In the last ASCL membership survey, you told us that you wanted to know more about how we are working to influence national education policy. Expand
In the last ASCL membership survey, you told us that you wanted to know more about how we are working to influence national education policy. Therefore, from now on we will provide regular updates of meetings and lobbying activity.
Here are the highlights of whom ASCL has met with over the last few weeks:
Labour Party call for parent power
Following the unfortunate headlines in the media about the Labour Party’s call for more powers for parents, ahead of a major speech by Ed Miliband, Brian Lightman was in immediate contact with the office of Tristram Hunt MP to express ASCL’s concerns and met with Mr Hunt’s policy adviser in the afternoon. Although the actual message had been distorted in the headlines, Brian strongly emphasised the need for any political party seeking election to demonstrate its willingness and ability to work with and not against the teaching profession.
Post-16 performance tables
ASCL officers met with officials from the DfE to discuss the proposed content of the 16–19 performance tables for 2016. A number of suggestions were made about the proposed five top-line measures, including that GCSE maths and English attainment is referenced to students starting with a grade ‘D’. This would then be consistent with Education Funding Agency (EFA) guidance.
Youth Sport Trust Annual Conference
ASCL Deputy General Secretary, Malcolm Trobe, spoke about the challenges for secondary school leaders on the same platform as Ofsted’s Director of Schools Mike Cladingbowl at the annual conference of the Youth Sport Trust.
Brian Lightman and Malcolm Trobe met with Glenys Stacey, Ofqual’s Chief Executive, and Jeremy Benson, Director of Policy at Ofqual, at ASCL headquarters to discuss progress across a range of qualifications issues.
Brian Lightman, Malcolm Trobe and ASCL Director of Policy, Leora Cruddas, met with David Laws in his capacity as the Liberal Democrat MP leading his party’s education policy for the election. They discussed ASCL’s manifesto priorities for 2015 and how these align with Liberal Democrat policy. As part of ASCL’s election strategy, officers are meeting with senior education figures across the three main political parties.
School leadership policy
Malcolm and Leora met the head of the DfE’s School Leadership Unit to follow up the successful round table on school leadership with David Laws before Christmas. ASCL’s Professional Committee prepared a position paper at Council in February on key issues of leadership policy. This will aim to influence DfE policy on headteacher supply, professional development, middle leadership and schools in challenging circumstances. The DfE and the minister have indicated their intention to work with us in developing leadership policy.
Malcolm and Colleges Specialist Stephan Jungnitz met with David Russell, the newly appointed Chief Executive of the Education and Training Foundation, to discuss the work of the foundation and to raise a number of issues concerning our college members.Collapse