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FE in Wales: we keep rolling with the punches

The ever-changing landscape of Further Education keeps everyone who works in the sector on their toes, argues ATL Cymru President Lesley Tipping.

Will area reviews fix the skills gap?

The government recently published guidance for the Review of Post-16 Education and Training - known as the area reviews. At 60 pages long, and with more detail to follow, this document indicates the complexity of reconfiguring the post-16 sector.

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.

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.

Striking is a potent weapon - but one of last resort

I think it is safe to say that teachers and school leaders are very cross with the Government at the moment.

The 2011-16 political mandate: how did they do?

As the devolved political mandate 2011-16 comes to a close, what has been achieved? Overall, the Assembly passed 67 pieces of legislation and 5 private members bills, few of them notable, and survived several existential challenges.

This budget does nothing to make it easier to trust government on education

In a weakening global economy, people will rightly ask how the British government is providing opportunity for them. A high quality education system benefits everyone.

We have collectively chosen to drive the car towards an increasingly unequal society

James Meadway, Chief Economist at the New Economics Foundation gives us his thoughts ahead of Tuesday's TUC fringe 'Will the current education system deliver skills for the workforce of the future?

Academies are the government's childlike solution - to everything

Laura McInerney, editor of Schools Week,  gives us her take on the first 100 days of a Conservative government.

Stop turning every wild idea into policy

Nansi Ellis, ATL assistant general secretary (policy),  gives us her take on the first 100 days of a Conservative government.