ATL believes that all school support staff play a vital role in the education of our children. But all too often, support staff are not viewed this way by other education professionals.
Allegations against other members of staff can be particularly difficult for an individual to report, especially if the member of staff is more senior. However, if you have concerns about how a colleague is behaving towards children you should discuss this with the designated officer.
The following is a summary of the statutory rights of classroom teachers and chartered teachers in the maintained sector in Scotland. Principal teachers, deputy headteachers and headteachers have different entitlements in some areas.
It is well documented that there are many safeguarding issues in schools. There is much debate around the responsibilities of staff to report children they are concerned about and to intervene in inappropriate behaviour.
Please note that these definitions are not necessarily legal definitions.
Every Child Matters, supported by the Children Act 2004, establishes the principle that all children deserve an opportunity to achieve their full potential.
As many as one in five children may at some time need extra help with their education because they have special educational needs (SEN).
Under Information and Consultation Regulations, organisations employing more than 50 staff must put systems in place to allow meaningful dialogue to take place between managers and staff.
From 1 April 2012, those teachers holding Qualified Teacher Learning Status (QTLS) must be recognised as qualified teachers in schools in England. The pay and conditions of QTLS teachers working in English schools must now be subject to the provisions of the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).
Following the government's decision not to endorse them, ATL has decided to publish the new professional standards for teaching assistants created by members of ATL and other unions and education bodies.