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Latest media releases from ATL

ATL comment on the appointment of new Secretary of State for Education

14 July 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the appointment of Justine Greening as the new Secretary of State for Education.

ATL comment on rolling out south Asian method of teaching maths in primary schools

12 July 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on rolling out south Asian method of teaching maths in primary schools.

ATL comment on new CPD standard

12 July 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL comments on the new CPD standard.

ATL comment on new initial teacher training framework

12 July 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL comments on new initial teacher training framework.

ATL comment on the post-16 skills plan and independent report on technical education

8 July 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the post-16 skills plan and independent report on technical education.

ATL comment on Education Committee rejecting Government's candidate for new Ofsted chief inspector

7 July 2016

Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary for policy at ATL, comments on Education Committee rejecting Government's candidate for new Ofsted chief inspector.

ATL comment on Sutton Trust report on academy chains' work with disadvantaged pupils

7 July 2016

Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary for policy at ATL comments on Sutton Trust report on academy chains' work with disadvantaged pupils.

ATL comment on STRB report of teachers pay 2016

6 July 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on STRB report of teachers pay 2016.

ATL comment on shambles of key stage 2 SATs results

5 July 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), comments on the shambles of key stage 2 SATs results.

ATL comment on report into careers education, information, advice and guidance

5 July 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on report into careers education, information, advice and guidance.

End the deadly asbestos gamble - Protect children and staff by removing asbestos from our schools - JUAC

1 July 2016

The Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC) is calling upon the Government to prioritise the removal of asbestos from all schools and colleges.

ATL comment on Sir Michael Wilshaw wanting key stage 3 SATs to be brought back

10 June 2016

Mary Bousted responds to Sir Michael Wilshaw wanting key stage 3 SATs to be brought back

ATL comment on the next Ofsted chief inspector

10 June 2016

ATL wishes Amanda Spielman every success as the next chief inspector of Ofsted.

ATL comment on PAC report on teacher supply

10 June 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, comments on the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) report on teacher supply.

Parents and teachers will be deeply disappointed with much of the Queen's speech - ATL

18 May 2016

Teachers and parents will be deeply disappointed that the Government has ignored the interests of children and plans to create more chaos in education, says Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

ATL urges Government to halt before inflicting more chaos on children's education

17 May 2016

On the eve of the Queen's speech, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) urges the Government to get its own house in order before inflicting any more chaos on children's education.

Joint statement about the Government's plans for all schools to become academies

16 May 2016

Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP), Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), National Union of Teachers (NUT), and UNISON comment on the Government's plans for all schools to become academies.

ATL comment on NSPCC report into rise calls about exam stress from school children

11 May 2016

Mary Bousted comments on a report from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) about the rise in the number of children worried about exam stress

ATL on Key Stage 2 spelling and grammar test being published in advance online

10 May 2016

Dr Mary Bousted comments on the second embarrassing error over leaked tests for the Department for Education

ATL comment on Government climbdown over forcing schools to become academies

6 May 2016

Dr Mary Bousted comments on the news that the government has climbed down over forcing all schools in England to become an academy.

ATL comment on DfE plans to use results of cancelled key stage 1 spelling, punctuation and grammar test to set standards for seven-year-olds

29 April 2016

Dr Mary Bousted comments on the story in Schools Week that the Department for Education is planning to use the data from the cancelled key stage 1 spelling, punctuation and grammar test to set standards for seven-year-olds.

ATL comment on the Government and its academies policy

25 April 2016

Commenting in the story in today's Times that Nicky Morgan is considering letting the best-performing councils run their own academy chains.

ATL comment on government decision to scrap the SPAG test

22 April 2016

Dr Mary Bousted comments on the government decision to scrap the SPAG test

ATL comment on Caroline Lucas's personal, social, health and economic education (statutory requirement) Bill

22 April 2016

Dr Mary Bousted comments on Caroline Lucas's personal, social, health and economic education (statutory requirement) Bill.

ATL comment on Standards and Testing Agency accidently publishing KS1 SPAG tests

21 April 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the accidental publication of KS1 spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) tests online by the Standards and Testing Agency earlier this month.

ATL comment on PMQs academisation debate

20 April 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), responds to the debate at prime minister's questions about the government's plans to force all schools to become academies.

ATL comment on primary school place allocation results

18 April 2016

Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), comments ahead of parents finding out which primary school their child has been allocated today

ATL comment on IFS report on school funding

15 April 2016

Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), comments on the Institute for Fiscal Studies report on school funding.

ATL Comment on the Sutton Trust report and academisation

15 April 2016

Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary (policy) of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) comments on the Sutton Trust's report.

ATL comment on UCAS teacher training figures

14 April 2016

Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary for policy at ATL, comments on UCAS teacher training figures.

ATL Comment on the Institution of Mechanical Engineers report

12 April 2016

Janet Clark, education policy adviser at ATL, comments on the Institution of Mechanical Engineers new report that calls for a major rethink about the role of schools and colleges in promoting engineering.

Unions welcome Parliamentary debate on forced academies

12 April 2016

The ATL, NAHT and the NUT are pleased that the Labour Party has secured a debate in Parliament tomorrow (13 April) on the Government's plans for the forcible transfer of 17,000 schools to academy status. Under the White Paper's plans, parents could also be banished from school governing boards and left without a voice in their children's schools or any say over who runs them.

ATL comment on Reception Baseline Comparability Study published by DfE

7 April 2016

ATL welcomes news that reception baseline assessment will not be used as a starting point to measure pupil progress

Many school libraries are too small and some are being turned into classrooms

6 April 2016

Many school libraries are too small and do not have enough computers for pupils to use, according to a survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

Teachers Call for Gender Identity Support and Training

6 April 2016

Education staff will voice their concerns today (Tuesday) about the lack of meaningful, informed discussion surrounding gender identity in schools. As more pupils are raising issues around their gender identity, there is a concern that schools and colleges are not adequately prepared to support and educate young people.

Hungry pupils mean we risk returning to a Victorian era rife with inequality

5 April 2016

Hungry pupils mean we risk returning to a Victorian era rife with inequality, ATL survey finds

It's heart-breaking that schools now need full-time counsellors

5 April 2016

Forty-eight per cent of education professionals say pupils in their school have self-harmed due to stress, according to a survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

Workload drives the teacher recruitment and retention crisis, new survey finds

4 April 2016

Workload is the key driver of the teacher shortage crisis, putting people off becoming teachers and compelling enthusiastic teachers to leave, according to a new survey released by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

ATL reaction to Workload Challenge reports. Helpful as far as they go, but the government needs to do more

26 March 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the reports from the three Workload Challenge groups set up by the Department for Education.

DfE - Consultation outcome: Intervening in failing, underperforming and coasting schools

24 March 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the outcome of the government consultation, 'Intervening in failing, underperforming and coasting schools'.

ATL comment on the Education White Paper

17 March 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the Education White Paper.

ATL comment on the 2016 budget

16 March 2016

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

ATL on Government plans to force all schools in England to become academies

15 March 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the Guardian story that the Government is going to force all schools in England to become academies.

ATL comment on Ofsted's inspections of multi-academy trusts

10 March 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on Ofsted's inspections of multi-academy trusts.

ATL calls for new GCSEs and A-levels to be approved as soon as possible

7 March 2016

Dr Mary Bousted calls on the Government to get its act together and sort out the delay in accrediting the new GCSEs and A-levels which pupils will be being taught in September.

ATL comment on school funding in England

7 March 2016

"A new national funding formula for schools must prioritise pupils with the greatest needs and this does not necessarily mean every school should be given the same funding."

ATL comment on Sir Michael Wilshaw's comments to the Education Select Committee

2 March 2016

Nansi Ellis, Assistant General Secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers comments on Sir Michael Wilshaw's comments to the Education Select Committee.

ATL comment on the shortage of secondary school places

29 February 2016

"The government has really let down children by not planning properly and is failing in its fundamental duty to provide a school place for every child"

ATL comment on possible scrapping of baseline assessment

26 February 2016

Dr Mary Bousted comments on a Schools Week story that the Government may scrap baseline assessment for reception children.

ATL comment on Government concessions to assessments at Key Stages 1 and 2

19 February 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, responds to the Government's concessions to pupil assessments at Key Stages 1 and 2.

"Overworked, underpaid and taken for granted" - ATL survey of support staff members finds many feel overloaded with work

13 February 2016

Support staff are being expected to provide cover for classes and work longer hours, for little pay, according to a survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

Teachers question accuracy of baseline assessment - ATL/NUT survey

12 February 2016

Baseline assessment does not accurately reflect what four-year-olds can do and disrupts their start to school when many are in education for the first time, according to research* carried out for ATL and the NUT by UCL Institute of Education.

ATL comment on key stage 2 writing assessments

12 February 2016

Dr Mary Bousted comments on the Key Stage 2 writing assessments.

ATL comment on Nicky Morgan's refusal to make PSHE mandatory in schools

10 February 2016

In a letter to chair of the education select committee, Neil Carmichael, education secretary Nicky Morgan has refused to make personal, social and health education (PSHE) and sex and relationships education (SRE) mandatory.

Government must act urgently to tackle shortage of teachers - ATL

10 February 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the National Audit Office's report on training teachers.

ATL comment on Ofsted report on alternative provision

9 February 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on a report on alternative provision, published by Ofsted today.

Careers advice urgently needs better funding and more support from employers, says ATL

8 February 2016

ATL general secretary, Dr Mary Bousted, will tell the Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy that schools' careers advice and education has been hit by a lack of funding following the Coalition Government's abolition of the Connexions service in 2010.

Performance related pay is adding to teachers' workloads and cutting their pay - ATL/NUT survey

5 February 2016

Performance related pay (PRP) is adding to teachers' workloads, according to findings published today by ATL and NUT from a joint survey of more than 10,000 teachers.

ATL comment on the publication of reformed GCSE and A level content

4 February 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on the publication of reformed GCSE and A level content.

ATL comment on focused inspection of Academies Enterprise Trust

4 February 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on focused inspection of Academies Enterprise Trust.

Education staff facing physical violence from pupils - ATL

21 January 2016

Forty-three per cent of education staff said they have had to deal with physical violence from a pupil in the last year, according to a survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

ATL comment on Government thresholds for strike ballots in education and other public services

21 January 2016

Dr Mary Bousted comments on Government thresholds for strike ballots in education and other public services.

Gaps in sex and relationships education leave too many children at risk

20 January 2016

A joint press release with the Sex Education Forum.

ATL comment on protecting children from radicalisation

20 January 2016

Dr Mary Bousted comments on Government plans to help protect children against radicalisation.

ATL comment on Education Select Committee's report on the role of Regional School Commissioners (RSCs)

20 January 2016

Dr Mary Bousted comments on the Education Select Committee's report on the role of Regional School Commissioners (RSCs)

ATL comment on HMCI Sir Michael Wilshaw's speech to CentreForum

18 January 2016

Dr Mary Bousted comments on HMCI Sir Michael Wilshaw's speech to CentreForum.

ATL comment on primary school places

15 January 2016

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

ATL comment on plans to review maths and English Functional Skills qualifications

14 January 2016

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, comments on plans to review maths and English Functional Skills qualifications.

ATL comment on postcode inequality of education in England and Wales

13 January 2016

Dr Mary Bousted comments on the new cross-party commission to tackle inequality in education in England and Wales.

Funding cuts will hit teacher quality, say education unions

11 January 2016

Teaching and school leadership unions join together today in a statement to the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB), warning the Government risks undermining teaching standards due to a real terms reduction in funding and the continued erosion of teachers' pay.

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