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 Belfast
General Secretaries from 1978
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Thu, 05 Dec 2013 03:37:09 -0800
Mr Clegg's announcement has been widely welcomed, but the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) warned that the money should not come at the expense of other schools. “Hunger makes it hard for children to learn, so this should help. And it will ...
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 08:23:07 -0800
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) joins a growing number of organisations which endorse the campaign, including (to name but a few) the National Union of Teachers, the National Association of Head Teachers, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers ...
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Mon, 02 Dec 2013 07:56:15 -0800
... home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena, were joined by 17 city partners including Virgin Trains, Hilton Liverpool and PJ Chauffeurs. Clients included NHS Confederation, the Royal College of Nursing and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 04:06:38 -0800
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers in Wales has described the PISA results as 'grim', but said changing policy could be perilous. We should not pretend that this result is anything but bad news. While we have shown a modest improvement in our ...
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 01:39:57 -0800
Supporters of the campaign include the Accord Coalition, Professor Ted Cantle and the iCoCo Foundation, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, British Muslims for Secular Democracy, the Campaign for State Education, the Centre for Studies on ...
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 01:56:15 -0800
Kathy Eagar, Association of Teachers and Lecturers executive member, said: “The dangers of Vale becoming an academy would be the potential impact to our local children and young people. “The local authority ensures the provision of services such as ...
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 03:55:44 -0800
But his comments were heavily criticised by Mary Bousted, general secretary of the UK's Association of Teachers and Lecturers, who warned Mr Gove against adopting policies from across the Atlantic. "Joel Klein needs to look very closely at what's ...
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 23:19:24 -0800
Ralph Surman, of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers union, also leapt to the defence of the schools and academies. "These inspections are completely unjustified," said Mr Surman, who has wide experience of working in Nottingham schools. "I ...
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