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Find the answers to the questions we get asked the most by our members on popular advice topics. 

  • exam news.jpg FAQs on SATs and the pitfalls of administrationEvery year, we receive calls from members who encounter problems during the carrying out of SATs in their schools. This guidance refers to the main issues that members refer to and contact the advice team. 10/03/2020
  • FAQs on SATs and the pitfalls of administration exam news.jpgEvery year, we receive calls from members who encounter problems during the carrying out of SATs in their schools. This guidance refers to the main issues that members refer to and contact the... 10/03/2020
  • Managing sickness absence FAQs Image of wooden blocks with symbols relating to sickness absenceA healthy and fit workforce is essential for the effective operation of any school. We've pulled together some of the key questions that school leaders raise on sickness absence management, and... 27/02/2020
  • Isle of Man industrial action - frequently asked questions industrial action.jpgWe have produced a frequently asked question guide, which we will keep up-to-date during the industrial action period. 04/02/2020
  • Deputy heads and assistant heads: FAQs following the STPCD 2019 staff.jpgA summary of FAQs asked by deputy and assistant heads. 18/10/2019
  • Planning, preparation and assessment time - FAQs calendar planner.jpgThis document provides a definition of and advice on managing your statutory planning, preparation and assessment time. 18/10/2019
  • Cover arrangements - FAQs primary classroom.jpgThis advice explains the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document 2018 (STPCD) directives on providing PPA and other cover arrangements. 18/10/2019
  • Working time/directed time FAQs Ofsted short inspections 389x267A set of questions and answers that explain when teachers and school leaders are expected to work, including directed time, working time and requests to work during the weekend and school holidays. 17/10/2019
  • Dedicated headship time - FAQs work - staff meeting.jpgShould a head teacher receive both dedicated headship time, and leadership and management time? We answer this question and more in our latest guide 09/11/2018
  • GDPR FAQs update GDPR.jpgWe have set out some additional frequently asked questions that are being asked by our members now GDPR is live. 02/10/2018
  • Health and safety FAQs health and safety.jpgWe set out the frequently asked questions school leaders get in contact with us about on this tough topic. 02/10/2018
  • Head teachers' pay FAQs following the STPCD 2019 money.jpgFind the answers to the most popular questions we receive on head teachers' pay. 18/09/2018
  • GDPR some frequently asked questions GDPR.jpgWe have set out the most frequently asked questions in this document, and we'll aim to keep this document updated with additional questions as they arise, details of which will be set out in our... 17/04/2018
  • School Complaints Procedure difficult conversation.jpgIn January 2016 the Department for Education (DfE) published a non-statutory guidance document entitled Best Practice Advice for School Complaints Procedures 2016. This replaces the 'School... 07/11/2017
  • FAQs on excluding pupils from school behaviour.jpgA school leader's guide to safely excluding pupils from your school 12/09/2017
  • Academies and Free Schools FAQs references.jpgOur guidance provides an update on several issues which may affect members, including employment arrangements of staff, accountability measures currently in place and options which members may... 05/06/2017
  • Primary accountability briefing 2016 primary.jpgThis briefing document should be read in conjunction with the Primary Progress FAQs document. 03/01/2017
  • Industrial action FAQs staff.jpgThis is a 'how to' guide for head teachers and other school leaders when faced with the prospect of industrial action. 22/11/2016
  • NUT industrial action parents in school.jpgOur guidance to help school leaders plan and prepare for the event. 21/07/2016
  • Using the cloud: data protection implications for schools primary classroom.jpgUsing the cloud: data protection implications for schools 21/06/2016
  • FAQs about forced academisation and warning notices academy.jpgUnder the Academies Act 2010, the Secretary of State has the power to make an academy order in respect of a maintained school in England in the following circumstances 26/05/2016
  • Management time FAQs difficult conversation.jpgAn explanation of your rights to management time with advice and guidance on how to ensure you receive it. 17/05/2016
  • Regional Schools Commissioners Governance laptop and glasses.jpgEight regions throughout England have been identified to carry out responsibilities delegated by the Secretary of State. These include overseeing academies, free schools, university technical... 02/03/2016
  • Extremism in schools: raising your concerns behaviour.jpgThe Due Diligence and Counter Extremism Group at the DFE have set up a helpline which is now operational: 0207 340 7264. 10/02/2016
  • Ebola advice for schools, colleges, childcare, residential The overall risk of Ebola to the UK remains low. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting Ebola-affected countries. 15/10/2015