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A blog from ATL

This budget does nothing to make it easier to trust government on education

In a weakening global economy, people will rightly ask how the British government is providing opportunity for them. A high quality education system benefits everyone.

Primary school teachers go above and beyond to give their children the best

If the recent media coverage of the new primary school assessment and testing arrangements are anything to go by you would think that primary schools are pretty horrible places to be right now.

Should I stay or should I go?

Trainee and newly qualified teachers are full of energy and good intentions to be the best teacher they can be for their pupils. Will this enthusiasm be converted into a skilled teacher, who continues to learn and gain experience, so they become an educational leader in their own right?

Unhelpful scaremongering?

I hope all the teachers reading this column had a relaxing half term, busy doing nothing, and certainly not ticking pupil progress data boxes.

Counting the other costs of baseline assessment

Who knew that a test for four-year-olds could be so expensive?

It’s like coming home with a poor school report and the admonishment ‘must try harder’

One of AMiE's goals is to highlight what effective leadership looks like, to help raise the standard of leadership and management practice.

Gardening on the curriculum

On Friday afternoon I had the pleasure of visiting Grassmoor Primary School in Chesterfield and I wanted to share some of what I saw.

Times tables tests - as easy as 1, 2, 3?

Yesterday Nicky Morgan announced that in 2017 every 11 year old child will take an online test to check that they know their times tables up to 12 x 12. This test will be piloted this summer with 3,000 children.

Workload on the front line

Workload and work life balance is a prominent issue of discussion among educational professionals. The government seems to have taken very little notice of their own Workload Challenge survey, which 40,000 professionals took time and trouble to complete. Ignoring such an enormous response seems dismissive of the profession.

Control + Delete: Why the government shouldn't get rid of ICT

The Department for Education (DfE) recently sneaked out an announcement (hidden in a consultation), that GCSE and A level ICT will be axed.