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
Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ALT) Tour of Bakewell Old House Museum.wmv
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Teachers union vs British Chambers of Commerce on strikes (30Jun11)
Mary Bousted from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (public sector) versus the British Chambers of Commerce David Frost (private sector) on the strikes by public sector and the reform...
Stress of Teaching in the UK School System
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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.
Teachers Condemn Fine Proposal
More than one in five school staff have had a false allegation made against them by a pupil, according to a survey. A further 7% said they have been wrongly accused by a student's parent or...
Teachers TV: Performance Management
This episode of Careerwise explores the new model of performance management and appraisals, with debate and discussion from a number of high profile educationalists. Susan Tranter, headteacher.
Teachers vote to strike
Delegates at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in Liverpool pass a resolution condemning plans which they say would see them work longer, pay more and receive less when they ...
The Knowledge: Faith Schools
With a growing debate on the relevance of faith schools in a modern Britain increasingly concerned with the problems of religious segregation, John Waters talks to Alison Ryan from the Association...
TUSC Public Meeting 230713 - Hank Roberts, ATL
Hank Roberts, Association of Teachers and Lecturers National President and Brent ATL Secretary (speaking in a personal capacity). Hank gave an inspiring talk on the power of the working to...
Public Service Workers Strike over pensions, pay and job cuts Chelmsford Essex 30 June 2011
National Union of Teachers (NUT), Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), University and College Union (UCU), Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), and unite, demonstrate and march.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 03:57:45 -0700
Schools may be getting the same budgets as last year but costs are rising, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers annual conference was told. "How many times have you heard that education funding is protected?" asked delegate Robin Bevan. "It is not ...
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:56:05 -0700
Such values are ill-defined and vulnerable to misinterpretation, argued Southend head teacher, Robin Bevan. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) voted to monitor the policing of the requirement, introduced in England by the government last ...
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:36:22 -0700
Speaking at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL's) conference in Liverpool, Mr Hunt said: "We can begin the process of 'mass devolution' where important powers over professional standards, quality assurance, curriculum development and peer ...
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:53:44 -0700
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) told teachers at the union's conference in Liverpool: "Teachers are leaving in their first year, or not starting teaching when they have completed their training ...
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:26:59 -0700
Some headteachers pay themselves "excessive salaries", which previously would have been impossible, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) annual conference in Liverpool heard. However, changes to the system, which have seen many ...
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:52:30 -0700
More children have mental health issues than two years ago, a survey of school teachers suggests. More than half of 850 staff surveyed by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) agreed more pupils had developed problems. On Monday, the ATL's ...
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:43:40 -0700
The motion – to be raised at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) next week - will also call for “a significant pay rise” for teachers as it claims teachers “have lost the equivalent of 15 per cent in their salaries” in real terms over the ...
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:39:43 -0700
Teachers at the annual conference of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers have been expressing concern about promoting British values as the Department for Education has called on schools “actively” to do. One head suggests it could backfire.
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