Speak out!

A blog from ATL

Putting an end to period poverty

Fourth Wave: London Feminist Activists tell us about their petition to provide free sanitary protection to all children in all schools and end period poverty.

Funding, workloads and “Our National Mission”

Mary van den Heuvel reflects on the priorities for the Education workforce in “Our National Mission”

Teaching Black History

On the 30th anniversary of Black History Month, ATL member Shakila Said shares her thoughts on the importance of teaching Black history.

A Science curriculum that counts

Every child has the right to a brilliant science education. How can we overcome the challenges undermining the science curriculum?

Retaining and developing the teaching workforce

Two recent reports have ended any hope the government had of pretending there is no recruitment crisis, argues Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union

The government must remove the pay cap for public sector workers

The School Teachers’ Review Body’s latest report has at last been published. The report warns the government that action must be taken on teachers’ pay to help reverse the crisis in teacher recruitment and retention.

More than just the words

It is usually clear to staff in schools that there is a support need to address when a new pupil from overseas experiences a language barrier.  This may be the child’s first experience of being in an English-speaking environment, and there is much to learn in terms of the new language. 

What’s it like to be an LGBT+ student in 2017?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. Since then, legislation may have brought equality in law, but have societal attitudes towards LGBT+ people caught up?

Small gestures, big effects

Ahead of this Saturday's Pride events, ATL member Ian McClary, from Bryanston School, Dorset, shares his experiences as a gay, Christian teacher.

Our young people show courage, not fragility

Generation snowflake is a myth.  It is part of a long, and dishonourable tradition which blames the young for the sins of their elders, insists Mary Bousted, ATL's general secretary.