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ATL comment on Education Select Committee report into multi-academy trusts (MATs)

28 February 2017
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “The Government must heed the Select Committee’s warnings. Too many MATs have grown too quickly and have proved themselves unable to provide effective and timely support to their schools. The Department for Education’s (DfE’s) own research shows that over half the MATs under, or seriously underperform at GCSE level.

ATL comment on the Institute for Fiscal Studies - Long-run comparisons of spending per pupil across different stages of education

27 February 2017
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “The 14% cut in school spending identified by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) is happening at a time of unprecedented change in our schools. 

ATL comment on the Social Mobility Commission research report

27 February 2017
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “This deeply upsetting Social Mobility Commission research shows that the Government continues to fail large numbers of children by ignoring the effect of poverty on their educational attainment.

DfE’s long-awaited workload report shows us nothing new - ATL

24 February 2017
ATL general secretary Dr Mary Bousted says the DfE workload report only shows us what we already know - and the government needs to do more to accept responsibility.

New teachers already demotivated about teaching at the start of their careers

23 February 2017
Three-quarters of trainee and student and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) say they have already considered leaving the teaching profession, according to a survey by ATL.

ATL comment on House of Commons Education Committee report on teacher shortages

21 February 2017
Commenting on a report by the House of Commons Education Committee published today (Tuesday 21 February), Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “ATL welcomes this report, showing that it’s listened to the voice of those in our profession.  

ATL comment on Education Select Committee report on the Government’s case for new grammar schools

14 February 2017
Commenting on the Education Select Committee’s report on the Government’s case for creating new grammar schools, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “The Government has failed to provide evidence that more selection in schools will improve education for all children and not harm the majority.

ATL survey finds support staff increasingly having to teach lessons

13 February 2017
Increased numbers of support staff are having to teach lessons, according to a survey of almost 1,000 support staff members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

ATL/NUT survey shows that teachers reject the PRP system that is holding down their pay

10 February 2017
More teachers are being denied a pay rise due to the Government’s performance related pay (PRP) system, according to a joint survey by the NUT and ATL teacher unions published today, making it even harder for schools to recruit teachers.

ATL comment on colleges referring students with mental health issues to A&E

07 February 2017
Commenting on research by the Association of Colleges (AoC), Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: