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ATL Cymru and NUT respond to missed opportunity of supply taskforce report

06 February 2017
Two of Wales’ largest teaching unions have criticised the Welsh Government’s supply taskforce as a missed opportunity for the profession in Wales.

ATL Cymru: school categorisation results published today

06 February 2017
Rachel Curley, Acting Director ATL Cymru, said "ATL Cymru welcomes the progress made by schools with results showing more schools in the green category and fewer in the red category."

ATL calls for sex and relationship education to be made compulsory

27 January 2017
Commenting on the report on the inspection of sex and relationship education, by the British Humanist Association - Healthy, Happy, Safe? An investigation into how PSHE and SRE are inspected in English schools, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:

ATL comment on overseas teachers and the report from the Migration Advisory Committee

27 January 2017
Commenting on the report by the Migratory Advisory Committee, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:

ATL members vote to ballot on forming new union with NUT

24 January 2017
Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ (ATL) members have today (Saturday) voted for ATL members to be balloted about forming a new union with the National Union of Teachers (NUT) with more than 450,000 members.

ATL comment on secondary school performance tables

19 January 2017
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “Parents and schools should treat these performance measures with caution. The Attainment 8, Progress 8 and EBacc headline measures only paint part of the picture of how schools are performing.

ATL comment on Government plans to transform mental health support in schools

09 January 2017
Commenting on Government plans to transform mental health support in schools, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) said: “It is good that the Government has recognised the extent of the mental health issues affecting children and adults and is planning to do something about it.

Joint statement to the school teachers’ review body

06 January 2017
Joint statement from: Association of School and College Leaders, Association of Teachers and Lecturers, National Association of Head Teachers, National Union of Teachers, Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru and ​Voice.

ATL comment on State Pension Age (SPA) Review consultation response

03 January 2017
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “In responding to the Interim Report of John Cridland’s State Pension Review and consultation, ATL asks the Government to break the link between the State Pension Age (SPA) and the Teachers’ Pension Scheme Normal Pension Age (NPA).

School funding cuts worse than predicted. JAMs hit hardest as school budgets plummet - ATL & NUT Joint Release

03 January 2017
The cuts to funding for schools in England will be worse than expected and hit hardest the children in families that are ‘just about managing’, according to the NUT and ATL.