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.
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?
We asked some of our trainee and NQ members to tell us why they joined ATL. Here's what they said.
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.
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.
I think it is safe to say that teachers and school leaders are very cross with the Government at the moment.
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.
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.
In my school the senior leadership team (SLT) has done a lot to address workload. At the end of last year, around the time teacher workload was highlighted in the media, our SLT consulted staff on how workload could be reduce
I think we can say that assessment in primary schools is broken. Many words have been written - including by ATL - about what’s gone wrong this year. The question remains, what do we want instead?