Speak out!

A blog from ATL

Workload is the burning issue for recruitment and retention

As most of you will be aware from your own experience, there is a growing crisis in teacher recruitment and retention.
Small confused pupil

School funding figures don’t add up. We need a new union to solve the problem

Here’s a simple maths problem. Answer it as completely as you can, showing your workings.
Kids in drama class

Why I'm voting YES: I love my union

I was one of the first trainees under the School Direct scheme in 2013. During my training, I was lost - we didn’t fit well into the world of initial teacher education, and no one seemed to care. We were guinea pigs. I had an awful start to my NQ year and was on the verge of leaving teaching.
Children running in the playground

Why I'm voting YES: we need a strong and united voice

This is my 41st year working in primary education. I took early retirement from a headship eight years ago, but after unexpectedly losing my husband shortly after, I returned to the classroom as a specialist numeracy intervention teacher.
Teacher alone in empty school

Ministers won't tackle workload: we need the NEU to make a difference

Government appears to have a workload problem. Trying to leave the European Union, along with attempting to make sure that Britain has a strong future outside the EU, seems to be taking up everyone’s time.

You've been speaking out on baseline. The NEU would make your voice stronger

In the next few weeks we expect the Government to publish the consultation on assessment in primary schools that Justine Greening promised back in October.
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Why I'm voting YES: greater representation, credibility and clout

I have always enjoyed teaching and as an active ATL member, I enjoy being able to contribute to the education debate using the benefit of my 30-year experience as a teacher both in the state and the independent sector.
Asbestos

Take action to remove asbestos from our schools

In Norfolk, we have started a campaign to force the government to pay for the removal of asbestos in all schools. This is a joint education union campaign and we need your support.

We spoke and the government listened

By the end of March this year, every FE and Sixth Form College in England will have gone through the Area Review process, the aim of which has been to completely restructure skills education provision.
Protesting lady

The Northern Ireland teachers pay strike: money or choice?

The 30th November saw the first teachers strike since the 2010 Pension strike. ATL, with the Ulster Teachers Union and the Irish National Teachers Organisation balloted members for action in December.