Position statement

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ATL's Equality Policy

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are integral core beliefs at ATL. These beliefs inform everything we do from policy decisions to national campaigns; ATL is committed to representing the diversity of its membership and the students they teach.

A vision for professionalism

Teaching is an intellectual and learning profession, based on a high degree of continually developing general and systematised knowledge.

Area Wide Reviews: Supporting information for ATL representatives

In July the government announced the 'Review of Post-16 Education and Training' (known as the Area Reviews). The objectives is to achieve 'clear, high quality professional and technical routes to employment, alongside academic routes' and 'better responsiveness to local employer need and economic priorities'.

The role of schools and colleges in addressing radicalisation

ATL believes that education should provide students with the tools to meet life's challenges, and help them to make a better world.

Tablets in schools

Until a few years ago, the emphasis in schools in Northern Ireland, in terms of ICT use, was on acquiring sufficient desktop or laptop computers to enable as many children as possible to be able to access these devices. However, within a relatively short period of time, tablet computers have become much more prevalent.

Primary School Assessment

ATL believes that it's time for the government to go back to the drawing board on primary assessment as a whole.

ATL Cymru: what about the poor learners?

ATL Cymru demands action to combat the effects of poverty on children.

Subject to change: new thinking on the curriculum

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers, representing over 160,000 staff in a variety of educational institutions, believes that its members' working lives are affected as much by education policies as by pay and condition decisions. The government determines what teachers teach, how they teach, and how learning is assessed, which together form the heart of a teacher's everyday working experience.

SEND Code of Practice

In September 2014 the SEND Code of Practice came into force.


The Department for Education (DfE) piloted the phonics test in approximately 300 schools in June 2011.