Before the general election, over 1,250 ATL members working in state-funded schools in England signed an open letter to the future government to improve the lives of teachers.
Education policy has not been a prominent feature of the election campaign. Political parties have vied for the mantle of NHS saviour and it is health, not education, which has taken pole position in the debates about public service provision.
Tristram Hunt has pledged that Labour would reform School Direct, the school based ITT model introduced by the coalition government under the ‘direction’ of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
Following the speech Tristram Hunt gave at the ATL conference outlining Labour’s education policies, this, along with increasing noise from other parties suggests a certain inevitability about inspection reform. It now feels like a case of how much and how quickly.
99% of ATL’s members cast their vote in this year’s National Presidential election!
The major educational event of 2014 was the sacking of Michael Gove. Joy was unalloyed among the vast majority of teachers and school leaders as this most ideological of politicians was shown the door.
What should the education landscape look like in 2020? This is what we’ll be asking in our five, pre-election debates. These debates expand on key themes identified by our members and which shaped our manifesto.
As the dust settles on the demise of Michael Gove the rush begins to define his legacy. Ever keen to contribute to the conversation, here is my pennyworth...