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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 results from the primary admissions offer day indicate that around 25% of parents did not receive an offer from their highest ranked school.
The Supreme Court has delivered its decision on the case involving the Isle of Wight and Mr Platt. This important case considered the meaning of regular attendance at school and arose from a decision taken by Mr Platt to take his child on an holiday during term-time.
It is important for schools to be attuned to what may be signs of mental illness and to understand the extent of their responsibility so that they can evidence that the proper duty of care has been shown.
1 March was National Offer Day for all secondary schools in England. It was also the day that the Sutton Trust produced a report on admissions which encouraged schools to adopt random allocation as a method of ensuring fairer and more comprehensive admissions to the top performing schools.
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