March 2014

The know zone

  • Do the right thing
    Four recommendations in the recent report on whistleblowing by charity Public Concern at Work are particularly significant for schools and colleges, says Richard Bird. More
  • Save and prosper
    In tough times, ‘resourceful resourcing’ comes into its own. Val Andrew offers business managers a guide. More
  • Fresh look for inspections
    Suzanne O’Farrell examines the implications of changes to Ofsted’s subsidiary guidance and handbook and looks ahead to the new framework scheduled for September. More
  • Post-16 committee
    The focus in this Leader is on ASCL Council’s Post-16 Committee, which has a wide-ranging remit that includes all aspects of post-16 education in schools and colleges. More
  • Great aspirations
    Kathryn Podmore is Principal of Birkenhead Sixth Form College, an active member of several education bodies and chair of ASCL Council’s Post-16 committee. More
  • Ensuring complete representation
    From time to time ASCL Council co-opts members from groups that are under-represented to ensure that the views of all types of members are taken into consideration when debating policy. More
  • ASCL PD events
    Whole School Leadership of Teaching and Learning, Student Voice Beyond Student Councils, and Strategic Behavioural Management that Works More
  • Analyse this...
    What systems, processes and people do you need to help your staff develop their skills and their careers? Sue Bull and Vicky Bishop explain. More
  • Virtually University
    Virtually University (VU) links schools and colleges with universities via videoconferencing to help inform and inspire students with their HE choices More
  • Adding value
    Walk your way to improved health More
  • Poisoned chalice?
    Schools Minister David Laws recently announced a new programme to encourage ‘outstanding’ heads and school leaders to move into schools in challenging circumstances. Would you be willing to take on the challenge? Here, ASCL members share their views. More
  • Leaders' surgery
    The antidote to common leadership conundrums... More
  • Take Care?
    No matter the intention, what you call it or how you present it to students, Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCH More
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ASCL PD events

Whole School Leadership of Teaching and Learning – 8 May (Birmingham)

Aimed at senior or aspiring senior leaders this course will explore their role in raising the quality of teaching and learning across the school. It will address core business – ensuring high quality for all students. It will look at data use, how lessons are observed, Ofsted and National Curriculum (NC) changes, and give a range of practical strategies.


Student Voice Beyond Student Councils – 18 March (Leeds) and 13 May (London)

Suitable for all categories of educational institutions responsible for secondary age students, this course aims to take student voice to the next level. It shows how to embed it throughout the school and ensure everyone’s involvement. It will give inspiration with some of the best, most innovative student voice practice and help you create an action plan.


Strategic Behavioural Management that Works – 27 March (Leeds) and 13 May (London)

Targeted at members of leadership groups, this course gives an insight into one school’s journey of behavioural improvements. It shows strategic planning, the systems introduced and how success is measured. Strategies will be shared, successful and proven behavioural systems will be demonstrated and examples of key policies will be illustrated.