This is my 41st year working in primary education. I took early retirement from a headship eight years ago, but after unexpectedly losing my husband shortly after, I returned to the classroom as a specialist numeracy intervention teacher.
I was one of the first trainees under the School Direct scheme in 2013. During my training, I was lost - we didn’t fit well into the world of initial teacher education, and no one seemed to care. We were guinea pigs. I had an awful start to my NQ year and was on the verge of leaving teaching.
I have always enjoyed teaching and as an active ATL member, I enjoy being able to contribute to the education debate using the benefit of my 30-year experience as a teacher both in the state and the independent sector.
Government appears to have a workload problem. Trying to leave the European Union, along with attempting to make sure that Britain has a strong future outside the EU, seems to be taking up everyone’s time.
In Norfolk, we have started a campaign to force the government to pay for the removal of asbestos in all schools. This is a joint education union campaign and we need your support.
In the next few weeks we expect the Government to publish the consultation on assessment in primary schools that Justine Greening promised back in October.
By the end of March this year, every FE and Sixth Form College in England will have gone through the Area Review process, the aim of which has been to completely restructure skills education provision.
The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has now completed its project to create new standards and assessments for Functional Skills qualifications (FSQs).
When I did my PGCE Every Child Matters was everywhere. But in the intervening years, much damage has been done to pastoral care and support for children
The 30th November saw the first teachers strike since the 2010 Pension strike. ATL, with the Ulster Teachers Union and the Irish National Teachers Organisation balloted members for action in December.