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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 recent survey has revealed that 59% of primary school leaders have faced negative comments or abuse from parents on social media over the past year.
Calls to the NSPCC's Childline service from children and young people about online bullying has increased by 88% over five years - some 4,500 children.
The High Court has found that teaching boys and girls separately does not amount to a breach of equality legislation.
Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of Ofsted, has today warned that pupils with behaviour problems are vulnerable to being offloaded into ‘illegal schools’.
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