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A blog from ATL

Millions have been wasted on failed baseline. It's time to listen to ATL members

Last week, education secretary Nicky Morgan appeared before the Education Select Committee to defend some of the controversial proposals in the white paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere.

The 2011-16 political mandate: how did they do?

As the devolved political mandate 2011-16 comes to a close, what has been achieved? Overall, the Assembly passed 67 pieces of legislation and 5 private members bills, few of them notable, and survived several existential challenges.

Did Nick Gibb tell teachers to teach to the test?

Last Monday ATL welcomed School’s Minister Nick Gibb to our annual conference. He agreed to take part in a question and answer session with Gerard Kelly.

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.