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ATL welcomes incoming president

28 August 2015

Excessive workload and constant changes in education leaves teachers with little time to do work that benefits students' learning, warns the incoming president of ATL, Kim Knappett.

ATL comment on key stage 2 statistics

27 August 2015

Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary of ATL, comments on the latest key stage 2 assessment statistics from the DfE.

ATL on condemning teachers to excessive pay restraint

26 August 2015

Adrian Prandle, Director of Economic Strategy and Negotiations at ATL, comments on condemning teachers to excessive pay restraint.

ATL on fining schools if students fail GCSEs in maths and English

25 August 2015

Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary of ATL, comments on Policy Exchange's proposals to make schools pay for students to re-take GCSEs in English and maths if they re-take at a further education college.

ATL congratulates students, but questions how far re-sitting English and maths GCSEs benefits them

20 August 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on today's GCSE results.

ATL comment on The Good Childhood Report 2015

19 August 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) comments on an international survey by The Children's Society - The Good Childhood Report 2015.

ATL comment ahead of GCSE results

19 August 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) comments ahead of the GCSE results due on Thursday.

ATL on Cameron talking about academies

15 August 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers comments on David Cameron's article about academies.

ATL congratulates students on AS and A Level results

13 August 2015

Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) comments on this year's AS and A Level results

ATL comment on truancy figures

12 August 2015

Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) comments on truancy figures.

ATL on threat to sixth form colleges

11 August 2015

Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) comments on the results of Sixth Form Colleges Association annual funding impact survey.

ATL comment on new partnership between NCS and Teach First

7 August 2015

Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary of ATL, comments on a new partnership between the National Citizen Service (NCS) and Teach First, to be announced by the Prime Minister today.

ATL comment on FOI into impact of sponsored academies on underperforming schools

31 July 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the FOI about the effect of sponsored academies on Ofsted's rating of under-performing schools

ATL comment on pupil exclusion figures

30 July 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the latest pupil exclusion figures.

ATL comment on leaked assessment report

28 July 2015

Anne Heavey, education policy advisor at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) comments on a report leaked to The Guardian on the assessment of primary aged pupils.

Nicky Morgan misses the point about teachers' workload

27 July 2015

Anne Heavey, education policy adviser at ATL comments on Nicky Morgan saying teachers should not be expected to spend hours marking schoolwork or answering emails after 5pm.

ATL comment on national pupil projection figures

22 July 2015

Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, comments on national pupil projection figures.

ATL on financial viability of FE and review of the sector

21 July 2015

Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, comments on the National Audit Office's report into the financial viability of further education.

ATL comment on Education Committee report on extremism in schools

20 July 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the Education Committee report on extremism in schools.

ATL comment on Education Committee's apprenticeships and traineeships report

20 July 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the Education Committee's apprenticeships and traineeships report.

ATL comment on the Trade Union Bill

15 July 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, responds to the Trade Union Bill.

ATL supports Bill for compulsory PSHE and SRE in schools

15 July 2015

ATL supports MP Caroline Lucas' reintroduction of the Bill on PSHE and SRE to be presented to the House of Commons today.

ATL comment on Ofsted's Early Years Annual Report

13 July 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers & Lecturers comments on Ofsted's Early Years Annual Report.

ATL comment on the skills emergency highlighted in a CBI/Pearson survey

13 July 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers comments on the skills emergency highlighted in a survey by the CBI and Pearson.

ATL FOIs into purged Ofsted inspectors

10 July 2015

Ofsted needs to come clean and let schools know if they were inspected by inspectors it has purged for not being up to scratch, says the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL)

ATL comment on Government plans for increasing Britain's productivity

10 July 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on Business Secretary's, Sajid Javid, speech today launching plans to boost Britain's productivity.

ATL comment on Summer Budget 2015

8 July 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers comments on the Summer Budget 2015.

ATL comment ahead of the Budget

8 July 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments ahead of the Budget.

ATL supports launch of first FGM app

7 July 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, speaks ahead of the launch of the UK's first web app aimed at raising awareness and educating young people on FGM.

JOINT PRESS RELEASE - early years experts unite in the call to block baseline assessment

2 July 2015

England's leading early years organisations have united with teaching unions in opposing the September 2015 introduction of Baseline Assessment

Joint statement from ATL and NUT on baseline assessment

1 July 2015

Dr Mary Bousted and Christine Blower respond to the Government's announcement that they are to introduce reception baseline assessment

Government puts ideology ahead of children's education, again - ATL

30 June 2015

Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary at ATL, believes that Government has put ideology ahead of children's education, again.

ATL delivers petition to Government calling for end to cuts to FE

26 June 2015

This morning, Mark Baker, president of ATL, delivered a petition with over 42,000 signatures to Downing Street as part of the #loveFE campaign, along with representatives from Unison, NIACE, UCU and the AoC.

ATL comment on child poverty figures - following publication

25 June 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on today's child poverty figures.

ATL comment on future of further education

24 June 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on Professor Alison Wolf's warning about the future of FE.

ATL comment on potential Government plans to redefine child poverty

24 June 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on stories that the Government is planning to redefine child poverty.

ATL comment on CBI's call for a new 14-18 curriculum

19 June 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on a speech to be given by CBI director-general John Cridland this afternoon, where he will call for 'an education system that delivers for all'.

ATL members lobby MP's to oppose cuts to FE

16 June 2015

ATL and members of AMiE, ATL's leadership arm, are taking part in a lobby of Parliament to oppose cuts to FE.

ATL comment on government plans for all pupils to do the EBacc

16 June 2015

Nansi Ellis comments on Secretary of State's plans for all secondary school students to take GCSEs in English, maths, science, a language and history or geography.

ATL comment on new look Ofsted inspections

16 June 2015

Nansi Ellis comments on the new look Ofsted inspections

Government becoming increasing dictatorial about education, ATL

11 June 2015

The Government is increasingly removing choices from pupils and schools as it becomes more dictatorial about what they can and cannot do, says ATL

ATL comment on stabbing of teacher in a Bradford school

11 June 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the stabbing of teacher in a Bradford school.

ATL comment on young carers

11 June 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments during Carers Week 2015.

ATL comment on new Education and Adoption Bill which will force schools to become academies

3 June 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), says "it's too early to say whether academies are a positive force for change"

ATL comment on Ofqual statistics on the perception of A-levels and GCSEs

2 June 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on Ofqual's statistics on the perception of A-levels and GCSEs.

ATL comment on Government plans to double free childcare for working families

1 June 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the Government plans to double free childcare for working families in the next year.

ATL comment on aspects of the Queen's Speech

27 May 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments aspects of the Queen's Speech including interventions for 'coasting' schools.

ATL comment on Nicky Morgan's pledge to build 500 new free schools in the next parliament

22 May 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the news that the Conservatives will push ahead with their plans to build a further 500 free schools over the coming five years.

ATL comment on Nicky Morgan's announcement on 'failing or coasting' schools

18 May 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on Nicky Morgan's announcement on 'failing or coasting' schools.

ATL flags up priorities for Nicky Morgan and Sajid Javid

11 May 2015

ATL writes to Nicky Morgan and Sajid Javid flaging up priorities for the education sector.

ATL comment on Young Carers in Schools programme

30 April 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the launch of the Young Carers in Schools programme, which offers schools step-by-step guidance, practical tools and training opportunities to support pupils who have caring responsibilities

ATL comment on Conservative announcement of new three-year fund to create 50,000 new apprenticeships

28 April 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the Conservative's announcement of a new three-year fund to create 50,000 new apprenticeships.

ATL comment on news that Labour may scrap GCSEs by 2019

23 April 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on Tristram Hunt's assertion that Labour would look phase out GCSEs within the next ten years.

ATL comment on Liberal Democrats five point plan for teachers and parents

20 April 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on Liberal Democrats five point plan for teachers and parents.

ATL comment on school places

16 April 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the allocation of school places.

ATL comment on Liberal Democrat education pledge

15 April 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on Liberal Democrat education pledge.

ATL comment on Conservative Party manifesto

14 April 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on Conservative Party manifesto.

ATL welcomes Labour's education manifesto but some issues remain unaddressed

9 April 2015

Adrian Prandle, director of economic strategy and negotiations at ATL, comments on the announcement of Labour's education manifesto.

ATL comment on Conservative's plans to make primary pupils re-sit maths and English tests

8 April 2015

Anne Heavey, education policy advisor at ATL, comments on the Conservative's plans to make primary pupils re-sit maths and English tests.

ATL honours Malala Yousafzai with Fellowship Award

1 April 2015

Today, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) honours Malala Yousafzai with a Fellowship Award. The award is bestowed on those who have made a significant contribution to education or politics.

Education staff need more support for physically disabled pupils – ATL survey

1 April 2015

Sixty five per cent of education staff said their school or college has needed to provide more support for pupils who are physically disabled in the last two years, according to a survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL)

ATL campaigns to fight injustices facing school support staff

31 March 2015

ATL yesterday launched a Support Staff Charter to improve the working lives of the 900,000 teaching assistants, librarians, technicians, administrators, dinner ladies, caretakers and other support staff in UK schools by highlighting the injustices they face.

Young carers need more support from schools and colleges - ATL

31 March 2015

More than half (51%) of teachers, lecturers, support staff and leaders have a young carer* in their school or college, according to a snapshot survey by ATL.

ATL comment on Tristram Hunt's speech to conference

30 March 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on Tristram Hunt's speech to annual conference.

False allegations are blighting careers and putting added stress on education staff - ATL

30 March 2015

Over a third (38%) of school and college staff said a member of staff in their current school or college has had a false allegation made against them by a pupil, according to an ATL survey*

Schoolchildren's mental health at serious risk - ATL

28 March 2015

A survey by ATL has discovered 50% of education professionals believe the number of children with mental health issues has risen over the last two years.

ATL comment on developments in delivering SEND reforms

25 March 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the developments in delivering SEND reforms.

Joint organisation release: New code will ensure young people are equipped for work in 21st century

25 March 2015

The Foundation Code has been developed by eight organisations and urges schools, colleges and other learning providers to adopt a six-point plan to give young people careers education and advice which will equip them for the complex demands of work in the 21st century.

ATL comment on Government pledge to fund College of Teaching

20 March 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the Government's pledge to fund a College of Teaching.

ATL comment on the Budget

18 March 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the Budget.

ATL welcomes the call for a sensible approach to the threat of extremism in schools

17 March 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the publication of Extremism in schools: the Trojan Horse affair.

ATL comment on the Government's announcement of a budget increase for child mental health services

16 March 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on Nick Clegg's announcement that an extra £1.25bn will be made available for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) over the next five years.

ATL welcomes STRB's decision to award teachers 1%, but it's not enough to head off teacher recruitment and retention crisis

12 March 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB) report published today.

ATL comment on the Government's planned push to get more maths and physics teachers into classrooms

11 March 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the Government's planned push to get more maths and physics teachers into classrooms.

Parents and taxpayers should be worried by Conservative plans for more free schools

9 March 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: "David Cameron's announcement that a future Conservative government would open a further 500 free schools, is worrying for parents and taxpayers.

JUAC takes Government to task over failure to publish the findings of its asbestos review

9 March 2015

Government assurances that the long-delayed findings of its schools asbestos review would be published early in 2015 now appear meaningless. The Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) seriously questions the Government's intentions to publish before the pre-election 'purdah' period begins on 30 March.

AMiE comment on plans for grants to boost diversity in senior school leadership

4 March 2015

Peter Pendle, chief executive officer of AMiE, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers' leadership section, comments on plans for grants to boost diversity in senior school leadership.

ATL comment on Government plans to protect children from sexual exploitation

3 March 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on Government plans to protect children from sexual exploitation.

ATL comment on social mobility and child poverty

28 March 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers comments on social mobility and child poverty

ATL comment on news that the number of young people NEET has fallen

26 February 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the news that the number of young people NEET is at its lowest level for eight years

ATL comment on skills funding letter: April 2015 to March 2016

26 February 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on skills funding letter: April 2015 to March 2016.

ATL comment on new teacher-led commission to allow schools to develop their own assessment systems

25 February 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on a new teacher-led commission which will be set up to help primary schools as they move away from the 'vague and imprecise' system of levels for assessment, to be announced by School Reform Minister Nick Gibb today.

AMiE comment on the DfE's new initiative to boost middle management in underperforming schools

25 February 2015

Peter Pendle, chief executive officer of AMiE, comments on Schools Minister David Laws' announcement that 100 middle leaders will be parachuted into underperforming schools in a bid to raise standards,

ATL's A New Vision for Inspection proposes a radical reform of school inspection and improvement

24 February 2015

ATL launches our vision for radical reform of school inspection and improvement A New Vision for Inspection in Education.

ATL comment on the budget for early education and childcare

24 February 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on The House of Lords Committee on Affordable Childcare's call for the budget for early education and childcare to be urgently reviewed to ensure best value for money.

ATL response to the Education Select Committee's call for submissions on the school starting age

23 February 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, responds to The Education Select Committee's call for submissions on the school starting age.

AMiE comment on Labour's school leadership pledges

23 February 2015

Peter Pendle, chief executive officer of AMiE, comments on Tristram Hunt's announcement of Labour's vision to drive up headteacher standards.

ATL comment on Education Committee's plans for PSHE and SRE

17 February 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the launch of a report by the Education Committee examining PSHE and SRE.

ATL comment on speech by Labour leader Ed Miliband

12 February 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on Labour's plans for education, as announced by Labour leader Ed Miliband.

ATL comment on ending the VAT anomaly for sixth form colleges

9 February 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the ending the VAT anomaly for sixth form colleges.

Bitter disappointment at government failure to tackle teachers' workload - ATL

6 February 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the government response to teachers' workload survey

ATL comment on Conservative's schools and education funding plans

4 February 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the Conservative's funding plans for schools and education.

ATL comment on Labour's pledge to banish homophobic bullying

3 February 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on Labour's pledge to banish homophobic bullying.

ATL comment on Ofsted's plans for radical reforms to education inspections

3 February 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on Ofsted's plans for radical reforms to education inspections.

ATL comment on proposed plans to force underperforming schools to become academies

2 February 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on David Cameron's plans for up to 3,500 schools to face a shake-up and automatically be considered for academy status if they are underperforming.

Overworked and underpaid, support staff are feeling the knock-on effects of teachers' excessive workloads - ATL

2 February 2015

Seventy-five percent of support staff work over their contracted hours because their workload demands it, according to a survey by ATL.

ATL comment on the PAC's report into school oversight and intervention

30 January 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, responds to PAC Chair Margaret Hodge's assertion that the DfE is guilty of a lack of strategy for overseeing school autonomy.

ATL comment on secondary school and college performance tables

29 January 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the publication of the secondary school and college performance tables.

ATL comment on Education Select Committee's Academies and Free Schools Report

27 January 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the Education Select Committee's Academies and Free Schools Report.

New teachers already demotivated about teaching at the start of their careers

27 January 2015

Three-quarters of trainee and student and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) say they have already considered leaving the teaching profession, according to a survey by ATL.

ATL comment on PAC report on participation of 16- to 18-year-olds in education and training

22 January 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments the on Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report on the participation of 16- to 18-year-olds in education and training.

ATL comment on National Audit Office's review of the DfE's annual report and accounts for 2013 - 2014

21 January 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the NAO's review of the DfE's annual report and accounts for 2013-14.

ATL comment on Carter review of initial teacher training

19 January 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the Carter review of initial teacher training.

AMiE comment on National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers

19 January 2015

Peter Pendle, chief executive officer of AMiE, ATL's leadership section, comments on the National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers.

ATL comment on OECD report: Education Policy Outlook 2015: Making Reforms Happen

19 January 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the OECD report: Education Policy Outlook 2015: Making Reforms Happen.

ATL comment on the rise in households below a minimum income standard

19 January 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation - 'Households below a minimum income standard 2008/9 to 2012/13'

ATL on Ofsted trialling 'reliability tests'

15 January 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the news that Ofsted will trial 'reliability tests' with two Ofsted inspectors giving separate judgements on each school visited this spring.

ATL comment on mandatory reporting for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

12 January 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the Home Office's consultation on mandatory reporting for Female Genital Mutilation.

ATL comment on Conservative Party plans to make it harder to take public sector staff out on strike

12 January 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, responds to the news that the Conservative Party's manifesto will include plans to require public services such as schools, health, transport and fire services to have the backing of 40% of eligible union members to hold a strike.

ATL comment on Sir David Bell's speech on England's education system

9 January 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on former Chief Inspector of Schools', Sir David Bell's, speech on England's education system.

ATL on Conservative's failure to rule out slashing education funding

6 January 2015

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the news that private Conservative briefing notes fail to rule out cutting the schools budget after the May general election.

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