ATL uses surveys to gather members' opinions and to help inform ATL's policies and negotiations.
Here are the results of some of our recent surveys:
Food for thought survey 2012
ATL with the The Children's Society and the NUT conducted a survey into school meals revealing alarming new evidence of hunger in schools, showing that nearly half of UK teachers are seeing hungry children coming into school, a new report from The Children's Society, released today (14 December) reveals.
Independent pay survey 2012
In autumn 2012, ATL carried out a survey of support staff and teachers in independent schools on pay and working conditions.
For the fourth year running, the findings reflect the impact of the economic climate. However, most independent schools are in rude health, but their prosperity is not being shared with their staff.
Cost of living award 2012: 43% members reported receiving no inflationary increase, while only 4% of schools had frozen the school fees. This begs the question, where is the money going? ATL's concern is that there is a return to a kind of facilities "arms race". Part of the reason for this discrepancy is due to the absence of collective bargaining in the sector. Almost 60% reported that any cost of living award was simply imposed. Only 5% negotiate pay.
Working hours: 62% reported that they worked over the Working Time Directive of a maximum of 48 hours per week, with 20% working over 60 hours. Not having a proper lunch break is an increasing problem. 11% report that they don't have a timetabled lunch break of at least 20 minutes (the legal minimum when working more than 6 hours), let alone the minimum 40 minutes lunch break away from your work station as recommended by ATL.
A risk averse mentality in schools and colleges - November 2011
ATL's April 2011 Conference passed a resolution calling for a survey amongst its membership to determine the extent of the loss of traditional activities, due to the growing trend towards a risk averse mentality in schools and colleges, which acts as a brake on pupil's preparation for life experience, constricts the curriculum and constrains activities.
It asked Executive to present these findings to government and to call on them to halt this misuse of risk assessment.
For more information, download a report on the survey findings.
Academies survey 2011
The survey, which covered a variety of topics including pay and conditions, the school, relations with management and teaching and learning, underlined the fact that it is still 'early days' for most academies. The medium and long-term impact on staff, school and pupils is therefore very difficult to foresee.
The changes undertaken so far have been rather marginal, whether in regards to terms and conditions, curriculum or anything else. Many of these changes could well have occurred - such as redundancies and the introduction of the EBac - could well have taken place if these schools had not become academies.
For more information, download a summary of the survey findings.
To find out if you can participate in any current surveys or how you can tell us what you think of our work visit our current surveys page.