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Teachers at the annual conference of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) have voted unanimously to urge ministers to scrap their plans for performance related pay, and re-instate the former national pay structure.
This vote comes hot on the heels of the announcement last week that the two largest teaching unions would strike later this year, with the implementation of performance related pay being central to their decision. The ATL, considered to be the most moderate of the teachers organisations, has held back from such a move, arguing that their membership had not expressed a desire to follow suit. Whilst reports from their conference suggest that the membership is increasingly unhappy with the changes, the organisation continues to hold back from advocating strike action.
This development confirms our present view that the wider profession does not want to strike, but is the tide turning?
A mixed picture is emerging across England of the number of children who were allocated a place at one of their preferred schools.
The majority of the Education and Adoption Act comes into force today. A revised version of Schools Causing Concern, statutory guidance on school intervention, also takes effect.
For many, school and academy finances remain incredibly tight and therefore there remains a constant pressure to find savings and efficiencies.
One outcome from the recent teachers’ conferences is a call for single sex schools to be better prepared to accommodate trans-gender pupils.
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