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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.
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How are the SATs expected standards set?

The key stage 2 test results this year look very different to results in previous years. The curriculum being assessed is different, the tests are different and the reporting of results are different. At ATL we thought you might be interested in understanding how the standard was set for each test.

Disrespectful baseline steals children's creative and imaginative expression

In all the arguments about whether or not reception baseline assessment is accurate or not, what is not discussed is that it is deeply disrespectful to young children and their families and their teachers.

Why I joined ATL

We asked some of our trainee and NQ members to tell us why they joined ATL. Here's what they said.

Replacing QTS with accreditation will be a disaster

Bolstered by the National Audit Office and Public Accounts Committee, the voices of the sector have finally been heard by government, which has finally acknowledged the teacher recruitment and retention crisis.
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Ending QTS will damage morale

If you were following the coverage of TUC Congress earlier this week, you could be forgiven for thinking only one education issue was on the agenda: grammar schools.

Education for some, disruption for all

Ralph Surman, ATL's National Officer for Policy, examines some of the issues raised from the ATL fringe at TUC2016 in Brighton.

Dangers of excessive workloads

Shelagh Hirst, ATL president, puts the issue of excessive workloads under the spotlight at TUC Congress 2016.