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Key legislation

Every Child Matters, supported by the Children Act 2004, establishes the principle that all children deserve an opportunity to achieve their full potential.
Guides and advice

The middle tier: a voice from the profession

The middle-tier debate illustrates the now traditional obsession of national politicians with secondary school structures.
Guides and advice

Here because of the children - executive summary

The research project commissioned by ATL into the impact on primary school teachers' work of the New Labour government's education policies was conducted in two phases (2003-06 and 2006-07).
Guides and advice

A is for austerity

ATL Future has the future of the teaching profession and the education of young people at the heart of all we do.

Health and safety legislation

Two of the most important pieces of health and safety legislation are the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Human Rights Act

The Human Rights Act 1998 has been lambasted by some as a constitutional disaster and lauded by others as a valuable first step towards a Bill of Rights to protect the individual.

Dismissal: Your statutory rights

An employee can resign either forthwith or giving due notice stating clearly that the employer's conduct has been unreasonable.

HSE guidance

The Health and Safety Executive produces guidance on a number of health and safety issues, which will often be a great help to those with responsibility for health and safety, especially safety reps.

First aid

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 place a duty on employers to provide adequate first aid to staff that are injured or become ill at work.


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) enforces health and safety law in most schools and colleges. In some areas, this responsibility may fall to the local environmental health department.