modern Foreign Languages GCSEs

14 January 2022

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton comments on the Department for Education announcement that it will press ahead with controversial changes to the way GCSE French, German and Spanish is assessed.

  • Teaching
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • MFL
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE

ASCL comment on school attendance figures

11 January 2022

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton comments on the latest school attendance statistics.

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

ASCL comment on reintroduction of face coverings in classrooms

02 January 2022

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton comments on the government’s decision to recommend that face coverings are worn in classrooms for students in Year 7 and above in light of the Omicron variant surge.

  • Post-16
  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Secondary
  • Risk assessment
  • Face coverings

Unions call for more government support in spring term

01 January 2022

Six trade unions representing the majority of education staff have issued a joint statement prior to the return of schools and colleges for the spring term. The statement is from ASCL, GMB, NAHT, NASUWT, NEU and UNISON.

  • Leadership
  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Government
  • Coronavirus
  • Policy
  • Risk assessment
  • Face coverings
  • DfE

ASCL comment on school attendance figures

14 December 2021

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton comments on the school attendance figures published today by the DfE. 

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

ASCL comment on Ofsted inspection results

13 December 2021

ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton comments on the school inspection results data published today by Ofsted.

  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Coronavirus

ASCL responds to select committee report on children’s mental health 

09 December 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee on children and young people’s mental health.

  • Funding
  • Learning
  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Resources
  • Mental Health
  • Government

ASCL responds to Labour warning over ventilation in schools

09 December 2021

Julie McCulloch, ASCL Director of Policy, comments on Labour’s warning about the government’s failure to put ventilation measures in place in schools.

  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment
  • Carbon dioxide monitors

ASCL comment on the initial teacher training census

02 December 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on DfE statistics on the initial teacher training census for the academic year 2021/22.

  • Employment
  • Pay
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Career Progression
  • Early Career Framework
  • Training

New report shows gender pay gap in schools has worsened over the last decade

01 December 2021

New analysis released today by school leaders’ union NAHT, the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the National Governance Association (NGA) and WomenEd, shows that the pay gap between male and female school leaders has worsened over the last decade.

  • Pay
  • Pensions
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Career Progression
  • STRB
  • STPCD
  • Governors and Trustees
  • Professional Development

ASCL comment on school attendance statistics

30 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders.

  • Health and safety
  • Planning
  • Coronavirus
  • Attendance
  • Risk assessment
  • Vaccination
  • Face coverings

ASCL comment on reopening of Covid workforce fund

30 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the reopening of the Covid workforce fund to provide financial assistance to schools and colleges in covering staff absences.

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Teaching
  • Health and safety
  • Resources
  • Coronavirus

ASCL comment on second Covid vaccine dose for 12 to 15-year-olds

29 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s announcement that children aged 12 to 15 will be invited for a second Covid vaccine dose as part of the response to the new Omicron varian​t.

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

ASCL comment on new measures in response to Omicron variant 

28 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on advice issued to schools and colleges by the Department for Education on new measures in response to the Omicron variant of Covid-19. 

  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment
  • Face coverings

ASCL comment on plans for on-site Covid tests in schools  

26 November 2021

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on a Department for Education email telling secondary schools to prepare to test their pupils on-site on return to school in January.

  • Health and safety
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment
  • DfE

ASCL comment on Teacher Wellbeing Index 2021

25 November 2021

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication of the Teacher Wellbeing Index.

  • Leadership
  • Conditions
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Workload
  • Mental Health

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