Speak out!

A blog from ATL
Asbestos

Take action to remove asbestos from our schools

In Norfolk, we have started a campaign to force the government to pay for the removal of asbestos in all schools. This is a joint education union campaign and we need your support.

We spoke and the government listened

By the end of March this year, every FE and Sixth Form College in England will have gone through the Area Review process, the aim of which has been to completely restructure skills education provision.
Protesting lady

The Northern Ireland teachers pay strike: money or choice?

The 30th November saw the first teachers strike since the 2010 Pension strike. ATL, with the Ulster Teachers Union and the Irish National Teachers Organisation balloted members for action in December.

What’s happening to Functional Skills?

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has now completed its project to create new standards and assessments for Functional Skills qualifications (FSQs).

Is pastoral care damaged beyond repair?

When I did my PGCE Every Child Matters was everywhere. But in the intervening years, much damage has been done to pastoral care and support for children
Broken pencil and test sheet

PISA – what’s the point?

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-olds. But are the results meaningful?
Storm clouds

FE can expect another year of tumult and stress

There’s no doubt that teachers, lecturers, support staff and principals in FE colleges would welcome a period of respite, but there will be no let-up in 2017.
Payslip with money

The future of teachers’ pay in Wales

In the run up to the Assembly elections in May, there was much talk by the First Minister and others of the need to devolve teachers’ pay and conditions to Wales.

A happy New Year for primary assessment?

This time twelve months ago, then Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan decided to mark the New Year by announcing a new primary assessment: the multiplication check.
Workload charter

New agreement could slash teacher workload

If we don’t do something about teacher workload, we’re not going to have enough good teachers and teaching assistants in Nottingham City.