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Forthcoming advice in the 2016 autumn term and beyond

We know, here at NAHT in the advice centre, that school leaders need reliable information, advice and guidance on a wide range of areas, to enable them to do their jobs effectively. 

There’s still a great deal of uncertainty out there for school leaders – the developing White Paper; the move towards multiple-school model structures and academisation; the recent SATs fiasco and the fragmentation of assessment; funding for schools and how you manage surpluses and deficits effectively; teachers’ pay and conditions; the impact on the ability of school leaders to recruit and retain good staff; dealing effectively with industrial action, and the continuous welfare and well-being of children in your care.

Added to this is a refreshed government who have yet to set out any fundamental changes to their education strategy, a new Secretary of State, the third in as many years, and a new team at the DfE.

In September, it all begins again! As well as running a school, school leaders will have some fundamental priorities to deal with - a new cohort of children to get settled and managing the impact of progress measures. Of course, staff appraisal and pay are just around the corner.

With all of this in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to give you a sense of what’s coming in the autumn term to support you and your leadership teams: 

  • ‘Unpacking academisation’ – this will be an information, advice and guidance paper that will help steer you through the academisation process and timelines, and perhaps more importantly, set the questions that you need to ask and that may be asked of you, the benefits to be derived from the process, what you lose from it and how to take control and manage the process effectively.
  • Assessment – a round-up of the recent SATs outcomes and how the ‘progress measures’ can add more sense to the overall picture. 
  • Pupil Well-being – this is a growing area of demand, commensurate with the widespread use of social media and of the newly-informed awareness of pupil welfare in the teaching profession and the development and improvement of multi-agency practice. We’ll be touching on child neglect and abuse, bullying and cyber-bullying and other social media trends, sexting in particular.
  • Prevent Campaign – a round-up of recent events and additional guidance to safeguard the well-being of children in your care. Whilst the genesis of this campaign was to safeguard children against the dangers of radicalisation, it has since taken on a broader meaning of practices that can harm children (e.g. FGM). 
  • Pensions – we will be publishing a fresh set of information and guidance documents around the three teachers’ pension schemes (TPS) as well as a piece on the LGPS (Local Government Pension Scheme) for non-TPS members.
  • Staying on the right side of the law – this will be a ‘bitesize’ paper for members with summaries of those pieces of legislation that could do with demystifying, so over the autumn term, we’ll be summarising Data Protection; Disqualification by Association; Equality; Freedom of Information; as well as setting out all statutory school policies (in other words, all the areas of activity in which schools must have a policy). 
  • Model Policies – we’ll be setting out a ‘Model Policy’ summary paper so that you’re made aware of what model policies we do have at your disposal and others that will be coming over time.
  • Others – of course, we’ll not be neglecting some of the equally important day-to-day matters such as parental complaints, admissions and exclusions, safeguarding, health and safety and human resources – these areas continue developing but are largely unchanged.
  • In future – we’ll be producing ‘termly’ taster papers and hope that you will find them useful. Your feedback is welcome and of course if you need support, please contact the advice centre on 0300 30 30 333, option 1. Alternatively, you can email your question or enquiry to specialistadvice@naht.org.uk – we look forward to hearing from you.


Page Published: 02/08/2016