I hope you all managed to have a break during the summer and are settling into the new academic year. My year as AMiE president has started brilliantly. On my first day, the National Education Union was launched at an event attended by MPs and leading education figures in London. Then came the TUC Congress. I was part of the AMiE delegation, and, excitingly, had the opportunity to speak to a motion on post-16 education, which is where I have spent my 20-year education career.
The £1.3 billion extra school funding announced by education secretary Justine Greening last month was a victory for the collective campaigning by heads, unions and parents. Of sorts. As recognition among ministers that more cash is desperately needed, it was long overdue. It’s nowhere enough, of course. And we have made the point. But if the message was received by Government, then its next move shows it hasn’t exactly been understood.
Is there a recruitment and retention crisis in FE? The evidence - albeit anecdotal - is that there is. Earlier this year, AMiE director Mark Wright and I were asked by the Association of Colleges to deliver professional development workshops for FE college governors. I started each by asking: what are the most urgent issues that your college is dealing with at the moment? The answer was always the same - recruitment and retention and funding.
What does an award-winning senior leadership team look like? Sally Gillen went along to St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, which has won a National Teaching Award, to find out.
Author and former headteacher Dr Jill Berry talks through some things you might want to consider, and on 13 October she will be speaking at the annual national early headship conference.
Kirsty Williams, the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Education, marks a year in the post.
Clare Kellett wonders how far education professionals can encourage political engagement in pupils.
Anne Heavey demystifies the Standards and Testing Agency’s (STA) process.
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.
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.