ATL Conference 2011

Monday 18 April - afternoon session

Second session of Conference - 3.30pm-4.20pm

During this session there was an address by Andy Brown, ATL president.


11 Reform of 14-19 education - lost

COMPOSITE - from resolutions submitted by Cheshire branch, the Executive Committee and individual members

THAT conference notes both the Westminster government's expectation that an expanding private sector will be the principal engine of economic recovery and the severe cuts visited upon 16–19 provision. Conference believes that the forthcoming rise in the participation age will not benefit young people or the economy unless a range of appropriate learning programmes are available to meet the diverse educational needs of young people, many of whom will be unmotivated by the English Baccalaureate. Conference accordingly urges the government to provide a coherent system of vocational education to prepare young people for such opportunities and to aid the recovery by ensuring that young people have qualifications relevant to the needs of employers. In particular, conference urges the Executive Committee to:
(i) support a system which allows pupils to focus on qualifications that are right for them with:
(a) national examinations at age 14 to replace the present GCSEs;
(b) a fully developed 14-18 education and qualification programme which gives students the opportunity to choose either academic, technical, or vocational 'pathways';
(c) campaign for pupils who have attained a level of education needed in order to be a responsible citizen in the 21st century, and have permanent employment and be able to leave full-time education before reaching the school leaving age.

Proposer: Molly Giles, Unattached member, Cheshire
Seconder: Philip Whalley, Hardenhuish School, Wiltshire

12 Parity between teachers in schools and FE - carried

COMPOSITE - from motions submitted by Devon and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough branches.

THAT conference recognises the contributions made by a wide variety of professionals teaching in all sectors and settings. A significant number of students, especially in the 14-19 sector, are prepared for programmes shared by professionals working in link programmes between schools and colleges of FE.
Conference calls on the Executive Committee to research this situation and then to lobby the government to:
(i) change the status of teachers in the FE sector to bring them into parity with teachers in the school sector in terms of their status, remuneration, conditions of service and teaching qualifications;
(ii) reclassify unqualified teacher status more appropriately and give clear guidance regarding its use;
(iii) ensure a route exists for instructors working across sectors to be appropriately recognised in both sectors without a misuse of the term 'unqualified'.

Proposer: Philip Smith, Plymouth LA Children's Services, Plymouth
Seconder: Seconder: Niamh Sweeney, Cambridge Regional College, Cambridge

13 Guidance on learning partnerships – Northern Ireland - not taken


THAT conference welcomes the Northern Ireland Department of Education's drive towards providing a pupil entitlement (the 'Entitlement Framework') by 2013, providing for wider curricular choice at Key Stage 3 and 4 and for all and a more balanced 'vocational' and 'academic' balance. Conference recognises that to deliver the Entitlement Framework there is a need for larger, educationally viable, schools, as well as for greater collaboration between schools and colleges, through area learning partnerships. Conference calls on the Northern Ireland Teachers' Negotiating Committee to urgently address the need for guidance on the operation of learning partnerships to address the many terms and conditions of service issues arising from the new arrangements.

Proposer: Anne Millis, Ceder Integrated Primary School, Northern Ireland
Seconder: Carolyn Roberts, Ballyclare Secondary School, Northern Ireland


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