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Dangers of excessive workloads

Shelagh Hirst, ATL president, puts the issue of excessive workloads under the spotlight at TUC Congress 2016.

With so much to deal with in 2016, why debate a return to 1950s education?

So my first week as the new AMiE president – and the first of the new academic year – draws to an end. Glancing through the press this week, it’s clear that there will lots of to talk about over the coming months and I’m hoping you’ll join the debate.

If you don't have time to read our new book on teacher workload, here's a summary

It’s just how it goes: a new book comes out about teacher workload, and you’d love to read it but you haven’t got the time.

Are students with SEND being let down? Our members say they are

ATL recently responded to the Labour Party's review of SEND provision in England, as  part of our work on Conference resolution 43, Are SEND Students Being Let Down?

Why I joined ATL

We asked some of our trainee and NQ members to tell us why they joined ATL. Here's what they said.

How are the SATs expected standards set?

The key stage 2 test results this year look very different to results in previous years. The curriculum being assessed is different, the tests are different and the reporting of results are different. At ATL we thought you might be interested in understanding how the standard was set for each test.

There’s no point in marking for the sake of it

I’ve got members of staff marking from the moment they get up on a Sunday until when they go to bed. These members have families.

Striking is a potent weapon - but one of last resort

I think it is safe to say that teachers and school leaders are very cross with the Government at the moment.

Lesson planning: The good, the bad and the ugly

As a supply teacher, I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to lesson planning. I have been to schools where there is no planning at all, where you are given what amounts to a Post-It note of information, or where there are 10 pages of planning notes for the day. The differences are absolutely ridiculous.

Academisation: lessons from further education

Those interested in how the government’s academies programme might impact the school education system in years to come should take a look at the recent history of the FE sector for some clues.