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

14 October 2019

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

ASCL comment on teacher workload survey

11 October 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the teacher workload survey.

ASCL comment on unexplained pupil exits

11 October 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Policy Institute’s report on unexplained pupil exits from English schools.  

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

30 September 2019

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

ASCL comment on Labour plans to abolish Ofsted

23 September 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on Labour’s plans to abolish Ofsted if elected.

ASCL comment on IFS education funding report

19 September 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on the government’s recent education funding announcements

ASCL comment on UCL teacher workload study

18 September 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), comments on the UCL study on teacher workload

Education unions write to Gavin Williamson about teacher pay

13 September 2019

Despite the serious and deepening teacher recruitment and retention problems, acknowledged by the STRB, the Government proposes an increase of only 2.75% in teacher pay in England from September.  Nothing in recent Spending Review announcements changes this. The increase is below the current rate of RPI inflation and below the rate of pay increases in the wider economy.  The Government has not even provided the funding needed for this inadequate increase.    

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ASCL comment on Education Secretary’s call over unconditional offers

12 September 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson’s address to the Universities UK conference about unconditional offers

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ASCL comment on SEND report

11 September 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the National Audit Office report on support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in England

Forgotten Third Commission recommends scrapping GCSE English Language

11 September 2019

GCSE English Language should be replaced with a new qualification called a Passport in English in order to end the misery of an exam system which condemns more than a third of 16-year-olds to a sense of failure every year, according to a Commission of Inquiry established by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

ASCL comment on report into exam malpractice

10 September 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the commission into examination malpractice

ASCL comment on spending round: the job is not done on education funding

04 September 2019

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

ASCL comment on teacher pay announcement

02 September 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the government’s announcement of plans to increase starting salaries for teachers

ASCL comment on 16-19 funding announcement

31 August 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to today’s announcement on additional funding for 16-19 education

ASCL response to Prime Minister’s schools funding announcement

30 August 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Prime Minister’s announcement today about additional funding for schools in England

ASCL comment on leaked plans for schools

28 August 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on reports in The Guardian about a briefing paper detailing policy proposals for schools in England

ASCL comment on GCSE results

22 August 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on today’s GCSE results

ASCL Cymru comment on GCSE results in Wales

22 August 2019

Eithne Hughes, incoming director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, omments on GCSE results in Wales

ASCL Northern Ireland comment on GCSE results

22 August 2019

Robert Wilson, regional officer for the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Northern Ireland, comments on today’s GCSE results

Struggling students are ‘completely demoralised’ by tough new GCSEs

21 August 2019

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

ASCL comment on changes to BTEC Tech Award grade boundaries

19 August 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on changes to the points required for grades in BTEC Tech Award qualifications

ASCL comment on A-level results 2019

15 August 2019

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

ASCL Cymru comment on A level results 2019

15 August 2019

Eithne Hughes, incoming director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru comments on today’s A level results

Review urged as A-level entries in English plummet

14 August 2019

ASCL leader Geoff Barton today warned that urgent action is needed to address an alarming decline in the take-up of A-level English.

ASCL response to Labour plans on university admissions

13 August 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Labour’s plans to reform higher education admissions by implementing a new system of post-qualification admissions

ASCL response to EPI report on disadvantage gap

30 July 2019

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Education Policy Institute (EPI) report about the education disadvantage gap

ASCL's priorities for the new Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Education

25 July 2019

The Association of School and College Leaders has today written to the new Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Education setting out ten priorities for education.

ASCL comment on new Education Secretary

24 July 2019

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

ASCL comment on Boris Johnson

23 July 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Boris Johnson’s victory in the Conservative Party leadership contest

ASCL Cymru response on teachers’ pay announcement

22 July 2019

Tim Pratt, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the Welsh government’s announcement on teachers’ pay

ASCL comment on teachers’ pay announcement

22 July 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the government’s announcement about teachers’ pay

ASCL comment on Education Committee funding report

19 July 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report by the House of Commons Education Committee on school and college funding

ASCL comment on teacher pay award

19 July 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on a report in The Times that teachers are in line for a pay rise of 2.75%

ASCL comment on skills tests

16 July 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on a written statement by Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards, about plans to scrap the existing skills tests for trainee teachers

ASCL comment on Ofsted’s call to inspect MATs

15 July 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Ofsted’s call for the power to inspect multi-academy trusts

Coalition unveils long-term funding plan to reverse education cuts

15 July 2019

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

ASCL comment on university applications

11 July 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on analysis of undergraduate applications published by UCAS

ASCL comment on Sutton Trust recruitment gap report

10 July 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Sutton Trust report ‘The Recruitment Gap: Attracting teachers to schools serving disadvantaged communities’

ASCL comment on SATs results

09 July 2019

Tiffnie Harris, primary specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders comments on this morning’s publication of Key Stage 2 SATs results

ASCL comment on language trends survey

03 July 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the British Council Language Trends Survey 2019

ASCL response to Mind survey

02 July 2019

Anna Cole, parliamentary and inclusion specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Mind’s survey of 11-19 year olds about mental health

Retention rates worsen for new teachers

27 June 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on teacher retention rates published today by the Department for Education

Nearly 120,000 more secondary pupils in large classes

27 June 2019

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

ASCL comment on ‘Elitist Britain’

25 June 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on ‘Elitist Britain 2019’, the new report by the Sutton Trust and the Social Mobility Commission

ASCL comment on TALIS report

19 June 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the OECD’s Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS)

ASCL comment on school place offers

13 June 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on statistics published today about applications and offers for school places

Ending BTECs could lead to students dropping out of education

10 June 2019

Scrapping BTECs risks leading to more young people dropping out of education, the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) warned today.

ASCL response to letter on school food

07 June 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the letter on school food from Nadhim Zahawi, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families

ASCL sets out vital education issues to Conservative leadership candidates

05 June 2019

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has today written to the 11 Conservative MPs who have declared their intention to stand in the party’s leadership contest to set out the priorities for education.

ASCL comment on Labour’s plan for climate change education

23 May 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to Labour’s announcement on climate change education

ASCL responds to new inspection plans

14 May 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Ofsted’s new inspection plans from September 2019

ASCL response to EPI report on sixth form and college funding

13 May 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the Education Policy Institute (EPI) about the decline in sixth form and college funding

ASCL response to Timpson review of school exclusion

07 May 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Timpson Review of School Exclusion

ASCL comment on Social Mobility Commission report

30 April 2019

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

ASCL Cymru comment on draft curriculum for Wales

30 April 2019

Tim Pratt, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the publication of the new draft curriculum for Wales

ASCL response to Sutton Trust survey on school cuts

18 April 2019

Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary, responds to a survey by the Sutton Trust on how budget cuts are affecting schools

ASCL response to EPI report on unexplained pupil exits

18 April 2019

Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary, comments on the report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) on unexplained pupil exits from English schools

ASCL response to Labour's plan to scrap SATs

16 April 2019

Julie McCulloch, ASCL Director of Policy, comments on Labour's plan to scrap primary school SATs

ASCL response to EPI report on school appeals

11 April 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to a report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) about the school appeals and waiting list system in England

Don’t blame schools for knife crime: Letter to Robert Halfon MP

11 April 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, has written today to Robert Halfon MP, chair of the House of Commons Education Committee, following a letter from Mr Halfon to the Secretary of State for Education over the committee’s inquiry into knife crime and school exclusions.

ASCL welcomes funding for teachers' pension scheme

10 April 2019

Julia Harnden, ASCL Funding Specialist, responds to the announcement today by the DfE over the teachers' pension scheme

Ofsted plan is a step in the right direction

05 April 2019

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has today submitted its formal response to Ofsted’s consultation on plans to reform inspections from September.

ASCL response to IPPR North report on SEND cuts

04 April 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report by IPPR North over funding for special educational needs

ASCL comment on knife crime proposals

01 April 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to reports that teachers could be held accountable for preventing knife crime and serious violence under proposals from the Home Office

Scrapping popular qualification would be reckless

27 March 2019

As associations representing many post-16 institutions and leaders, we wish to bring to public attention the threat to a qualification which is taken by more than 200,000 students each year and allows many young people to enter university.

ASCL General Secretary warns GCSE system rubs the noses of pupils in disappointment

16 March 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), will today warn about the negative impact of the GCSE system on thousands of pupils saying: “Why do we insist in rubbing their noses in disappointment?”

Schools need an extra £5.7 billion to deliver basic expectation

15 March 2019

School funding must be increased by £5.7 billion to give every child the education that society expects and children deserve, according to analysis by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

ASCL survey reveals rising tide of pupil poverty

15 March 2019

Hundreds of secondary schools in England and Wales have reported a rising tide of pupil poverty in a survey conducted by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

Commission questions whether English Language GCSE is fit for purpose

15 March 2019

A Commission of Enquiry into the ‘Forgotten Third’ of pupils who fail to achieve at least a Grade 4 ‘standard pass’ in GCSE English and maths has questioned whether the current English Language qualification is fit for purpose.

School Cuts Coalition joint statement: Chancellor's spring statement must address school funding crisis

13 March 2019

In a joint statement, organisations representing the overwhelming majority of headteachers and teachers in England have provided six simple tests for the government on school and college funding ahead of the Chancellor's spring statement.

ASCL response to the spring statement

13 March 2019

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

New RSE guidance is in the best interests of children

25 February 2019

Anna Cole, Parliamentary and Inclusion Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to plans to introduce compulsory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in schools

ASCL response to APPG report on social mobility

21 February 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on social mobility

Joint statement: Unions urge review body to ignore government's suggested pay cap for teachers

20 February 2019

Organisations representing the overwhelming majority of teachers and school leaders in England have written to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) urging it to ignore pressure from the government to cap the teachers’ pay award at 2%. The unions are calling on the STRB to recommend a fully-funded 5% pay increase in September 2019.

ASCL Cymru spells out scale of funding crisis to Education Minister

12 February 2019

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, which represents more than 650 school leaders in Wales, has sent an open letter to Minister for Education Kirsty Williams about the scale and severity of the school funding crisis in Wales. This is an unusual step and reflects the strength of feeling among school leaders about this critical issue.

Education Secretary’s evidence on teachers’ pay is extremely disappointing

31 January 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Secretary’s evidence to the School Teachers’ Review Body about the 2019 pay award for teachers and school leaders

Teachers' Pay: Joint Union Call for 5% Increase

28 January 2019

Organisations representing the overwhelming majority of teachers and school leaders in England have urged the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) to recommend a significant pay increase for all teachers and school leaders.

New report will help school and college leaders navigate the educational moral maze

25 January 2019

School and college leaders, governors and trustees will be helped to navigate the educational moral maze through a new set of principles developed by a commission on ethical leadership which delivers its final report today.

Secondary school performance tables are inherently flawed

24 January 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication today of the secondary school performance tables

ASCL response to PAC report on academy accounts

23 January 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee ‘Academy accounts and performance’

ASCL Cymru response to EPI report on pupil performance in England and Wales

21 January 2019

Tim Pratt, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on analysis by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) comparing the performance of pupils in England and Wales

School Cuts Coalition stands by figures challenged by Deputy Chair of Conservative Party

18 January 2019

The School Cuts Coalition stands by figures appearing on the School Cuts website, following a complaint to the UK Statistics Authority by James Cleverly, Deputy Chair of the Conservative Party.

ASCL response to Ofsted’s new inspection framework

16 January 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Ofsted’s new draft inspection framework

EPI report shows schools have hit financial cliff edge

11 January 2019

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Policy Institute (EPI) report ‘School revenue balances in England’

ASCL response to PAC report on mental health services for children

11 January 2019

Anna Cole, ASCL Parliamentary and Inclusion Specialist, responds to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report 'Mental health services for children and young people'