The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has warned the government that its plans to cut down on bureaucracy...
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has warned the government that its plans to cut down on bureaucracy would not satisfy teachers' concerns over workload. A resolution to the association s annual assembly calls for a ballot on industrial action if necessary to reduce the stress on primary teachers.
ATL's warning came as the DfEE published its plans to 'cut through red tape' to give teachers more time to teach. Peter Smith, the general secretary of ATL, said: 'The plans are valuable but cosmetic. ATL's position has traditionally been moderate and its members do not willingly resort to strikes. But this government has now been in office for eight months and it has failed to deliver on its manifesto pledges. It cannot trade on last year's euphoria and there is a frustration building up amongst teachers who want to see the promises translated into reality.
'The government must take their concerns seriously - it should not lose the goodwill of those teachers who are the most reluctant to take industrial action. If it is serious about relieving the demands on teachers, it should be reducing class sizes and ending the climate of fear created by 'name and shame' policies which send teachers on an anxious paper chase.'