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A blog from ATL

Is pastoral care damaged beyond repair?

When I did my PGCE Every Child Matters was everywhere. But in the intervening years, much damage has been done to pastoral care and support for children
Broken pencil and test sheet

PISA – what’s the point?

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-olds. But are the results meaningful?
Storm clouds

FE can expect another year of tumult and stress

There’s no doubt that teachers, lecturers, support staff and principals in FE colleges would welcome a period of respite, but there will be no let-up in 2017.
Payslip with money

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.
Workload charter

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.
Boxers illustration

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.
Piggy bank

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.
Desks in a classroom

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.