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?
There’s so much that’s not cool at the moment in teaching. A lot in education revolves around numbers and data, which creates a lot of work and drives creativity out.
Last week, education secretary Nicky Morgan appeared before the Education Select Committee to defend some of the controversial proposals in the white paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere.
As the devolved political mandate 2011-16 comes to a close, what has been achieved? Overall, the Assembly passed 67 pieces of legislation and 5 private members bills, few of them notable, and survived several existential challenges.
Last Monday ATL welcomed School’s Minister Nick Gibb to our annual conference. He agreed to take part in a question and answer session with Gerard Kelly.