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Full name Association of Teachers and Lecturers
Founded 1978 (1978) (merger of AAM and AMA)
Members 198,102 (2013)[1]
Affiliation EI, TUC, ICTU
Key people
Office location London, England
Country United Kingdom
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 Manchester

General Secretaries from 1978[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

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BBC News

BBC News
Mon, 11 May 2015 09:45:20 -0700

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), welcomed Mrs Morgan's commitment to tackling unnecessary workload. "We know that excessive workload is the key reason for teachers leaving the profession," said Dr ...

The Independent

The Independent
Wed, 20 May 2015 14:33:45 -0700

A letter signed by members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers warned that growing numbers of teachers would be quitting the profession if they were not given more freedom to teach and more support, to have the burden of bureaucracy lifted ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Sat, 02 May 2015 16:00:22 -0700

Fellow union, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), recently carried out a detailed analysis of Department for Education statistics that showed even newly qualified teachers were quitting the profession; almost two-fifths of teachers were ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Sun, 17 May 2015 23:30:21 -0700

... former education secretary Michael Gove, who had referred to elements of the teaching profession as “enemies of promise” and in turn received motions of no confidence from both the National Union of Teachers and Association of Teachers and Lecturers.

South Wales Evening Post

South Wales Evening Post
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 11:19:17 -0700

Dr Philip Dixon, Wales director of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: "It's very unfortunate that Professor Piercy needs to resort to cheap personal jibes. He obviously feels he cannot win an argument with his colleagues, and so resorts ...
Teaching Personnel
Wed, 13 May 2015 07:15:00 -0700

Ms Morgan's commitment to tackling the unnecessary workload of those in teaching jobs was welcomed by Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. Dr Bousted said the excessive workload was one of the main ...

Essex Chronicle

Essex Chronicle
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 23:33:45 -0700

Sue Wilson, regional official for the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: "ATL will fully support members at this very difficult time. The closure of the school will be unsettling and disruptive for all concerned, but staff, pupils and ...


Mon, 11 May 2015 10:37:30 -0700

... becoming Secretary of State for Education in 2010. But he's faced a difficult time over the past four years – with votes of no confidence by teaching unions the National Association of Head Teachers, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers ...

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