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A blog from ATL

The Reading Race

In the last of our blogs on embedding English, we will look at a classroom activity for developing learners’ reading skills and some ways to incorporate differentiation.

How teachers can use learners’ errors to develop their accuracy with language through a classroom activity

In the second of the blogs, we’ll be looking at how teachers can use learners’ errors to develop their accuracy with language through a classroom activity.
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Embedding English: From Classroom to Common Inspection Framework

As part of ATL's Union Learning Fund project, ATL Midlands have organized their first English and maths week. This is the first of three blogs we'll feature this week from Joanne Miles about embedding English.

YoungMinds says make a noise about bullying this anti-bullying week

Lucie Russell, Director of Campaigns and Media at Young Minds explains what you can do to tackle bullying for Anti-Bullying Week 2015.

Training teachers to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia with Stonewall

A few days ago I received three emails from teachers in different schools, all with various issues. One was trying to push the school to tackle homophobic language and was meeting resistance from senior management; another wrote about not being able to be themselves at work because of derogatory comments about their sexuality; the third told me about the complete absence of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) young people in their school.

Don’t tell me I have low expectations

Teachers care passionately about their pupils and strive to close the education achievement gap, but their job becomes more difficult as inequality and poverty levels rise – as they will under Conservative party policies

School improvement is too important not to put parents in the driving seat

Are parents really irrelevant to school improvement? You might think so, given the present behaviour of our political masters, but without them we’re not likely to get the education we want or that our children deserve.

Every childhood is worth fighting for

Everyday our ChildLine volunteers are contacted by children desperate for someone to talk to about the growing pressures in their lives. Sadly they often feel they have nowhere else to turn.

You can’t learn when you are cold, hungry and worried about where you will sleep

In 2014, there were over 3.5 million children living in poverty in the UK. That is 28% of all UK children - or for those of us in education, 9 children in every class of 30.

Developing the expertise of vocational teachers and trainers

How can vocational teachers and trainers (VTTs) develop and their subject and pedagogical expertise? How much CPD goes on ‘under the radar’ as VTTs seek their own ways to maintain their professional connections? Do FE and skills institutions provide enough support to new, experienced and part-time VTTS?