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SATs are critically flawed - ATL

01 May 2017
Primary assessments and the way they are used to hold schools to account are critically flawed and our children deserve better, says Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

ATL comment on HEPI report of teacher training

27 April 2017
Commenting on the Higher Education Policy Institute’s (HEPI) report ‘Whither Teacher Education and Training?’, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:

ATL comment on PAC report on capital funding for schools

26 April 2017
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “The PAC report is a devastating critique of the Government's failure to provide sufficient school places for a rapidly growing pupil population.

It cannot be right to label children failures at age 11 - ATL

13 April 2017
How can a Government that says it cares about social justice be willing to label children failures at age 11? asks Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) general secretary, Dr Mary Bousted.

Speech by Shelagh Hirst, ATL president, Annual Conference in Liverpool 2017

11 April 2017
Shelagh Hirst spoke during the third session of Conference on Tuesday 11 April.

Education staff worried about reporting child abuse & FGM – ATL Survey

11 April 2017
More than a quarter of education staff (28.8%) are worried they could be perceived as prejudiced or racist if they report concerns about honour-based abuse and child abuse linked to faith and belief, according to an Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) survey.

Pupils subjected to hate crime and speech while at school - ATL poll

10 April 2017
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Schools having to prioritise cost-cutting over quality of children’s education - finds ATL/NUT survey

10 April 2017
Funding pressures are already biting in schools in England, affecting the quality of children’s education, and parents are being asked to make up the shortfall according to a joint survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and National Union of Teachers (NUT).

Apprenticeship levy will push more school budgets to breaking point, warn education unions

06 April 2017
From today thousands of schools across the country will start to pay into the apprenticeship levy. The compulsory payment will have to be paid by most schools, with only small stand-alone academies exempt.

ATL Cymru National Education Workforce Survey

05 April 2017
The results of the National Education Workforce Survey, carried out by the Education Workforce Council on behalf of the Welsh Government, have been published today.