ATL comment on government plans to turn primary schools into academies
26 June 2012
Nansi Ellis, head of education policy at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:
"Instead of using scarce resources to help all primary schools become excellent, Michael Gove is planning to waste money brokering and administering academy sponsors. Once again he shows that ideology is far more important to him than improving children's education."
Notes to editors
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing approximately 160,000 teachers, headteachers, lecturers and support staff in maintained and independent nurseries, schools, sixth form, tertiary and further education colleges in the United Kingdom.
ATL exists to help members, as their careers develop, through first rate research, advice, information and legal advice.
ATL is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). ATL is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.