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A blog from ATL

Experiences of the new GCSEs and A levels, the story so far...

This summer, more new GCSEs and A levels will be awarded for the first time. Last summer, we ran a survey to get a clearer picture about our members’ experiences of the new exams so far. The results were not surprising, given (as our members said) the speed with which the reforms to the qualifications were rushed through.

Mental health awareness week

This year’s Mental Health Awareness week focuses on stress, a subject young people are all too familiar with. With mental health issues on the rise we need to look at the root cause of why so many students are finding it difficult to cope.
Teacher sitting with head in hand

SEND crisis: A teacher's perspective

There are days I go home and cry after school. I am failing my children. Is it because I don’t know how to support them? Is it because I haven’t got the right equipment? Is it because I don’t care?

Get ready to Flamingle!

I always return to work after the Easter holidays a little more refreshed than after any other holiday.

Ministers must act to help the 'invisible children' in our schools

April 2018 has been described as “the end of the beginning” for the SEND Code of Practice reform, in that (theoretically) all children with statements should now have transferred onto Education Health and Care Plans.

Checkmate!

James Corrigan, from Chess in Schools and Communities, tells us why chess should be played in every school.

Delaying the award of qualified teacher status – a risk too far?

The consultation on strengthening QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) finishes today and while strengthening the profession is indeed vital against the current backdrop of teacher shortage, the devil has certainly been in the detail.

We need to stem the crisis in SEND

If you work with children you may be familiar with a 'what if?' conversation. These conversations can often assist professionals to establish if a child or children are at risk of harm, and if they need to raise a safeguarding 'cause for concern'.

The shadow of Section 28

Thirty years ago Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 became law. This short clause - less than two hundred words - impacted upon the education of millions of British people. It prevented schools from “promoting” homosexuality or teaching “the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”.

How should we use technology in assessment and qualifications?

That’s the question Nansi Ellis, National Education Union policy AGS, came away with from last Friday’s Westminster Education Forum on the future of assessment and qualifications.