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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.

ATL comment on key stage 2 SATs results

15 December 2016
Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary for policy at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:   “Schools must not be judged on this year’s SATs results which were totally unreliable and were the culmination of a chaotic mess of badly implemented and badly designed tests.

Government funding formula fails to fund schools adequately - ATL

14 December 2016
The Government’s unfair funding formula fails to provide adequate funding for schools, says the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

ATL comment on National Audit Office report on financial sustainability of schools

14 December 2016
Adrian Prandle, Director of Economic Strategy and Negotiations at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:

Wales professional learning passport

12 December 2016
The Education Workforce Council  has introduced a Professional Learning Passport for education professionals in Wales.