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
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.
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.
Annual Conferences from 2009
- 2009 Liverpool
- 2010 Manchester
- 2011 Liverpool
- 2012 Manchester
- 2013 Liverpool
- 2014 Manchester
General Secretaries from 1978
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Education Secretary, Alan Johnson, addressed delegates at this year's annual conference for teachers' union, The association of Teachers and Lecturers.
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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:13:08 -0700
But Suzanne Beckley, policy advisor at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers told Mirror Online that using a device in class could harm kids' learning. "It's a snappy marketing line for Apple but a shame they are encouraging children and young ...
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 06:02:26 -0700
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: "Whilst applauding all those who have received the grades they hoped for, we should also consider the 37% who did not get at least a grade C in maths and the ...
Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:20:24 -0700
Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, which is not part of the group: “Making marking a requirement or part of your professional practice is putting another expectation on teachers. I don't think that's going to ...
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:22:06 -0700
"Any parent comparing the independent and state league tables can see the top 200 independent schools outperform most state schools," he added. Mary Bousted, general secretary at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: "For many people these ...
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:29:33 -0700
But Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: 'We agree that all students need to be literate and numerate, however, making them re-sit their GCSEs until they get a C grade is completely demotivating.'.
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 05:25:34 -0700
Ash Ghouse, Birmingham spokesman for the Association Of Teachers and Lecturers, added: 'A blanket ban on absence and reliance on prosecuting parents is not the solution. 'It is common sense that a family with nine children would be more prone to ...
Thu, 13 Aug 2015 04:31:21 -0700
Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, welcomed the stability of this year's results compared with last year but raised concern about the decreasing opportunity for students to take more vocational subjects.
Wed, 12 Aug 2015 22:00:28 -0700
A teachers' leader has welcomed new stability in Wales' qualifications system as thousands of Welsh students prepare to pick up their A level results today. Dr Philip Dixon, director of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) Cymru, said ...
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