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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IEE Conference 2014
Keynote speech by Mary Bousted, General Secretary of the teachers' union, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, at the IEE Conference on 20 March 2014.
The Knowledge: Faith Schools
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Teachers vote to strike
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Children 'not toilet trained and school support staff are forced to teach them', says
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Education Secretary addresses ATL conference. Part 1 of 3
Education Secretary, Alan Johnson, addressed delegates at this year's annual conference for teachers' union, The association of Teachers and Lecturers.
The Guardian (blog)
The Guardian (blog)
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 06:08:57 -0800
Teachers in private schools are working longer hours this year for little extra pay, according to a recent survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL). The research also finds that the number of students attending private schools has ...
Sat, 08 Nov 2014 01:35:07 -0800
Figures show a bounce in pupil admissions this year as rising numbers of parents prioritise independent schools on the back of improvements in the economy, it emerged. An annual report by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers found that almost half ...
Sun, 09 Nov 2014 22:03:45 -0800
A report from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers reveals the number of pupils at private schools is rising at its fastest rate since the financial crash of 2008. All this, despite those well-publicised fee hikes. I'm not surprised in the ...
Mon, 03 Nov 2014 21:57:17 -0800
Almost half of college lecturers in Wales are unaware they will have to register with a new body responsible for upholding classroom standards next year, according to a new survey. A poll conducted by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL ...
Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:27:59 -0800
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, added: “We agree with Nicky Morgan about the importance of maths and science subjects: that they keep young people's options open and unlock doors to many careers.
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:01:15 -0800
Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, criticised the decision to expand the scheme. “At a time when we are all exhorted to tighten our belts and accept cuts to vital services, the government is investing millions ...
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:44:14 -0700
The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has become the latest education union to affiliate with the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The news that the NAHT will join the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), National Union of Teachers ...
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:58:35 -0700
A recent example surfaced at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in Manchester, where delegate Malcolm St John-Smith, from Wakefield, sought to show how the pressure on teachers from Ofsted and league tables had failed to improve ...
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