Conference 2015

Monday 30 March - Wednesday 1 April 2015

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.

North Wales

THAT Conference asks the Executive Committee to investigate the unintended consequences of political interference in education and to lobby Government accordingly.

Proposer: Gareth Lewis Seconder: Richard Griffiths

CAMBRIDGESHIRE & PETERBOROUGH

THAT Conference calls upon the Executive Committee to commission an investigation into the decline of local authority (LA) control of our schools. The situation in which LAs are responsible for providing education for children, but are not able to build their own schools, is undesirable for children's education. The costs of free schools and lack of economy of scales for academies has resulted in significant sums of money being wasted, which otherwise would have helped every child have a better education.

Conference therefore asks the Executive Committee:

(i) to lobby Government to stop interfering in education, in which they have no monopoly on knowledge and in which their own dogma continues to negatively impact children's education, and to push for true consensus amongst all stakeholders before making any decisions that happen in schools; and

(ii) to investigate the impact failing academy sponsors, without any control from LAs, has on our children's education.

Proposer: Alex Thompson Seconder: Tendai Mashapure

ESSEX, SOUTHEND AND THURROCK

THAT Conference, recognising the challenges faced by current economic circumstances, notes the pernicious and pervasive impact of unrelenting cuts in service provision for learners in our schools and colleges and calls upon the Executive Committee to:

(i) commission research into the validity of claims of a ring-fenced education budget, when set against rising costs and the loss of external support services;

(ii) identify and report case studies that demonstrate the disadvantage to learners in all circumstances, but especially the most vulnerable; and

(iii) make the economic and moral case for sustained investment in education and services for the future vitality of our nation and in support of the life chances of the side-lined students of the Gove generation.

Proposer: Robin Bevan Seconder: Godwin Agbi

LEICESTERSHIRE, LEICESTER AND RUTLAND

THAT Conference notes that state schools are paid for with public money. Increasingly schools are controlled by small governing bodies or trust boards. These bodies are outside traditional democratic oversight by local people. In publicly funded schools, more information would lead to greater accountability.

To ensure that school resources are used wisely and in accordance with local needs, Conference calls upon the Executive Committee to campaign for greater transparency in education throughout the state-funded sector.

Specifically Conference calls upon the Executive Committee to campaign for a requirement for all state-funded schools to publish:

(i) the staffing structure and pay ranges of all teaching staff, identified by job title;

(ii) Senior leadership salaries, including the salaries of executive headteachers, identified by job title; 

(iii) the cost of advertising and marketing materials, including the school prospectus and associated media materials; and 

(iv) the agreed minutes of all non-confidential governor meetings.

Proposer: Simon Clarkson Seconder: Kenneth Wheatley

CAMBRIDGESHIRE & PETERBOROUGH

THAT Conference notes that Dr Vince Cable, secretary of state for business, has admitted to the Liberal Democrat Party conference that in 2010 Government advisers made suggested cuts to FE funding that would 'effectively kill off FE'.

Although it was pleasing to hear that Dr Cable prevented even worse funding cuts being handed out to FE colleges in 2010, it does need to be recognised that funding for adult skills has fallen by 35% since then.

Conference therefore calls upon the Executive Committee to:

(i) Condemn the current political contempt shown to FE students and teachers;

(ii) Lobby alongside other relevant groups with the aim to maximise the profile of FE success; and

(iii) Initiate research into the value of FE to the economy in relation to breaking down social inequalities.

Proposer: Niamh Sweeney Seconder: Wally Valentine

COMPOSITE FROM MOTIONS SUBMITTED BY ESSEX, SOUTHEND & THURROCK AND HAMPSHIRE DISTRICTS

THAT Conference reaffirms its commitment to the principles of fair terms and conditions of employment for all education staff but also recognises that for some members, zero-hours and term-time-only contracts can be a benefit, offering flexibility and increased work-life balance, particularly for retired members or those simply topping up their incomes.

However, Conference notes with concern that in some cases, zero-hours and term-time-only contracts are being increasingly misused by employers in a way that does not provide fair terms and conditions of employment for those working in education, notably in cases where exclusivity clauses are used in zero-hours contracts.

Conference therefore asks the Executive Committee to:

(i) continue to work closely with the TUC and other unions on these issues;

(ii) lobby the Government to outlaw exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts;

(iii) issue advice for members on their rights whilst on zero-hours and term-time-only contracts which explains the advantages that may be secured in this way, as well as the potential loss of rights and benefits; and

(iv) issue advice 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.

Proposer: Jeff Fair, Essex, Southend & Thurrock Seconder: Jayne Whistance, Hampshire

AMENDMENT - carried

Delete "be a benefit, offering" from paragraph 1 and replace with "offer";

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

Delete "and" from the end of (iii);

Delete (iv).

Proposer: Julie Huckstep Seconder: Ray Amoss

COMPOSITE FROM MOTIONS SUBMITTED BY WILTSHIRE AND INNER LONDON DISTRICTS

THAT Conference believes that the Government needs to pay attention to and address the increasing workload pressures on education professionals.

Conference therefore calls upon the Executive Committee to:

(i) undertake a survey of members asking how workload has changed in recent years at all levels of the profession and ascertaining which tasks are taking up an increasing amount of time;

(ii) survey all early years members to ascertain what positive measures for staff should be promoted which recognise the pressures on nursery and early years staff when Government makes changes to its systems;

(iii) ascertain how workload is impacting on the recruitment and retention of all education professionals including senior leaders;

(iv) make recommendations as to how workload can be reduced; and

(v) lobby the Government to implement changes which will eliminate the pressures on education professionals.

Proposer: Chris Dutton, Wiltshire Seconder: Tatiana Kourova, Inner London

Amendment

New point v):

v) make recommendations as to how workload can be reduced for trainees and newly qualified professionals.

Proposer: Paul Campbell Seconder: Hannah Inwood

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference calls upon the Executive Committee to investigate and research the specific issues of FE workload that lead to greater responsibilities and accountabilities being passed down to lecturing staff, causing more stress around role identity and extra duties put on staff often without remission or increases in pay.

Proposer: Wally Valentine, Further Education Sector Advisory Group Seconder: Ray Amoss, Further Education Sector Advisory Group

COMPOSITE FROM MOTIONS SUBMITTED BY NOTTINGHAMSHIRE AND BERKSHIRE DISTRICTS

THAT Conference asks the Executive Committee to challenge the next Government to acknowledge and remedy mistakes made in dismantling state education by consulting with the education unions and establishing a "New Deal" for educational professionals which should include an updated Social Partnership and an updated workload agreement.

Proposer: Simon Holland, Nottinghamshire Seconder: Paul Scales, Berkshire

Amendment

Delete everything except the first sentence.

Proposer: Hank Roberts Seconder: Jean Roberts

DERBYSHIRE

THAT Conference notes that endless changes to educational policies and the curriculum are not in the best interests of the students to whom these apply. For many students educational establishments are the only form of stability in their lives, and constant change does not help them see a clear route through to adulthood.

Conference therefore calls on the Government elected on 7th May 2015 to agree to ensure stability for both students and education professionals.

Proposer: Andrew Bradley Seconder: Monica White

BRENT

THAT Conference notes with deep concern the serious decline in the membership of the TUC and also the even more serious decline in young members and young activists.

Further, Conference believes that this is at least part of the reason why the Government and employers have been able to get away with making the workers who did not cause the financial crisis, nevertheless pay for it.

Therefore, Conference calls for the Executive Committee to put a motion to the TUC Congress 2015 calling for a thoroughgoing strategic review with the aim of reversing these trends. This review should look at all aspects of trade union structures, organisation, recruitment and retention. Following the review, the TUC should bring a report with recommendations from the General Council for adoption with possible amendments to Congress 2016.

Proposer: Hank Roberts Seconder: Azra Haque

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference believes the Government's narrative on fundamental British values (FBV) is ill-considered, ill-defined and counterproductive. This kneejerk national policy 'solution' to localised governance issues risks becoming the source of wider conflict rather than a means of resolving it.

Conference therefore asks the Executive Committee to monitor how FBV is policed. There are likely to be many unintended consequences of this policy which the Committee needs to ensure are well publicised during calls for a more sensible reasoned approach to values in our schools and colleges.

Proposer: Robin Bevan, AMiE Council Seconder: Lesley Tipping, AMiE Council

WORCESTERSHIRE

THAT Conference asks the Executive Committee to investigate the issue of the changing way schools are being managed, which increasingly marginalises the staff. These changes are often being driven by the obsession with Ofsted inspections, the academisation of schools and the pressures that leadership face from the DfE.

Proposer: Stephen J Baker Seconder: Keith Buncle

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference notes with serious alarm:

(i) the crisis in senior leader recruitment in our schools and colleges;

(ii) the increasing tendency to hire and fire school and college leaders in a way comparable to football managers; and

(ii) the consequential turbulence for many school and college communities: learners, parents and staff.

Conference asks the Executive Committee to press this issue nationally, working in partnership with other unions, to ensure a planned supply of good quality leaders in our schools and colleges and in addition ensure the stability of that leadership.

Proposer: Robin Bevan, AMiE Council Seconder: Fiona Rawlings AMiE Council

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference recognises that professionals in their post-training years require opportunities for regular high-quality CPD and asks the Executive Committee to:

(i) research examples of good practice in relation to how education establishments facilitate and structure CPD.

(ii) lobby the Government to support professionals by introducing contractual CPD entitlement for all staff; and

(iii) support members by disseminating the findings of this research and to campaign for these changes.

Proposer: Nathan Jones, ATL Future Seconder: Krystal Ketcher, ATL Future

INNER LONDON

THAT Conference, recognising the impact that excessive workload and the fragmentation of education have on all education professionals, calls upon the Executive Committee to put pressure on the Government and other stakeholders to make sure that there is 'Time 2 Talk' and to ensure that all future initiatives have built in time for reflection, evaluation and collaboration with colleagues.

Proposer: Kim Knappett Seconder: Jean Roberts

OXFORDSHIRE

THAT Conference notes a fivefold increase in medication offered to school leavers to treat poor mental health and that on average three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Conference therefore calls upon the Executive Committee to lobby the Government to invest in preventative measures such as safe havens for vulnerable children in schools and appropriate funding levels for dedicated staff.

Proposer: Bella Hewes Seconder: Tom Carroll

NORFOLK

THAT Conference asks the Executive Committee to commission a report into the support provided for education employees with disabilities and mental health issues to be presented to the 2016 ATL Conference. The remit should cover educational employers and ATL members and consider the support currently given and what might be possible to enhance and improve that support.

Proposer: Tim Jefferson Seconder: Diane Walthew

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference notes that a Carers Trust report shows that 26% of young adult carers aged 14-25 have experienced bullying at school because of their caring role. More than two thirds of young carers aged 8-16 say they have been bullied. The report also revealed 38% reporting having a mental health problem and 29% describing their own physical health as "just ok". Education staff want to understand and support young carers to fulfil their potential and to enjoy as much of their childhood as is possible.

Conference calls upon the Executive Committee to work with organisations such as Young Carers and the Children's Society to campaign and raise awareness among education staff, schools and colleges of the issues faced by young carers.

Proposer: Julie Huckstep, Equality and Diversity Committee Seconder: Avie Kaur, Equality and Diversity Committee

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference notes that there are seven million carers in the UK and that three in five of us will become a carer at some point in our lives. Many education staff are caring for one or multiple dependants, trying to balance work and caring duties, and they are often forced to leave the workplace because the strain is too much or the employer is inflexible.

Conference calls upon the Executive Committee to produce guidance for union reps to help support those with caring responsibilities and to campaign to raise awareness of the issues faced by carers, working with Carers UK, Carers Trust and other organisations.

Proposer: Julia Neal, Equality and Diversity Committee Seconder: Avie Kaur, Equality and Diversity Committee

CAMBRIDGESHIRE & PETERBOROUGH

THAT Conference notes that a study by Women's Aid states that more than 20% of employed women take time off work because of domestic violence and 2% lose their jobs as a direct result of the abuse in any one year.

Conference calls upon the Executive Committee to:

(i) work alongside Women's Aid and other relevant organisations to develop resources for workplace reps to help build knowledge, awareness and understanding of the impact of this issue on the working lives of victims; and

(ii) develop a model workplace policy to help education establishments protect staff who are victims of domestic violence.

Proposer: Niamh Sweeney Seconder: Wendy Wilderspin

Amendment

(i) Work alongside Women's Aid and other relevant organisations to develop resources for members, workplace reps, branch secretaries and regional officials to help build knowledge, awareness and understanding of the impact of this issue on the working lives of victims; and (ii) Develop a model workplace policy to help education establishments support and protect staff who are victims of domestic violence. .

Proposer: Helen Porter Seconder: Jenny Inglis

CORNWALL

THAT Conference asks the Executive Committee to conduct a survey of its members to discover whether, with the pressures on schools' focus on progression, target-setting and results, the amount of dedicated pastoral care in schools is declining. If this is found to be the case, then Conference asks the Executive Committee to use this information to investigate the effect on pupils' wellbeing and to publish, if appropriate, the results of the investigation.

Proposer: Kate Moore Seconder: Sarah Smith

CORNWALL

THAT Conference asks the Executive Committee to commission research into whether Local Safeguarding Children's Boards (LSCBs) are fulfilling their purpose and whether they are doing so in a reasonable time.

Proposer: David Guiterman Seconder: Sarah Smith

BERKSHIRE

THAT Conference notes that ATL members have experienced financial loss through ill health capability proceedings, early retirement and the loss of their career due to catching an infectious disease at work. School staff do not have the same protection as other professions where staff can face such risks.

Therefore, Conference asks the Executive Committee to lobby Government to ensure that all school staff are fully protected financially if they contract an infectious disease during the course of their duties and are unable to continue their career because of it.

Proposer: Jenny Inglis Seconder: Helen Porter

Amendment

After 'ensure that' in second paragraph add:

(i) all school staff are fully protected financially if they contract an infectious disease during the course of their duties and are unable to continue their career because of it, and;

(ii) any absence relating to ill health as a result of contracting an infectious disease during their course of duties is not held against them on their records

Proposer: Chris Dutton Seconder: Elizabeth Greed

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

THAT Conference asks the Executive Committee to continue and broaden the scope of its campaign 'Shape Education' by highlighting the equalities implications in each of the manifesto's priorities.

Proposer: Ralph Surman Seconder: Simon Holland

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference notes the significant lack of communication between UK Governments and parents/carers concerning the many and constant changes to their children's learning opportunities, which often pass them by with stealth.

Therefore Conference asks the Executive Committee to explore ways that ATL can network with parents/carers, through representative groups and more local contacts, to keep them informed of Government policies and the possible impacts on their children and their schools, so that they are better equipped to make important education decisions.

Proposer: Alison Sherratt, Executive Committee Seconder: Lesley Tipping, Executive Committee

INDIVIDUAL MEMBER

THAT Conference calls for the Executive Committee to consider increasing the Association's activities and networking opportunities in order to support members and develop professional debate around educational issues in special school and alternative provision settings.

Proposer: Cathy Tattersfield, Derbyshire Seconder: Shelagh Hirst, Calderdale

COMPOSITE FROM MOTIONS SUBMITTED BY BRENT, CUMBRIA AND OXFORDSHIRE DISTRICTS

THAT Conference notes that in real terms teachers have lost the equivalent of 15% in their salary over the past few years and many education professionals face financial hardship. Conference is deeply concerned at the serious decline in the real levels of pay of teachers, lecturers and support staff and the failure of Government and employers to seek to reverse this decline.

Conference therefore calls upon the Executive Committee to campaign for:

(i) the education sector to have a significant pay rise and to make approaches to our sister unions to discuss and, if necessary, take part in joint action to start the process of the restoration of our real levels of pay; and

(ii) any pay awards for the education profession to be kept separate from performance-related pay.

Proposer: Hank Roberts, Brent Seconder: Jacqueline Cashman, Cumbria

Amendment

COMPOSITE FROM MOTIONS SUBMITTED BY BRENT, CUMBRIA AND OXFORDSHIRE DISTRICTS

Delete in (i) "to discuss and, if necessary, take part in joint action"

Proposer: Clare Kellett Seconder: Rebecca Yates

INDIVIDUAL MEMBER

THAT Conference notes that, despite all the hard work by ATL in negotiations with the AoC to get the best possible pay rise for members within FE, some colleges are still not implementing these pay rises. Some colleges have not paid a pay increase for four years, which is widening the gap, not decreasing the gap between teachers' and lecturers' pay.

Conference asks the Executive Committee to investigate and make the public aware that agreed pay rises between ATL and other unions are not being implemented by some colleges. Conference also asks the Executive Committee to publish the names of the establishments or provide a percentage of colleges that are not honouring the agreed pay rises to its members on the ATL website.

Proposer: Ray Amoss, Lincolnshire Seconder: Wally Valentine, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

HERTFORDSHIRE

THAT Conference:

(i) is concerned that there may be an increase in confidentiality clauses associated with performance-related pay which may hide indirect discrimination; and

(ii) urges the Executive Committee to commission research on the issue and act upon any evidence, to ensure these fears are not realised.

Proposer: Phillipa Kearns Seconder: Joyce Field

CORNWALL

THAT Conference asks the Executive Committee to investigate the salary levels of headteachers relative to other teaching staff in all academy types and to compare these with relative salary levels in comparable local authority schools. If there is found to be a significant difference, Conference asks the Executive Committee to consider how best to use the information.

Proposer: David Guiterman Seconder: Sarah Smith

CAMBRIDGESHIRE & PETERBOROUGH

THAT Conference understands the significant impact of changes in education over the past years. A number of studies have been carried out to show that some teachers are working over 60 hours a week and this figure is not in keeping with a work-life balance. Observations are replaced with the requirement for continuous and over-detailed written feedback, and this is leading to more and more teachers leaving the profession. The School Direct scheme is reportedly currently struggling to fill half its places.

Conference asks the Executive Committee to commission research and report findings about:

(i) how the Government proposes to address a predicted shortfall of high-quality teachers in future years and how this will impact on workload for existing staff given the Government's recent rhetoric;

(ii) the quality of provision and objectivity of assessment for entrants in both School Direct programmes and PGCE courses; and

(iii) the implications of drastic cuts to university PGCE course funding.

Proposer: Tendai Mashapure Seconder: Alex Thompson

OXFORDSHIRE

THAT Conference calls upon the Executive Committee to promote a return to accredited university-led courses due to the continued under-filling of school-based teacher training allocations and the heavy workload school-based training places on staff.

Proposer: Allison Barnes Seconder: Tom Carroll

COMPOSITE FROM MOTIONS SUBMITTED BY KENT & MEDWAY AND HAMPSHIRE DISTRICTS

THAT Conference deplores the misuse of support staff in schools to cover for teachers at short notice and for protracted periods. Conference notes that increasingly support staff employed to support the learning in class, with groups or with individuals, are being withdrawn from this valuable work to cover absences for several days, thus depriving one group of the support they deserve and depriving another class of a qualified teacher.

Conference therefore asks the Executive Committee to:

(i) investigate the number of support staff in schools being used to cover classes and whether they are being over-used to the detriment of supply teachers and students;

(ii) campaign to prescribe the management of 'cover' workloads to fall within the 1265 hours of directed time along with clearer guidelines and expectations for cover supervisors and schools;

(iii) campaign to re-emphasise the need to promote supply teachers within schools and the wealth of experience they bring to the post; and

(iv) explore a path of training and development that could be set in place to encourage dedicated cover supervisors to gain QTS.

Proposer: Julie Huckstep Seconder: Donna-Marie Bryant, Hampshire

 

34 AMENDMENT - carried

COMPOSITE FROM MOTIONS SUBMITTED BY KENT & MEDWAY AND HAMPSHIRE DISTRICTS

New (iv) to read:

campaign for a statutory right to training and development that could be set in place to encourage dedicated cover supervisors to gain QTS and report  back to Conference in 2016 on the progress achieved.

Proposer: Philip Pitt Seconder: Debbie Polwarth

COMPOSITE FROM MOTIONS SUBMITTED BY HUMBERSIDE AND LEICESTERSHIRE, LEICESTER & RUTLAND DISTRICTS

THAT Conference is deeply concerned at the injustices faced by supply teachers in Britain today.

In particular, supply teachers employed via the majority of supply agencies do not have access to the Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS), and can only build up a retirement income through membership of vastly inferior defined contribution (DC) schemes.

Conference calls upon the Executive Committee to lobby the Government to ensure that all education professionals have access to a high-quality pension scheme, regardless of who their employers are, and to end the discriminatory practice which prevents supply teachers being able to contribute to the TPS when working via an employment agency.

Proposer: Ann Burt, Humberside Seconder: Alison Deacon, Leicester & Rutland

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference welcomes the fact that, as of October 2012, an amendment to the 2011 Education Act made it a criminal offence to report or publish any information that could lead to the identification of a teacher who is subject to an allegation of a criminal offence made by, or on behalf of, a registered pupil at the same school. Teachers thus became the first professional group in this country to be given anonymity under law.

However, and in spite of the representations made by ATL and other unions, the Government refused to extend the protections provided to other education professionals, including school support staff.

Therefore Conference asks the Executive Committee to lobby the Government and Members of Parliament to extend the coverage of the Education Act to provide the necessary safeguards for all education staff who have contact with pupils.

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

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference is concerned by the impact on SEN provision in schools in the wake of the recent introduction of major reforms in this area.

In particular, Conference notes the tendency of schools to use the smokescreen provided by the SEN reforms to cut support staff numbers, with the inevitable reduction of support for the most vulnerable pupils.

Therefore Conference asks the Executive Committee to closely monitor the situation, and highlight the diminution in provision when dealing with Government, other stakeholders, and through the media.

Proposer: Debbie Polwarth, Support Staff Members' Advisory Group Seconder: Geoff Pye

CAMBRIDGESHIRE & PETERBOROUGH

THAT Conference agrees that education should break down barriers within the UK. Every child should receive an education which ensures that they have the same life chances in reaching their full potential.

Within higher education and the workplace, judgement is rarely made on a two-hour exam at the end of two years of work so why should 14-16-year-olds, at the same time as also having to learn 10 different subjects, be judged solely in this way?

To quote Albert Einstein: "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

Should we not therefore ensure that all means of learning are given suitable standing? Conference therefore asks the Executive Committee to commission research into:

(i) the impact on students being pushed onto progress 8 for schools points; and

(ii) the impact on youth employment due to students only having exam skills.

Proposer: Alex Thompson Seconder: Niamh Sweeney

SOMERSET

THAT Conference asks the Executive Committee to lobby Government to repeal the ill- thought out, politically motivated, unrealistic and divisive requirement for all students post-16 to be forced to continue to study to achieve a grade C (equivalent) in English and maths.

Proposer: Clare Kellett Seconder: Matt Mugan

COMPOSITE FROM MOTIONS SUBMITTED BY SOMERSET AND INNER LONDON DISTRICTS

THAT Conference is concerned that the current reforms to A-levels in England are poorly planned and rushed, and will create a significant disadvantage for students sitting the proposed new system of examinations.

That conference also deplores Ofqual's decision to change the method by which practical work will be assessed in the science subjects, biology, chemistry and physics, at A-level, and to remove the assessment of it altogether from the AS-level in these subjects.

Conference therefore urges the Executive Committee to lobby the Government elected in May 2015 to reconsider the implementation of reforms, to ensure that pupils are not disadvantaged, and to have Ofqual's decision reversed or amended such that the assessment of practical work in science subjects at AS- and A-levels is included in the overall qualification grade.

Proposer: Matt Mugan, Somerset Seconder: Julian Perfect, Inner London

NORTHERN IRELAND

THAT Conference notes with concern the decline in practical work in design and technology and the consequent effects on the ability of many in the UK to have the opportunity to learn a range of practical skills. Conference therefore asks the Executive Committee to:

(i) set up a strategic task group to investigate this issue; and

(ii) use the resultant policy paper to lobby Ofqual and examination providers.

Proposer: Gordon White Seconder: Bronagh Wright

HERTFORDSHIRE

THAT Conference urges the Executive Committee to:

(i) investigate the extent to which the assessment of individual teacher performance is being based on an over-reliance on pupil performance data; and

(ii) use the results to highlight good and bad practice in the use of such data in the management of schools.

Proposer: Eric Stroud Seconder: Joyce Field

HUMBERSIDE

THAT Conference calls upon the Executive Committee to commission research into the amount of money that schools are currently spending on having examinations re-marked.

Proposer: Colin Cranmer Seconder: Jackie Watton

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference calls upon the Executive Committee to:

(i) lobby for a robust apprenticeship route that is adequately funded to support learners, post-16 staff and employers;

(ii) raise awareness for parents through the national press of the change in apprenticeship funding and the effect this will have on young people during their transition from school into the world of work; and

(iii) raise awareness through professional journals about the effect that the employer-funded trailblazer apprenticeships may have on learners, Post-16 staff and employers.

Proposer: Ray Amoss, Further Education Sector Advisory Group Seconder: Mike Pevitt, Further Education Sector Advisory Group

NORTH WALES

THAT Conference calls upon the Executive Committee to commission research into the extent to which the laudable aim of inclusion is fatally undermined by current practice and to lobby Government accordingly.

Proposer: Maxine Bradshaw Seconder: Donna Jones

OXFORDSHIRE

THAT Conference asks the Executive Committee to enter into dialogue with the Government to give more funding for schools with increasing numbers of pupils who do not have English as a first language. Without this, there will be an unfair burden on those schools striving for higher standards for them and their fellow students.

Proposer: Joy Wilson Seconder: Diane Wilson

DEVON, PLYMOUTH AND TORBAY

THAT Conference believes that:

(a) every child in every school should have the right to relevant and appropriately supported access to the whole national curriculum.

(b) every headteacher, teacher and support member of staff should be informed about the 'hidden disability' of colour blindness.

Conference therefore calls upon the Executive Committee to:

(i) investigate the problem in classrooms across all schools, colleges and universities;

(ii) survey all members in all sectors to determine the knowledge base of staff; and

(iii) construct a factsheet (to be made available on the website and at all appropriate training events).

Proposer: Trevor Cope Seconder: Alison Bradley

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference calls upon the Executive Committee to combat any notion that Creationism is a science and ensure that, where taught, it is clearly categorised as religious belief.

Proposer: Alastair MacPherson, Independent & Private Sector Advisory Group Seconder: Alison Bradley, Independent & Private Sector Advisory Group

NORTHERN IRELAND

THAT Conference notes the GTC (NI) publication Striking the Right Balance: Towards a Framework of School Accountability for 21st Century Learning and:

(i) welcomes the effect that the publication had on the Northern Ireland Assembly's Education Committee Inquiry into Inspection; and

(ii) asks the Executive Committee to consider use of the publication in developing policy on accountability and "value added" across the jurisdictions of the UK.

Proposer: Emma Quinn Seconder: Frances Campbell

NORTH WALES

THAT Conference views with concern the impact of diverging education systems on portability, in terms of curriculum content and qualifications, across the UK and calls on the Executive Committee to take steps to raise this issue with the respective Governments.

Proposer: Lesley Tipping Seconder: Liz McGill

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference notes with concern the direction of Government policy on apprenticeships. It appears to be employer-focused rather than learner-focused yet the Government has few levers to encourage employers to engage in what is a crucial area of both education and the economy. This bottleneck and confusion over funding is in danger of damaging the life chances of learners and the effectiveness of the economy.

A licence to practise would signal to learners that they can reach a level of expertise that would have technical, occupational, and employment aspects. Their engagement in gaining the licence could be progressed in a variety of ways, but it would also signal to employers that they would need to look to those learners who had engaged in such learning and training as legally ready to work. Conference therefore asks the Executive Committee to lobby the Government for demand-led solutions such as the introduction of a licence to practise in every sector as a policy-driven means of tackling the current impasse.

Proposer: Geoff Fair Seconder: Cathy Tattersfield

Emergency motions

Emergency motions listed by motion number.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THAT Conference recognises that it is of paramount importance that children and young people do not fall victim to sexual exploitation, radicalisation or female genital mutilation – the effects of which are lifelong and desperately damaging.  Conference asserts that the government's knee-jerk response to these awful crimes, which is to criminalise teachers, is ill-thought-out and will leave children and young people increasingly vulnerable.

Reporting of concerns is best managed by the school's child protection officer in conjunction with other children's services.

Conference therefore calls on the Executive Committee to lobby the government to:

i) Remove the threat of criminalisation from education professionals;

ii) Provide adequate funding for the appropriate training of education staff;

iii) Provide funding within schools and relevant public bodies to enable proper, timely liaison between schools and other children's services.

Proposer: Niamh Sweeney Seconder: Helen Porter

INDIVIDUAL MEMBER

THAT Conference believes that a professional registration body can bring benefit to education staff and students. However, Conference deplores and condemns the current configuration of the Education Workforce Council (EWC) as both undemocratic and unrepresentative of the workforce as a whole, making it no more than a quango of the Welsh Government.

Conference therefore calls on the Executive Committee to work to ensure that the EWC becomes properly accountable to the profession by containing a substantial component of elected members.

Conference further instructs the Executive Committee to oppose any increase in fees for the EWC and any extension of its remit until these grave deficiencies are properly remedied.

Proposer: Mark Whitney Seconder: Richard Griffiths

 

37 AMENDMENT - carried

INDIVIDUAL MEMBER

Line 4 delete "unrepresentative of the workforce as a whole". Replace with "unelected"

Proposer: Lesley Tipping Seconder: Fiona Rawlings

INDIVIDUAL MEMBER

THAT Conference notes the grave threats to public services, and especially education, from the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and how this would impact on four out of the six priorities on ATL's education manifesto.

Conference therefore asks the Executive Committee to play an active role in supporting the campaign to oppose TTIP.

Proposer: Caroline Kolek, Somerset Seconder: Godwin Agbi, Essex, Southend and Thurrock

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