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ATL comment on Government plans to transform mental health support in schools

09 January 2017
Commenting on Government plans to transform mental health support in schools, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) said: “It is good that the Government has recognised the extent of the mental health issues affecting children and adults and is planning to do something about it.

Joint statement to the school teachers’ review body

06 January 2017
Joint statement from: Association of School and College Leaders, Association of Teachers and Lecturers, National Association of Head Teachers, National Union of Teachers, Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru and ​Voice.

ATL comment on State Pension Age (SPA) Review consultation response

03 January 2017
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “In responding to the Interim Report of John Cridland’s State Pension Review and consultation, ATL asks the Government to break the link between the State Pension Age (SPA) and the Teachers’ Pension Scheme Normal Pension Age (NPA).

School funding cuts worse than predicted. JAMs hit hardest as school budgets plummet - ATL & NUT Joint Release

03 January 2017
The cuts to funding for schools in England will be worse than expected and hit hardest the children in families that are ‘just about managing’, according to the NUT and ATL.

ATL comment on key stage 2 SATs results

15 December 2016
Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary for policy at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:   “Schools must not be judged on this year’s SATs results which were totally unreliable and were the culmination of a chaotic mess of badly implemented and badly designed tests.

Government funding formula fails to fund schools adequately - ATL

14 December 2016
The Government’s unfair funding formula fails to provide adequate funding for schools, says the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

ATL comment on National Audit Office report on financial sustainability of schools

14 December 2016
Adrian Prandle, Director of Economic Strategy and Negotiations at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:

ATL comment on EPI report ‘Grammar schools and social mobility - Further analysis of the government's policy options'

12 December 2016
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “Once again the Education Policy Institute have come up with the right questions about the government's desire to increase grammar schools.  The answers in their report must make uncomfortable reading for ministers.

Faulty and broken equipment and crumbling buildings force ATL to ballot members in Whitehaven Academy, Cumbria

09 December 2016
Mouldy carpets, leaking roofs, no heating, unsafe cookers and broken computers must be addressed by Whitehaven Academy sponsors the Bright Tribe Trust to avoid strike action by ATL members.

ATL comment on submission to the STRB

07 December 2016
Commenting on ATL’s submission to the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB), Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “In their last report the STRB said that if recruitment and retention didn’t improve then teachers would need an increase significantly higher than 1%. Well, things have not got better. In fact, they have got worse.