ATL Conference 2011
Wednesday 20 April - afternoon session
Seventh session of Conference - 1.30pm-4.00pm
During this session there was an address by Dr Mary Bousted, ATL general secretary.
59 Workforce agreement, England and Wales - carried
THAT conference condemns the abolition of WAMG in light of the past achievements of the social partnership and asks the Executive Committee to campaign vigorously against any attempt by the Westminster government to undo the content of the workforce agreement now enshrined in the Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document.
Proposer: Paul Scales, Langley Grammar School, Slough
Seconder: Teresa Dawes, Park House School, Newbury
60 Non-essential duties and paperwork - carried
CAMBRIDGESHIRE AND PETERBOROUGH BRANCH
THAT conference recommends to the Executive Committee that an urgent review of non-essential duties and paperwork imposed upon teaching staff in schools and colleges be carried out with a view to addressing the matter with Ministers at the earliest opportunity.
Proposer: Pat King, Unattached member, Cambridgeshire
Seconder: Helen Brook, The Vine Inter-Church Primary School, Cambridge
61 AMiE - carried
THAT conference agrees to actively promote AMiE, the leadership section of ATL, through its branches, schools and colleges in its aim to recruit, develop and support both existing and aspiring leaders in schools and colleges, acknowledging the broad remit that the term leadership implies and the many challenges that it poses.
Proposer: Julia Neal, Executive Committee
Seconder: Alice Robinson, Executive Committee
62 Digital technology for teaching and learning - carried
THAT conference recognises the value of digital technology as a tool for teaching and learning and that current apprehension and variations in local policy and practice cause confusion and concerns among our members. Conference asks that:
(i) research is conducted to gather examples of best practice;
(ii) the Executive Committee provides documentation to guide schools and colleges in consistent approaches for the use of digital technology;
(iii) the Executive Committee lobbies the government to review funding that allows educators to safely harness the potential of digital technologies and resources for their learning potential.
Proposer: Paul Campbell, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
Seconder: Ravi Gajria, Unattached member, Ealing
63 Practitioners - carried
THAT conference, mindful of the increasing popularity of social networking sites and their greater acceptance as a useful and legitimate form of communication, asks the Executive Committee to set up an STG to investigate the extent of the use of such sites by education practitioners, examine the possible professional risks involved and produce suitable guidance.
Proposer: Peter Walker, Executive Committee
Seconder: Brian Ward, Executive Committee
64 CRB fee - carried
THAT conference asks the Executive Committee to make suitable representations to the government to make the CRB fee tax allowable for those who are expected to pay for it themselves in order to meet requirements of their employment.
Proposer: Nadhim Shamoon, The Open Academy, Norwich
Seconder: Gill Ellis, Unattached member, Norfolk
65 School transport - carried
THAT conference calls upon the Executive Committee to produce clear guidelines that reflect members concerns over issues relating to school transport, namely:
(i) the clarity of school/local transport plans;
(ii) bullying on school transport;
(iii) accidents caused by drivers who are unfamiliar with areas visited on educational trips;
(iv) that these guidelines be communicated with the government, all LAs and all transport commissioners.
Proposer: Jeffrey Bevan, Wallasey High School, Wirral
Seconder: Paul Ronayne, Woodchurch High School, Wirral