Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are integral core beliefs at ATL. These beliefs inform everything we do from policy decisions to national campaigns; ATL is committed to representing the diversity of its membership and the students they teach.
Teaching is an intellectual and learning profession, based on a high degree of continually developing general and systematised knowledge.
In July the government announced the 'Review of Post-16 Education and Training' (known as the Area Reviews). The objectives is to achieve 'clear, high quality professional and technical routes to employment, alongside academic routes' and 'better responsiveness to local employer need and economic priorities'.
ATL believes that education should provide students with the tools to meet life's challenges, and help them to make a better world.
Until a few years ago, the emphasis in schools in Northern Ireland, in terms of ICT use, was on acquiring sufficient desktop or laptop computers to enable as many children as possible to be able to access these devices. However, within a relatively short period of time, tablet computers have become much more prevalent.
ATL believes that it's time for the government to go back to the drawing board on primary assessment as a whole.
ATL Cymru demands action to combat the effects of poverty on children.
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers, representing over 160,000 staff in a variety of educational institutions, believes that its members' working lives are affected as much by education policies as by pay and condition decisions. The government determines what teachers teach, how they teach, and how learning is assessed, which together form the heart of a teacher's everyday working experience.
In September 2014 the SEND Code of Practice came into force.
The Department for Education (DfE) piloted the phonics test in approximately 300 schools in June 2011.