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ATL comment on primary assessment proposals

30 March 2017
Commenting on the Government’s proposals for primary assessments, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “ATL welcomes today’s proposals that could see the end of national tests for seven-year-olds.

ATL comment on Public Accounts Committee report on financial sustainability of schools

29 March 2017
Commenting on the report on the financial sustainability of schools by the Public Accounts Committee, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:

ATL comment on benchmark ‘pass’ grade for the new GCSEs

28 March 2017
Commenting on the pass grade for the new GCSEs, Association of Teachers and Lecturers general secretary (ATL), Dr Mary Bousted, said: 

ATL comment on launch of LocatED

28 March 2017
Mary Bousted comments on the launch of LocatED.

ATL comment on behaviour in schools

24 March 2017
Commenting on the report on behaviour in schools by Tom Bennett, the Department for Education’s adviser on behaviour in schools, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:

Historic step forward: ATL and NUT to form a new union

22 March 2017
Today, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) announced that members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining to form a new union*. The union will be called the National Education Union.

Government is right that a new funding formula for schools is needed, say education unions

22 March 2017
Today (Wednesday 22 March) education unions ATL, NAHT and NUT have written an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May urging her to stick to plans to develop a new national funding formula for schools, and to ensure sufficient funding is provided to invest in education.

ATL comment on ONS report on national suicide rates

17 March 2017
Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary for policy at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “The statistics give a hard edge to the stories we hear time and again from our members - that they are exhausted from the constant stress of never feeling they are on top of their workload and that they feel expected to devote every minute of their lives to their work.

ATL comment on EPI Report of the impact of the National Funding Formula

17 March 2017
Commenting on the Education Policy Institute’s (EPI) report on the impact of the National Funding Formula (NFF), Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:

Schools need more funding, not a revised new funding formula

13 March 2017
Commenting on the letter to the Prime Minister from the f40 group, Association of Teachers and Lecturers general secretary, Dr Mary Bousted, said: “The proposed national funding formula is not the problem causing the crisis in school budgets. The problem we have is that there is just not enough money in the overall funding settlement.