ATL comment on the Liberal Democrats’ education plans

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Press release
17 May 2017 by ATL Media Office
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), comments on the Liberal Democrats’ plans for education.

Commenting, she said:

“Opposition parties are giving a clear message that the Government’s school cuts are unsustainable. ATL applauds the Liberal Democrats’ promise to reverse those cuts, ensure funding for every pupil is protected in real terms, and to give a new funding formula the resources it needs to succeed for all schools and all pupils. If the party elected to govern on 8 June doesn’t make, and enact, such a commitment then children will lose out with a narrower curriculum, less support for disadvantaged pupils and those with mental health problems, fewer staff and resources.

“We commend the promise to provide resources for early years education to address pre-existing disadvantages.

“As well as full and fair funding for all schools, we want:

  • enough teachers and support staff being recruited, trained and retained;
  • local planning of school places to ensure an increasing number of pupils can be educated in a great school close to home;
  • a serious attempt to address the causes of poor mental health amongst overworked pupils and staff; and
  • a widening of pupil opportunities through high quality skills education in school and post-16 education and training.

“Any attempts to increase the quantity of apprenticeships or the number of providers, must be preceded by significant work to raise the quality of apprenticeships. This will require productive talks with the further education profession and learners.”

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Note to editors:

  • The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing approximately 170,000 teachers, headteachers, lecturers and support staff in maintained and independent nurseries, schools, sixth form, further and higher education colleges and universities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • ATL exists to help members, as their careers develop, through first rate research, advice, information and legal advice, and to work with government and employers to defend its members’ pay, conditions and career development.
  • ATL is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). ATL is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.
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