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The future of teachers’ pay in Wales

In the run up to the Assembly elections in May, there was much talk by the First Minister and others of the need to devolve teachers’ pay and conditions to Wales.

A happy New Year for primary assessment?

This time twelve months ago, then Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan decided to mark the New Year by announcing a new primary assessment: the multiplication check.
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New agreement could slash teacher workload

If we don’t do something about teacher workload, we’re not going to have enough good teachers and teaching assistants in Nottingham City.
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FE in Wales: we keep rolling with the punches

The ever-changing landscape of Further Education keeps everyone who works in the sector on their toes, argues ATL Cymru President Lesley Tipping.

Will area reviews fix the skills gap?

The government recently published guidance for the Review of Post-16 Education and Training - known as the area reviews. At 60 pages long, and with more detail to follow, this document indicates the complexity of reconfiguring the post-16 sector.
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Teacher apprenticeships – a solution or threat?

As anyone currently struggling to hold school or household budgets together knows, money talks; key to whether bills can be paid, resources invested in, demands met.
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Are SEND students being let down?

This question was asked at ATL conference in 2016. As the results of our SEND survey show, clearly there is still a long way to go in making sure pupils with SEND get the support that they need to thrive.

If you want to attract and retain teachers be more human and less corporate

Teachers are becoming gold dust, partly because there isn’t enough gold dust sprinkled into their pay packets to reward them for the job they do and the hours they work. 
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Together, we will work to have a stronger voice for education

At a special conference on the 5 November this year, ATL delegates voted to ballot ATL members in the new year, about the creation of a new union, the National Education Union (NEU). NUT delegates made the same decision, on the same day.
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Is your school ready for the apprenticeship levy?

This blogpost marks the first in a series examining the impact of the government’s apprenticeship reforms on the education sector, and discussing ways in which schools and colleges can respond.