Press Releases

This is an archive of press releases from ATL's media office.

NEU press releases are here.

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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:

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: