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Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL)
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Full name Association of Teachers and Lecturers
Founded 1978 (merger of AAM and AMA)
Members 121,425[1]
Country United Kingdom
Affiliation Education International, Trades Union Congress, Irish Congress of Trade Unions
Key people Hank Roberts, President
Mary Bousted, General Secretary
Office location London, England
Website www.atl.org.uk

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is a trade union, teachers' union and professional association, affiliated to the Trades Union Congress, in the United Kingdom representing educators from nursery and primary education to further education. Approximately 120,000 individuals belong to the union (apart from those professions included in the name, education support staff and teaching assistants are also members), making it the third largest teaching and education union in the UK. ATL has members throughout England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and British Service schools overseas.

Governance and administration[edit]

ATL is led by its Executive Committee who are assisted by a General Secretary. All senior officers and officials are elected by an Association wide ballot and the overall direction is determined by the Annual Conference which has delegates from each branch.

The ATL President serves a one-year term. From September 2009, Lesley Ward. From September 2010, Andy Brown. From September 2011, Alison Robinson. From September 2012, Hank Roberts is the President of ATL. The current ATL General Secretary is Dr Mary Bousted.


Striking teachers and public sector workers march down the Kingsway, London, flanked by police on June 17, as part of the 2011 United Kingdom anti-austerity protests.[2][3]

The origins of ATL go back to 1884 when 180 women met to create the Association of Assistant Mistresses (AAM). These women worked in schools founded for higher education of girls. Their concern was primarily for the pupils. However, in 1921, the AAM appointed representatives to the newly formed Burnham Committee on Salaries in Secondary Schools.

1891 saw the formation of the Association of Assistant Masters in Secondary Schools (AMA). Its purpose was to protect and improve the conditions of service of secondary teachers. Between 1899 and 1908 it played an influential part in obtaining security of tenure for assistant teachers through the Endowed Schools Act.

Then in 1978 AAM and AMA merged to form the Assistant Masters and Mistresses Association (AMMA) with a membership of approximately 75,000. The name was changed in 1993 to the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

ATL affiliated to the TUC in 1999.

In January 2011, the Association for College Management merged into ATL.[4]

Annual Conferences from 2009[edit]

  • 2009 Liverpool
  • 2010 Manchester
  • 2011 Liverpool
  • 2012 Manchester
  • 2013 Liverpool
  • 2014 Belfast

General Secretaries from 1978[edit]

See also[edit]



External links[edit]

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0700

The study by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers found that more than half of teachers in state schools – 57 per cent – had been faced with aggression from a pupil in the last 12 months while a quarter had been confronted by angry mothers or fathers.
BBC News
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:26:15 -0700

The NUT, Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) have now written to senator Gorst. "This is not the way to ensure the provision of a top quality education service for the young people of the island ...

The Guardian (blog)

The Guardian (blog)
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 03:59:38 -0700

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: “Sir Michael Wilshaw, in his Clint Eastwood mode, fires indiscriminately at teachers and leaders, wounding further the morale of staff.” We prefer John Wayne. Meanwhile ...

Western Morning News

Western Morning News
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:03:45 -0700

Union representatives in the South West have called for changes to accountability measures in education following the release of a new report into teaching workloads. Compiled by the National Union of Teachers' (NUT), the report asked more than 16,000 ...
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:33:45 -0700

A report from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, published earlier this month, found that threats and assaults were becoming a 'daily reality' for teachers. More than half of school staff had been attacked or intimidated by pupils or parents in ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 15:10:12 -0700

Former president of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers union, Alison Sherratt, who is a reception class teacher, blamed the rise of bad language, talking back and throwing tantrums on television soaps. She said: 'I have taught little ones aged ...

The Guardian (blog)

The Guardian (blog)
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:30:00 -0700

Photograph: pr. Mary Bousted, the general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, is not surprised private schools are developing their own qualifications. GCSE changes mean we are going backwards to a timed linear exam system, she says.


Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:41:08 -0700

Further education could be “devastated” by swingeing cuts which has seen the budget for adult learning slashed for the second year in a row, sector leaders have warned. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) in Wales warned that provision of ...

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