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Teacher to lead union for a year
A Bradford teacher has now taken up the reins of the national teaching union the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).
Alison Sherratt took up the position yesterday until August 31 next year.
Mrs Sherratt said that school had become too regimented at the expense of enjoying learning.
She added: “School days are too broken up into regimented tasks, with the days dictated by a strict timetable – maths at 9.30am, reading at 10am, spelling at 10.30am – with little room for changes to reflect how children learn and what’s best for specific children.
“And far too much of what is taught is based on what children are going to be tested on, which leaves little time to pick up children’s questions about other issues or explore topics of interest.”
Mrs Sherratt joined ATL in 1986, and has been on the Bradford branch committee since 1994.