One of the most commonly raised queries with ATL reps and officials are those involving the expanding use and exploitation of higher level teaching assistants (HLTAs) and cover supervisors in the classroom.
Since late May 2017 there has been an intensive series of negotiating meetings between the Northern Ireland Teachers Council (the teaching unions) and Management Side (the school employers and the Department of Education) to seek a resolution to the ongoing pay dispute (and in respect of associated workload and accountability issues) which has led to the current industrial action in schools.
The SFCA, ATL, NUT and UNISON have drafted guidance which is intended to help sixth form college corporations and trade union representatives work together cooperatively and avoid disputes when college corporations pursue applications for conversion to academy status.
As of Monday 16th January, Northern Ireland ATL members will engage in industrial action (short of strike).
Whether your school is considering academy status, has already been given the go-ahead to convert, or is already an academy, ATL has advice on your rights and working conditions.
Guides and advice
The handbook addresses the main issues and difficulties that are encountered by ATL members working in the post-16 sector - particularly in FE colleges.
Guides and advice
While there are many universal issues in education, there are also significant differences between the independent and state-maintained sector.
This newly-updated factsheet outlines the statutory rights most relevant to support staff in the maintained sector, including contracts of employment, working hours, leave and notice periods.
The Health and safety at Work, etc Act 1974 requires employers to provide adequate information, instruction, training and supervision to enable work to be carried out safely.
ATL vice-president Shelagh Hirst is among the members of ATL's Policy Council attending TUC this year. On Monday, she spoke to a motion on the Trade Union Bill.