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FE in Wales: we keep rolling with the punches

The ever-changing landscape of Further Education keeps everyone who works in the sector on their toes, argues ATL Cymru President Lesley Tipping.

Teacher apprenticeships – a solution or threat?

As anyone currently struggling to hold school or household budgets together knows, money talks; key to whether bills can be paid, resources invested in, demands met.

Are SEND students being let down?

This question was asked at ATL conference in 2016. As the results of our SEND survey show, clearly there is still a long way to go in making sure pupils with SEND get the support that they need to thrive.

If you want to attract and retain teachers be more human and less corporate

Teachers are becoming gold dust, partly because there isn’t enough gold dust sprinkled into their pay packets to reward them for the job they do and the hours they work. 

Together, we will work to have a stronger voice for education

At a special conference on the 5 November this year, ATL delegates voted to ballot ATL members in the new year, about the creation of a new union, the National Education Union (NEU). NUT delegates made the same decision, on the same day.

New agreement could slash teacher workload

If we don’t do something about teacher workload, we’re not going to have enough good teachers and teaching assistants in Nottingham City.

Is your school ready for the apprenticeship levy?

This blogpost marks the first in a series examining the impact of the government’s apprenticeship reforms on the education sector, and discussing ways in which schools and colleges can respond.

Replacing QTS with accreditation will be a disaster

Bolstered by the National Audit Office and Public Accounts Committee, the voices of the sector have finally been heard by government, which has finally acknowledged the teacher recruitment and retention crisis.

Ending QTS will damage morale

If you were following the coverage of TUC Congress earlier this week, you could be forgiven for thinking only one education issue was on the agenda: grammar schools.

Education for some, disruption for all

Ralph Surman, ATL's National Officer for Policy, examines some of the issues raised from the ATL fringe at TUC2016 in Brighton.