View the new DfE workload video and take action on workload today.

As a result of national pressure from the National Education Union and other unions, the DfE has launched a workload toolkit encouraging school leaders to work with staff to eliminate unnecessary activities.

Together with the NEU, it has also produced a video focussing on reducing the burden of planning.

A staggering 81% of teachers said they have considered leaving teaching in the last year because of the pressures of workload, according to our survey of over 8,000 teachers.

Together we will build an education system of which we can all be proud.

Our funding campaign has put school cuts firmly on the political agenda, and our workload campaigns have helped members up and down the country take control of their working lives.

We will continue to fight for a fairly-funded education system, with highly trained and qualified teachers and educational professionals who have manageable workloads, fair pay and good working conditions.

Download our guide to National Education Union campaigns now.

Workload tracker

Use the ATL section’s work-life tracker to track your work-life balance, your working hours and the major drivers of your workload. See how you compare to others. We’ll give you the help and advice you need, and use your information to inform our campaign and discussions with government.




Invest, don’t cut

imnageAs the dust settles on the General Election it is clear that the Conservatives do not have the support of the country for their promises on education.

We call on the next Government to invest in our children and pledge more funding for schools.

Download our manifesto for England. Click for more resources.


Something has gone wrong with education

  • It is underfunded
  • There are not enough teachers
  • Testing takes precedence over learning

And worse is threatened

  • Prolonged cuts to schools
  • Deeper poverty
  • More selection and fewer opportunities
What we say: What you can do:
Implementing the Conservative manifesto commitment would cut schools funding by £8.9bn in real terms, between now and 2022. Ninety-three per cent of schools would suffer per-pupil funding cuts by 2022.

One of the first acts of the new Government should be to publish its response to the fair funding consultation. But on current plans, unless the Government puts in new resources, this will lead to cuts in almost all schools.

This will mean: Fewer teachers. Larger classes. Less subject choice. Cuts in after-school activities. Fewer teaching assistants. Nursery schools closing. The very young, the poor and those with special needs and disabilities will be worst affected.

  • Find out how much schools in your community will lose at
  • Ask your MP to pledge to oppose school cuts.
  • Ask them to send a message of support to the school cuts campaign.


What we say: What you can do:
We are the sixth largest economy in the world yet our levels of child poverty are shocking. More than four million children grow up in poverty – 30 per cent of all children. With cuts and austerity, this number is rising. Poor children do not learn as well as better-off children. Hunger affects concentration. Parents in poverty do not easily find the money for trips, books and other essentials.
  • Find out if your MP supported the benefit cuts which affected so many families and, if they did, ask them why.
  • Ask if they have talked to teachers and heads about what they can do to stop families falling into poverty.

Increasing selection

What we say: What you can do:
The Government wants to expand grammar schools and selective education. Research – by an organisation the Government supports – says the highest-performing systems in the world are non-selective. Selection for the few is rejection for the many. Theresa May has no mandate for expanding selection at 11 and should immediately abandon this misguided policy.
  • Ask your MP to oppose increasing selection and opening new grammar schools or streams.
  • If they are in favour, ask them for evidence to support their policy.


What we say: What you can do:
Most students like school and teachers want to teach. But unnecessary and high-stakes testing and exams get in the way of education. The curriculum has narrowed. The arts, technical and vocational education find it harder to keep their place. Primary and secondary schools are teaching to the test. Problems of stress and mental health are rising – for students and teachers. There are better alternatives. Powerful voices are calling for a new approach, that learns from other countries, and addresses the future not the past.
  • Ask your MP to support More than a Score, a coalition of parents, teachers and educators that campaigns against SATs and for a different primary assessment system.
  • Ask them to support a change in secondary schools so creative subjects are valued equally to others.