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ATL responds to Ofsted reliability report

07 March 2017
Commenting on the Ofsted reliability report, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “Ofsted is to be commended for initiating research into the reliability of its inspection judgements and this report is welcome as a first step.

Government should give all schools sufficient funding, not throw money at a chosen few

07 March 2017
Instead of throwing more money at free schools and grammar schools, more children would benefit if the Government funded all state schools sufficiently, argues the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

ATL ballots members over forming a new union with NUT

03 March 2017
Ballot papers have gone out this week to Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ (ATL) members around the country to vote on forming a new education union with the National Union of Teachers (NUT). Members of the two unions are being asked to cast their vote in separate ballots to decide whether they want to form the largest education union in the UK of more than 450,000 members.

ATL comment on Ministers announcement for compulsory relationship and sex education lessons in secondary schools

01 March 2017
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “We particularly welcome this announcement as we have long called for compulsory relationship and sex education to be taught in our schools.

ATL comment on secondary school places

01 March 2017
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “We hope parents across the country manage to get a secondary school place for their child tomorrow. But with the number of secondary pupils increasing, we fear more children will be disappointed and not get their first choice of school. 

ATL comment on Education Select Committee report into multi-academy trusts (MATs)

28 February 2017
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “The Government must heed the Select Committee’s warnings. Too many MATs have grown too quickly and have proved themselves unable to provide effective and timely support to their schools. The Department for Education’s (DfE’s) own research shows that over half the MATs under, or seriously underperform at GCSE level.

ATL comment on the Institute for Fiscal Studies - Long-run comparisons of spending per pupil across different stages of education

27 February 2017
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “The 14% cut in school spending identified by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) is happening at a time of unprecedented change in our schools. 

ATL comment on the Social Mobility Commission research report

27 February 2017
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “This deeply upsetting Social Mobility Commission research shows that the Government continues to fail large numbers of children by ignoring the effect of poverty on their educational attainment.

DfE’s long-awaited workload report shows us nothing new - ATL

24 February 2017
ATL general secretary Dr Mary Bousted says the DfE workload report only shows us what we already know - and the government needs to do more to accept responsibility.

New teachers already demotivated about teaching at the start of their careers

23 February 2017
Three-quarters of trainee and student and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) say they have already considered leaving the teaching profession, according to a survey by ATL.