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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?
The key issue for the Supreme Court to decide is the definition of ‘attending school regularly’ for the purposes of the Education Act 1996.
The MAC has published its findings, and concluded that secondary education teachers in maths, physics, computer science, Mandarin, modern foreign language and science could be considered as being in shortage.
Concerns about the ability of school age children to deal with modern realities of online porn, cyber-bulling and sexting has led to the strongest indication that the government may be ready to bow to pressure and change the law.
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.
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