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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 report by the BBC has considered the admission policies for the 163 grammar schools in England and highlighted that 90 of the schools do not give priority to pupils eligible for free school meals.
With an increasing number of schools being maintained by multi-academy trusts (MATs), there is a real need to ensure public and regulator confidence in the effectiveness of MATs; both educationally and organisationally.
In examining what effective accountability looks like, Browne Jacobson’s report on the future of our school system (published this week) has highlighted the importance of local communities.
At a recent roundtable hosted by Browne Jacobson attended by key education sector stakeholders there was a real feeling that the regulatory system schools face “is not joined up at the moment”.
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