Conference 2014

Monday 14 April - Wednesday 16 April 2014

Motions

Conference motions listed by motion number - this is not the order they were taken in. Emergency motions are listed at the foot of this section.

ESSEX, SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AND THURROCK BRANCH

THAT Conference, recognising that Ofsted has lost almost all credibility with the teaching profession – no longer just disliked, now disdained – calls upon the Executive Committee to work with other partners in campaigning for an 'inspection charter' for schools and colleges being inspected, which provides robust guarantees that:

(i) all inspection teams will be independent of sectional interests, and will always include a majority of experienced and currently serving teachers and school leaders

(ii) all inspection judgments will be subject to a national programme of reliability sampling

(iii) isolated complaints or opinions will be given an appropriately limited weight, with unsubstantiated claims being wholly disregarded

(iv) stakeholder perceptions will be collected in a manner that ensures they are representative, verifiable and allow for confidential comment.

Proposer: Robin Bevan Seconder: Christine Bennett

BERKSHIRE BRANCH

THAT Conference, in the light of the current issues surrounding target setting in the NHS, requests that the Executive Committee, as a matter of urgency, investigate the impact of target setting on pupils, staff and learning in education.

Proposer: Martyne Ellard Seconder: Debbie Grimmett

DEVON BRANCH

THAT Conference is concerned that some members are not able to take regular lunch breaks during their working day and/or do not have a private place where they can go during breaks away from pupils or students. Conference believes:

(a) every member of staff working in a school or college (including support, supply and administration members) is entitled to a break in a six-hour day away from the classroom or location of work and ATL recommends that break should be at least 40 minutes

(b) every member of staff working in a school or college (including support, supply and administration members) is entitled to a place of rest in the school or college which is private and away from their responsibilities.

Conference therefore calls upon the Executive Committee to:

(i) continue to campaign for recognition of ATL's recommended minimum break across all educational workplaces

(ii) ensure that all educational workplaces are aware that the premises should have a private place of rest for all members of staff

(iii) survey all members and act upon the results of such a survey identifying time away from pupils or students and the provision of a staff place of rest, comparing it to the expectation and then endorsing ATL's recommended minimum.

Proposer: Trevor Cope Seconder: Alison Bradley

INNER LONDON BRANCH

THAT Conference asserts the need for an examination system that is both robust and fair and calls upon the Executive Committee to accumulate evidence in relation to the new examination systems to make sure that this is the case.

Proposer: Jovan Trkulja Seconder: Pat Bennett

INNER LONDON BRANCH

THAT Conference asserts that labelling students is not the best way to advance the learning of all.

Proposer: Kim Knappett Seconder: Abdul Choudhury

COMPOSITE From motions submitted by North Wales branch and the Executive Committee

THAT Conference affirms its commitment to the well-being and safeguarding of pupils, and calls for closer inter-agency collaboration. Keeping children and young people safe from abuse and neglect and thereby improving their life chances is the responsibility of all. Conference asks the Executive Committee to survey its caseworkers and members around their experiences of inter-agency collaborations and use the results to review and update current policy and, if necessary, raise concerns with the appropriate bodies.

Conference further urges the Executive Committee to produce detailed safeguarding guidance and information for members and their employers so that everyone is informed at whatever level they work of the need for a universal targeted response.

Proposer: Maxine Bradshaw, North Wales branch Seconder: Veronica Rodriguez, Defence Committee

BIRMINGHAM BRANCH

THAT Conference, aware of the work done so far by the Executive Committee, the Equality and Diversity Committee and ATL's equalities officer in highlighting disability within the education workforce, instructs the Executive Committee to:

(i) establish a mental health working group, which reports to the Executive Committee with its findings, one of whose tasks will be to investigate the impact of performance management on those with mental health or hidden disability issues and highlight the signs of excessive or undue stress which performance management can invariably produce

(ii) review existing ATL guidance on mental health and update if necessary

(iii) negotiate more favourable workplace policies that support mental health and other hidden disabilities, including disability leave agreements

(iv) challenge workplace cultures that hamper the disclosure of mental health and other hidden disabilities as a genuine and medically recognised impairment.

Proposer: David Ambler Seconder: Ash I Ghouse

BERKSHIRE BRANCH

THAT Conference asks the Executive Committee to lobby government to ensure that teachers have the right to refuse to have their names and/or photographs made public on school websites and that this is communicated to school management.

Proposer: Debbie Grimmett Seconder: Sue Gibbs

NORTHERN IRELAND BRANCH

THAT Conference recognises the importance of pupil voice and supports active and meaningful pupil involvement in the life of the school or college. Educational workplaces which promote pupil voice and participation can often demonstrate better performance, fewer exclusions and better attendance.

Conference is concerned that schools and education authorities might promote activities which are judgmental to the performance of education staff, under the guise of pupil voice, including, but not limited to, 'RateMyTeachers' style surveys. Conference therefore asks the Executive Committee to set up an STG with a view to updating policy on pupil voice, with appropriate guidance issued to members.

Proposer: Bronagh Wright Seconder: Jon Pollock

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference is concerned that many support staff are:

(i) pressurised into undertaking an unreasonable workload during the working day

(ii) pushed into providing after-school activities

(iii) directed to carry out duties for which they are not contracted to provide and are not appropriate to the role or pay scale.

Conference therefore calls upon the Executive Committee, using information from ATL's recent support staff survey, to identify these trends in bullying and overloading of work on our members.

Conference further asks the Executive Committee to highlight and campaign amongst our members and seek to publicise, via our union communications and outside media, these inappropriate practices.

Proposer: Debbie Polwarth, Support Staff Members' Advisory GroupSeconder: Kathryn Booth, Support Staff Members' Advisory Group

BERKSHIRE BRANCH

THAT Conference asks the Executive Committee to lobby government to incorporate the following into Ofsted inspections: "How effectively is adherence to the Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document and the Workload Agreement implemented?"

Proposer: Debbie Grimmett Seconder: Charlotte Neild

CORNWALL BRANCH

THAT Conference asks the Executive Committee to survey members in free schools to gain information on their salary levels, workload and working conditions. If members in free schools are found to be at a significant disadvantage compared with others in the rest of the state sector, to publicise the findings and lobby with the aim of improving the situation.

Proposer: Walter Dudley Seconder: Sarah Smith

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference believes government policies are undermining the attractiveness of teaching and asks the Executive Committee to take action by:

(i) lobbying parliament and government

(ii) gaining a commitment from political candidates to value teaching as a skilled profession

(iii) championing the good things about teaching

(iv) carrying out further research on how the demoralisation of the workforce is impacting our current and prospective demographic of trainee teachers

(v) promoting a structured route into teaching.

Proposer: Kirstie McAlpine, ATL Future Seconder: Richard Thompson, ATL Future

COMPOSITE

From motions submitted by Inner London and Wirral branches.

THAT Conference believes that all classes in England and Wales should be taught by qualified teachers. Conference deplores the pressure placed on support staff in order to teach whole classes, when there are sufficient properly qualified, but unemployed and underemployed, teachers available who could be better used to ensure that pupils can make the most of their one chance in education.

Proposer: Jonathan Dolling, Inner London branch Seconder: Paul Ronayne, Wirrall branch

HERTFORDSHIRE BRANCH

THAT Conference asks the Executive Committee to conduct a survey of ATL teacher members in the 50+ age group to:

(i) discover how many have been involved in an informal or formal capability process or in any process that could potentially lead to capability proceedings

(ii) use this information to support current work being undertaken on potential age and/or gender discrimination and to get indications of possible bullying and the members it affects.

Proposer: Phillipa Kearns Seconder: Aneurin Hathaway

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference is deeply concerned with the government's U-turn in regard to FE teachers' qualified status. In 2011, the government consulted on, and agreed, that QTLS has parity with QTS for school teachers. The government has now repealed the need to attain qualifications to teach in the FE sector and ended support for QTLS just when skills and FE expertise are needed to help young people develop their vocational interests. Conference asks the Executive Committee to work with others and bring to public awareness the dangerous course this government is following and to bring back a licence to practise for lecturers.

Proposer: Niamh Sweeney, Further Education Sector Advisory Group Seconder: Reman Amoss, Further Education Sector Advisory Group

LEEDS BRANCH

THAT Conference:

(i) renews ATL's commitment that the professionalism of early years professionals is appropriately recognised

(ii) notes with grave concern the introduction of the designation of early years teacher without the endorsement of QTS.

Conference therefore asks the Executive Committee to seek to ensure that there is a structured and practical pathway for early years professionals to achieve QTS through further study and workplace experience.

Proposer: Cecily Hanlon Seconder: Richard Martin

SOMERSET BRANCH

THAT Conference is concerned about school-based teacher training in schools which are not in culturally diverse locations and hence do not provide the necessary focus on EAL. This can result in teachers not understanding the additional needs of EAL students. Conference therefore calls upon the Executive Committee to press the DfE and the NCTL to ensure consistency in teacher training regardless of geographical location.

Proposer: Caroline Kolek Seconder: Emma Weetch

HERTFORDSHIRE BRANCH

THAT Conference asks the Executive Committee:

(i) to consider the problem that many supply teachers have in maintaining their skills and professional knowledge at a time of great change in classroom technology, the curriculum and examination specifications where the LA no longer provides training

(ii) to raise the issue with the NCTL and campaign for them to provide guidance to LAs, supply agencies, schools and supply teachers themselves on what CPD is and should be available.

Proposer: Lesley Gilfrin Seconder: Phillipa Kearns

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference notes a spate of independent schools closing overnight, leaving chaos in their wake. Conference therefore calls upon the Executive Committee to lobby parliament for the inclusion of financial and strategic planning tests as part of the inspection regime for all schools and colleges, regardless of sector.

Proposer: Malcolm St John-Smith, Independent Schools' Advisory Group Seconder: Alastair MacPherson

20 AMENDMENT - carried

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference notes a spate of independent schools closing overnight, leaving chaos in their wake. Therefore Conference calls upon the Executive Committee to lobby parliament for the inclusion of financial and strategic planning tests as part of the regulatory regime for all schools and colleges, regardless of sector.

Proposer: Geoff Coggins, Inner London Seconder: Abdul Choudhury, Inner London

SOMERSET BRANCH

THAT Conference believes that the Executive Committee should press all political parties to publish in advance of the election, costs for their education policies and that these costs should be agreed with the Office for Budgetary Responsibility.

Proposer: Matt Mugan Seconder: Clare Leavold

HERTFORDSHIRE BRANCH

THAT Conference deplores the new national curriculum's supposed focus on rigour at the expense of creativity and asks the Executive Committee to conduct research into its effect on creativity in all subjects at all key stages.

Proposer: Joyce Field Seconder: Aneurin Hathway

CAMBRIDGESHIRE BRANCH

THAT Conference believes that proposals to start school at an earlier age, for some, along with longer school days and shorter holidays do not put the child first and could be seen to be another cynical attempt to win political support and therefore votes. Conference requests that the Executive Committee:

(i) reinforces that strong and stable families are the bedrock of a strong and stable society and that families need a work-life balance which enables them to spend time together, not more time apart

(ii) challenges the erosion of childhood and family life through proposed policies such as school starts for two-year-olds and extended primary schools opening.

Proposer: Steve Taylor Seconder: Ray Mitchell

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference notes that since the economic down-turn in 2008, members' real incomes have fallen year by year, as successive cost of living increases have failed to match inflation, even in financially successful independent schools. Conference calls on the Executive Committee to robustly campaign for members' salaries to be protected against inflation, through the promotion of collective bargaining in all sectors.

Proposer: Malcolm St John-Smith, Independent Schools' Advisory Group Seconder: Helen Porter, Independent Schools' Advisory Group

24 AMENDMENT - carried

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference notes that since the economic down-turn in 2008, members' real incomes have fallen year by year, as successive cost of living increases have failed to match inflation, even in financially successful independent schools. Conference calls on the Executive Committee to robustly campaign for members' salaries to be protected against inflation, through collective bargaining in appropriate sectors.

Proposer: Geoff Coggins, Inner London Seconder: Jonathan Dolling, Inner London

COMPOSITE From motions submitted by Berkshire and Wirral branches

THAT Conference acknowledges that the proper and regular delivery of the RE curriculum is of great importance in a multicultural society where mutual knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs is essential in developing tolerance and social harmony.

Conference therefore urges the Executive Committee to promote the status of RE teachers and seek to ensure they have the correct level of funding, knowledge, and training and development.

Proposer: Michael Freeman Seconder: Rachel Razbully

BRENT BRANCH

THAT Conference states that the teaching of reading should be an absolute priority in key stage 1 and that individuals and reading groups should always be supervised by qualified teachers who are trained to recognise problems and initiate remedial action when required.

Proposer: Chrissie Jolinon Seconder: Azra Haque

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference recognises that both the developing understanding of neuroscience and the potential for the brain to develop in ways not previously understood are likely to have a major impact on the emergence of new strategies, techniques and organisational frameworks for supporting teaching and learning. Similarly, Conference notes that technological innovation raises the potential for learning to be freed from fixed locations or institutions, to be more personalised and to be more open; welcoming the role such openness can have in a global context where increasing inequality damages the life chances of millions of young people.

Recognising the importance of ensuring that our members are well prepared to understand the potential impact of these changes on their future careers, Conference, therefore, invites the Executive Committee to develop policies, training materials and professional development programmes to support members in their understanding of the ways in which neuroscience, technology and globalisation are likely to combine to change the roles of teachers, leaders and managers, and others engaged in education.

Proposer: Julia Neal, AMiE Council Seconder: Ralph Surman, AMiE Council

NORTHERN IRELAND BRANCH

THAT Conference notes the concern of many teachers at the impact of computer tablet addiction amongst pupils. Symptoms of computer tablet addiction include:

  • withdrawal
  • loss of interest in or 'crowding out' other activities
  • lack of control
  • irritability
  • deception and furtiveness
  • poor performance
  • losing educational opportunities.

Conference asks the Executive Committee to draw evidence from ATL's members, education authorities and medical practitioners to inform ATL guidance and to produce a factsheet for all education staff.

Proposer: Mark Montgomery Seconder: Colin Kinney

WILTSHIRE BRANCH

THAT Conference believes that the new performance management appraisal system and pay changes introduced in September 2013 will have a negative effect on recruitment and retention in schools.

Proposer: Chris Dutton Seconder: John Hawkin

 

ESSEX, SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AND THURROCK BRANCH

THAT Conference:

(i) confirms ATL's unwavering commitment to the ethical principles and social benefits of a more equal society

((ii) recognises the importance of ensuring those principles and benefits are explained, promoted and visible in schools and colleges

(iii) condemns the excessive pay, in some instances in excess of £200k pa, received by self-styled national school leaders and executive headteachers.

Conference therefore asks the Executive Committee to commit to encouraging all schools and colleges, federations and chains, to demonstrating these values through pay policy and a pledge to a maximum salary ratio of 7:1.

Proposer: Robin Bevan Seconder: Christine Bennett

BRENT BRANCH

THAT Conference notes with serious alarm that experienced supply teachers are recruited just before a pending Ofsted and later dispensed with. Conference is concerned that supply teachers are not valued and often not paid at the appropriate, and well-earned, salary point to which they should be entitled.

Proposer: Azra Haque Seconder: Chrissie Jolinon

ESSEX, SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AND THURROCK BRANCH

THAT Conference reaffirms its commitment to the principles of fair terms and conditions of employment for all education staff and, noting the misuse of 'zero hours' and 'term-time-only' contracts, asks the Executive Committee to issue clear advice:

(i) for schools and colleges that indicates when or if such contracts are appropriate, how such arrangements can be effectively used, as well as the circumstances in which they would be unacceptable

(ii) for members that explains the advantages that may be secured in this way, as well as the potential loss of rights and benefits.

Proposer: Jeff Fair Seconder: Godwin Agbi

32 Zero hours and term-time-only contracts - Amendment - not taken

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Amendment submitted by the Executive Committee

Delete (i)

Delete "the advantages that may be secured in this way, as well as" in (ii)

Proposer: Malcolm St John-Smith, Executive Committee Seconder: Julie Huckstep, Executive Committee

BIRMINGHAM BRANCH

THAT Conference, aware of the dubious employment practices endured by many workers in the UK, urges the Executive Committee to commission research into the current employment practices of non-LA education providers in order to be prepared for the day when these employers attempt to introduce such dubious practices into the education workplace.

Proposer: David Ambler Seconder: Ken Oliver

BRENT BRANCH

THAT Conference welcomes ATL's recent paper, Using Evidence to Inform Education Policy and Practice regarding the use of (and non use of) educational research in policy and practice and its key assertions, namely:

(a) 'what works' is an oversimplified concept upon which to base research and policy

(b) politicians should not intervene in matters of specific professional expertise, such as pedagogy and the detail of the curriculum

(c) measures are needed to stimulate demand from practitioners for communication about research

(d) both policymakers and practitioners could benefit from the establishment of a national forum for education research, independent of government.

Conference therefore asks the Executive Committee to call upon the government:

(i) not to introduce new education policies that have no reliable, valid and statistically significant evidence base

(ii) to commission an independent review via a Royal Commission or by a body such as the NFER of the success or otherwise of government policies, having special regard to the quality of evidence both for their establishment and whether the policy should continue to be implemented.

Proposer: Hank Roberts Seconder: Azra Haque

SOMERSET BRANCH

THAT Conference believes that the Executive Committee should press all political parties, including those in government, to appoint to their education frontline teams only those members who have recent, direct and personal experience of the state education sector which they may govern.

Proposer: Clare Kellett Seconder: Krystal Ketcher

COMPOSITE From motions submitted by Scotland and Derbyshire branches.

THAT Conference recognises that retired members play an important role in ATL's work. In the current climate where education is being constantly changed the experience of retired members at Conference could be one of ATL's most valuable assets as many of these members have a wide experience of education. Conference therefore asks the Executive Committee to consider:

(i) reviewing the status of Conference delegates in the light of possible structural and rule changes within branches (including the proposed rules about retired members potentially holding 'district secretary' positions in the future)

(ii) enabling retired members to play an active role in Conference such as by ranking Conference delegates with different statuses, for example - full Conference delegate, speaking (but not voting) Conference delegate, and Conference observer, with different funding arrangements for each.

Proposer: Andrew Bradley, Derbyshire branch Seconder: Alastair MacPherson, Scotland branch

 

BRADFORD BRANCH

THAT Conference asks the Executive Committee to look at the possibility of establishing a support network for teachers, lecturers, management and support staff so that each member can seek professional advice on their avenue of work from fellow members.

Proposer: Glyn Kenyon Seconder: Liz Howe

BRADFORD BRANCH

THAT Conference asks the Executive Committee to look further into ways of hearing the silent majority of ATL members. Conference is aware of the good work done through email and card surveys by ATL on a national scale but is aware that too often it is hard to get a local or regional response to an issue.

Proposer: Glyn Kenyon Seconder: Liz Howe

CAMBRIDGESHIRE BRANCH

THAT Conference congratulates ATL on its prompt, clear and rational responses to the largely ill-conceived, misguided educational policies and ideas from this government. Conference now asks the Executive Committee to explore different, more diverse ways in which to engage with its membership such as fully utilising new technologies and building on collaborations with other organisations such as charities and think tanks.

Proposer: Alex Thompson Seconder: Steve Taylor

NORTHERN IRELAND BRANCH

THAT Conference notes the good record of ATL in organising its activities, throughout the democratic structure, to maximise the involvement of members. Conference asks the Executive Committee to review and reconsider ways of promoting family-friendly policies and practice to enable increased participation in union activity for those with family and caring responsibilities and for disabled people.

Conference asks that consideration is given to (but not limited to):

(i) the times and venues for meetings and Conference

(ii) the availability of childcare facilities

(iii) the assistance available for disabled people

(iv) the utilisation of e-information, conferencing and communication technologies

(v) the utilisation of facilities time.

Conference asks the Executive Committee to consider this issue carefully and make firm proposals for consideration.

Proposer: Emma Quinn Seconder: Carolyn Roberts

AVON BRANCH

THAT Conference believes that no member should be placed at a disadvantage as a result of their part-time status or caring responsibilities, particularly with regard to participation in their own union.

Conference notes that the current rules relating to contested elections for workplace representatives require members to be physically present at any ballot when the position is contested. This is an effective bar to participation for those unable to attend a meeting at a particular time or on a particular day and this applies disproportionately to members with caring responsibilities. Conference therefore requests the Executive Committee to make appropriate revisions to the current rules to facilitate the participation of members unable to physically attend any workplace ballots, be that by the use of postal voting, proxy voting, or any other appropriate mechanism.

Proposer: TBC Seconder: Michele Wills

DORSET BRANCH

THAT Conference appreciates the support and attendance of ATL's general secretary and officers at the Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival. Conference encourages the Executive Committee to ensure that the festival is publicised to all members, by every available means, in order to seek to ensure that ATL is represented by its membership at the event and on the march.

Proposer: Kathryn Booth Seconder: Nic Preston

INDIVIDUAL MEMBER

THAT Conference abhors the practice of FGM and asks the Executive Committee to: (i) lobby for the Home Office to take responsibility for drawing up and enforcing the implementation of a national strategy and action plan to eliminate FGM in the UK, so that FGM is classified as a form of child abuse and perpetrators are prosecuted.

(ii) actively campaign to raise awareness and promote understanding of the practice of FGM and to publish an article in Report magazine to inform members

(iii) develop advice and resources for education staff and publish these on ATL's website

(iv) support the End FGM campaign and other suitable local, national and international campaigns.

Proposer: Helen Porter, Berkshire branch Seconder: Niamh Sweeney, Cambridgeshire branch

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference notes a recent YouGov survey revealing that 2.4 million people have witnessed verbal homophobic bullying at work over the past five years and that a further 800,000 people of working age have witnessed physical homophobic bullying at work. Further polling shows that over a quarter of LGBT people are not at all open to colleagues about their sexual orientation.

Conference applauds the establishment of a union-wide network for LGBT members and those who are supportive of LGBT issues, and the keynote speech given by our general secretary at the Stonewall Education Conference. Conference notes the good work being done by ATL to eradicate homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in the classroom and applauds the Stonewall campaign 'Lots to do' to eradicate homophobic bullying in the workplace.

Conference calls upon the Executive Committee to continue to work with Stonewall, Schools Out, the Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Post-School Education and other organisations:

(i) to raise awareness of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in the workplace

(ii) to issue guidance on tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and harassment in the workplace

(iii) to update ATL's guidance on homophobic bullying and its model LGBT equality policy.

Proposer: Julia Neal, Equality and Diversity Committee Seconder: Nic Preston, Equality and Diversity Committee

CAMBRIDGESHIRE BRANCH

THAT Conference recognises the daily, and potentially lifelong, impact domestic poverty has on children's lives in our schools and life chances thereafter; and

(i) congratulates the government's commissioning and publication of the recent report by Alan Milburn, State of the Nation 2013: Social Mobility and Child Poverty in Great Britain

(ii) challenges the government to see through its ambitious goals on child poverty and social mobility

(iii) supports ending child poverty by "addressing the root causes… and not just the symptoms" through "life-transforming support", tackling issues such as underemployment, low pay and debt

(iv) condemns the lack of regulation that allows loan companies to exploit low-paid workers and their children

(v) calls on the Executive Committee to investigate the impact such high-interest loans have on the welfare of school-aged children, and on its members, as they try to make ends meet in a climate of wage freezes and an escalating cost of living.

Proposer: Niamh Sweeney Seconder: Wendy Wilderspin

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference believes that:

THAT Conference is deeply concerned that there is a low appreciation and understanding of the effect of poverty on attainment as highlighted in the State of the Nation 2013: Social Mobility and Child Poverty in Great Britain report. Conference instructs ATL to raise awareness on this issue and influence government to address inequality through the Shape education campaign.

Proposer: Abbie Saxby, ATL Future Seconder: Nathan Jones, ATL Future

BERKSHIRE BRANCH

THAT Conference expresses concern that schools increasingly need to ask parents and carers for voluntary contributions, not just for school trips but for resources, including buildings. The burden of meeting this request falls disproportionately on poor families and increases the disadvantages for these children.

Proposer: Jenny InglisSeconder: Jo Fludder

BRENT BRANCH

THAT Conference asks the Executive Committee to prepare a document setting out the educational benefits and drawbacks of membership of the EU to help inform members and to bring a report to ATL's 2015 Conference making recommendations regarding:

(i) any motion put to the TUC calling for a referendum on whether the UK is in or out of the EU

(ii) any motion put to the TUC calling for withdrawal from the EU as to whether the union should support, oppose or abstain.

Proposer: Hank Roberts Seconder: Azra Haque

SOMERSET BRANCH

THAT Conference is concerned that the government insists on compulsory education or training until the age of 18 but only guarantees transport costs support until 16. ATL believes this can have a significant impact on students' futures, particularly in rural areas where travel is already expensive. Conference asks the Executive Committee to lobby government to change the policy to extend support for transport costs to all students in compulsory education or training.

Proposer: Matt Mugan Seconder: Clare Kellett

CAMBRIDGESHIRE BRANCH

THAT Conference is disturbed by the current state of 'hiring paradox' in the jobs market; 1.3 million jobs have been created in the private sector yet the number of people under 25 without a job for a year or more leaped from 266,000 in 2012 to 282,000 in September 2013, according to LFS statistics. Conference calls on the Executive Committee to:

(i) condemn the current and previous governments' neglect of expert careers advice and guidance for all school-aged young people and call for significant funding increases to support this

(ii) note the continuing gender segregation in the workforce, with career and training choices for male and female students reflecting those of the 1970s

(iii) call for stronger regulation and enforcement of apprenticeships to weed out substandard provision and raise quality standards

(iv) challenge the government to end the wage discrimination for apprenticeships where three in 10 apprentices are paid less than the minimum wage.

THAT Conference notes the reduction in Connexions staff and lack of enough available and trained staff in colleges, which means that many students with EBD drop out of FE and training within the first few months.

Conference asks the Executive Committee to lobby government to take the opportunity offered by raising the participation age to develop continued effective support and mentoring up to age 18 for students who have attended EBD schools.

Proposer: Niamh Sweeney Seconder: Tendai Mashapure

CORNWALL BRANCH

THAT Conference asks the Executive Committee to investigate the strategies used by academies to influence parents and pupils to join them in preference to other schools and colleges. The Executive Committee should then consider whether to publicise these strategies.

Proposer: David Guiterman Seconder: Walter Dudley

HUMBERSIDE BRANCH

THAT Conference instructs the Executive Committee to commission research into the amount of taxpayers' money that academies are routinely holding in their reserves, money which could have been spent on the education of their pupils, had they remained under the LA umbrella.

Proposer: Colin Cranmer Seconder: Jackie Watton

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference notes with alarm the way in which the moral purpose underpinning of education leadership and management has been eroded over the past few years by a system that increasingly places pressure on leaders to deliver at all costs. These short-term gains are often not without longer term negative consequences for staff, their school or college, and learners themselves.

Conference asks the Executive Committee to keep this issue high on ATL's agenda and to recommend to government a clear set of ethical standards which are expected to govern leadership and management behaviour.

Proposer: Robin Bevan, AMiE Council Seconder: Ruth Braysher, AMiE Council

INDIVIDUAL MEMBER

THAT Conference requests that the Executive Committee should mount a campaign to publicise the negative aspects of the privatisation of education services which is resulting in LAs becoming marginalised whilst private companies increasingly control education for profit without any accountability or control.

Proposer: Stephen J. Baker, Worcestershire branch Seconder: Beatrice Harvey, Staffordshire branch

SOMERSET BRANCH

THAT Conference believes that the current 'streamlined' model of funding for SEN is both cumbersome and unworkable. The concept of 'funding following the learner' is not fit for purpose in the context of SEN, where planning and training are key. Conference asks the Executive Committee to call on the government to re-think its policy and to restore the needs of SEN students to the heart of its funding policies.

Proposer: Emma Weetch Seconder: Caroline Kolek

DEVON BRANCH

THAT Conference calls on the Executive Committee to press the DfE to review the proposed performance measures in light of the negative impact of these on members of a leadership team and also on the recruitment of headteachers.

Proposer: Iain Freeland Seconder: Julia Neal

WORCESTERSHIRE BRANCH

THAT Conference requests that the Executive Committee urges the DfE to ensure it follows through with its policy of ensuring that all schools and sixth form colleges are funded in the same way. Conference also requests that the Executive Committee presses the DfE to ensure there is full transparency in the costs for all schools with the data being published and placed in the public domain to show that there is equality of funding.

Proposer: Stephen J. Baker Seconder: Keith Buncle

Equalities and Diversity Committee

THAT Conference notes that from 2014, Ramadan will fall progressively more in the public examination season. Given the move towards linear assessment, this could significantly disadvantage those Muslim students who fast throughout Ramadan, at a critical stage in their education.

 

Conference calls on the Executive Committee to raise awareness of the potential impact of Ramadan on Muslim students' education, in the media, within schools and colleges and with the relevant examination bodies, through working together with the relevant bodies to publish guidance as to how members may best advise students and staff, in order to minimise the impact on Muslim students' performance.

Proposer: Barry Lingard, Equalities and Diversity Committee Seconder: Avie Kaur, Equalities and Diversity Committee

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference asks the Executive Committee to call upon the government to promote the teaching of chess in all UK primary schools and to support the charity Chess in Schools and Communities..

Proposer: Hank Roberts Seconder: Jean Roberts

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

That Conference notes evidence coming to light in March 2014, within the TUC report 'Education not for sale' and elsewhere, which includes spending by the government of:

a) at least £637 million on free schools, with a total of fewer than 22,000 pupils;

b) tens of millions of pounds on legal, accountancy, property services and other consultancy fees connected with academy conversions;

c) £45 million on the proposed establishment of a free sixth form college in Westminster, despite the lack of need.

Conference further notes the financial mismanagement in some academies and free schools including such practices as trustees awarding contracts for services to companies in which they have interests and the purchase of trademarked curriculum and pedagogical packages.

Conference requests the Executive Committee to campaign in the pre-election period for a school funding system in which all school are funded in a fair, transparent, and accountable way, with sufficient safeguards to prevent these unacceptable financial practices.

Proposer: Mark Baker Seconder: Deborah Polwarth