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A blog from ATL

Why I joined ATL

We asked some of our trainee and NQ members to tell us why they joined ATL. Here's what they said.

Disrespectful baseline steals children's creative and imaginative expression

In all the arguments about whether or not reception baseline assessment is accurate or not, what is not discussed is that it is deeply disrespectful to young children and their families and their teachers.

Replacing QTS with accreditation will be a disaster

Bolstered by the National Audit Office and Public Accounts Committee, the voices of the sector have finally been heard by government, which has finally acknowledged the teacher recruitment and retention crisis.
Teacher alone in empty school

Ending QTS will damage morale

If you were following the coverage of TUC Congress earlier this week, you could be forgiven for thinking only one education issue was on the agenda: grammar schools.

Education for some, disruption for all

Ralph Surman, ATL's National Officer for Policy, examines some of the issues raised from the ATL fringe at TUC2016 in Brighton.

Dangers of excessive workloads

Shelagh Hirst, ATL president, puts the issue of excessive workloads under the spotlight at TUC Congress 2016.

With so much to deal with in 2016, why debate a return to 1950s education?

So my first week as the new AMiE president – and the first of the new academic year – draws to an end. Glancing through the press this week, it’s clear that there will lots of to talk about over the coming months and I’m hoping you’ll join the debate.
Cover image from ATL's workload book

If you don't have time to read our new book on teacher workload, here's a summary

It’s just how it goes: a new book comes out about teacher workload, and you’d love to read it but you haven’t got the time.

Are students with SEND being let down? Our members say they are

ATL recently responded to the Labour Party's review of SEND provision in England, as  part of our work on Conference resolution 43, Are SEND Students Being Let Down?

There’s no point in marking for the sake of it

I’ve got members of staff marking from the moment they get up on a Sunday until when they go to bed. These members have families.