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Historic step forward: ATL and NUT to form a new union

22 March 2017
Today, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) announced that members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining to form a new union*. The union will be called the National Education Union.

Government is right that a new funding formula for schools is needed, say education unions

22 March 2017
Today (Wednesday 22 March) education unions ATL, NAHT and NUT have written an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May urging her to stick to plans to develop a new national funding formula for schools, and to ensure sufficient funding is provided to invest in education.

ATL comment on ONS report on national suicide rates

17 March 2017
Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary for policy at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “The statistics give a hard edge to the stories we hear time and again from our members - that they are exhausted from the constant stress of never feeling they are on top of their workload and that they feel expected to devote every minute of their lives to their work.

ATL comment on EPI Report of the impact of the National Funding Formula

17 March 2017
Commenting on the Education Policy Institute’s (EPI) report on the impact of the National Funding Formula (NFF), Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:

Schools need more funding, not a revised new funding formula

13 March 2017
Commenting on the letter to the Prime Minister from the f40 group, Association of Teachers and Lecturers general secretary, Dr Mary Bousted, said: “The proposed national funding formula is not the problem causing the crisis in school budgets. The problem we have is that there is just not enough money in the overall funding settlement.

ATL responds to Ofsted reliability report

07 March 2017
Commenting on the Ofsted reliability report, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “Ofsted is to be commended for initiating research into the reliability of its inspection judgements and this report is welcome as a first step.

Government should give all schools sufficient funding, not throw money at a chosen few

07 March 2017
Instead of throwing more money at free schools and grammar schools, more children would benefit if the Government funded all state schools sufficiently, argues the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

ATL ballots members over forming a new union with NUT

03 March 2017
Ballot papers have gone out this week to Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ (ATL) members around the country to vote on forming a new education union with the National Union of Teachers (NUT). Members of the two unions are being asked to cast their vote in separate ballots to decide whether they want to form the largest education union in the UK of more than 450,000 members.

ATL comment on Ministers announcement for compulsory relationship and sex education lessons in secondary schools

01 March 2017
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “We particularly welcome this announcement as we have long called for compulsory relationship and sex education to be taught in our schools.

ATL comment on secondary school places

01 March 2017
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “We hope parents across the country manage to get a secondary school place for their child tomorrow. But with the number of secondary pupils increasing, we fear more children will be disappointed and not get their first choice of school.