At a glance headlines: March 26, 2015


Plans for Master's-level professional leadership courses, funding for governor recruitment support and a guide to A level reform are among SecEd's At a glance headlines for March 26, 2015.

Master plan

The University of Leicester has joined forces with the Association of School and College Leaders to offer Master’s-level professional courses. The programmes are to be developed and delivered jointly for school business leaders, middle leaders and system leaders in charge of networks of schools. 

ASCL general secretary Brian Lightman said: “The programmes will enhance and enrich our existing provision and best support the leaders of today and in the future. Master’s accreditation enables those who take part in our leadership programmes to achieve value-added qualifications which recognise their expertise and engagement. High-quality professional development is a crucial element in raising standards and creating a world-class education system.”

Professor Glenn Fulcher, director of the University of Leicester’s School of Education, added: “This new partnership will provide opportunities for both institutions to further support and develop successful leadership in education. This is an example of collaborative provision at its best, and will have wide impact on educational quality in the country’s schools and colleges.”

Governor support

An online tool to help recruit and place high-quality school governors is planned as part of a £1 million investment. The Department for Education has given funding worth £730,000 to SGOSS – Governors for Schools covering 2015/16, while the Education and Employers Taskforce is to receive £280,000. A partnership between the two organisations will see the development of an online tool to help schools search for suitable volunteers. The funding will also help to develop bespoke support to schools that find it the hardest to recruit experienced governors. Visit:

NEET figures

The proportion of 16 to 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) has fallen 0.6 per cent to 4.7 per cent during 2014 – or 161,160 young people. The latest figures still show marked regional differences, with the highest NEET percentage figure being in the North East, where seven per cent are NEET (6,210 young people), and the lowest being in London (3.4 per cent or 8,670). Among the worst local authority areas are Stockton-on-Tees (nine per cent), Redcar and Cleveland (8.4 per cent), Liverpool (8.2 per cent), and Reading (8.1 per cent).

A level reform guide

A guide has been produced to help school leaders implement reforms to A levels, including the decoupling of AS qualifications. It is designed to help schools and colleges decide how to implement the changes for 2015 and develop their plans for subsequent years. The document includes a number of case studies that illustrate the different approaches available. It has been published jointly by the NAHT, ASCL, Association of Colleges, Ofqual, and the Department for Education. Visit:


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