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PISA – what’s the point?

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-olds. But are the results meaningful?

FE can expect another year of tumult and stress

There’s no doubt that teachers, lecturers, support staff and principals in FE colleges would welcome a period of respite, but there will be no let-up in 2017.

A happy New Year for primary assessment?

This time twelve months ago, then Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan decided to mark the New Year by announcing a new primary assessment: the multiplication check.

The future of teachers’ pay in Wales

In the run up to the Assembly elections in May, there was much talk by the First Minister and others of the need to devolve teachers’ pay and conditions to Wales.

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.