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I’m determined to make the education system in Wales a source of national pride

Kirsty Williams, the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Education, marks a year in the post.

What part should schools play in encouraging pupils to engage with politics?

Clare Kellett wonders how far education professionals can encourage political engagement in pupils.

How were the standards set for this year's KS1 SATs?

Anne Heavey demystifies the Standards and Testing Agency’s (STA) process.

In the few weeks left until the election, here are five things we can all do

Education is finally back on the political agenda, and with the funding crisis taking centre stage, there has never been a more important time for ATL members to get their voices heard.

Funding and training are key to the ALN Bill working (Wales)

In December the Welsh Government revealed their planned new law which will change the way children with additional learning needs (ALN) are given support within the education system.

Kacper, what’s photosynthesis in Polish?

When it comes to supporting learners who are new to English, it is good practice to pair these learners with articulate peers who can act as good language role-models. And when these able peers are bilingual themselves, they are often ideally placed to engage with new arrivals. But how best to recognise the contribution of 'Kacper' in the classroom?

We need to broaden the debate around primary assessment

Yesterday, the government finally published its long-awaited consultation on primary assessment. There is a lot in there and I fully recommend everyone with an interest in the topic reads the document in its entirety and responds.

What's worse than being a teacher in this system? Being a child at the mercy of it

“Seeing those lightbulb moments, helping children to achieve.” This is what our members say teaching should be: but workload pressures and government’s heavy hand in curriculum, assessment and accountability means that the reality is often very different. 

T-levels and the Skills Plan: how the NEU will fight for the education of all young people

Last July, the government announced the Skills Plan, a radical overhaul of technical (previously known as vocational) education.

Workload is the burning issue for recruitment and retention

As most of you will be aware from your own experience, there is a growing crisis in teacher recruitment and retention.