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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?
Recent Department for Education (DfE) statistics show that 430 children between the ages of five and eleven were given fixed period or permanent exclusions from their schools in the 2014-15 academic year because of racist behaviour.
The Department for Education (DfE) have published the second stage of their consultation on school funding. The aim is to avoid the 'postcode lottery' of the current system and have a broad national funding formula that creates greater equity amongst all schools.
The latest annual survey of school leaders carried out by Browne Jacobson and ASCL has found that 31% of school leaders have reported an increase in the number of applications for term time absences since the Platt v Isle of Wight case.
The Browne Jacobson and ASCL School Leaders’ Survey 2016 has found that more than three-quarters of school leaders (78%) have experienced no significant difficulties in implementing the Prevent Duty.
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