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Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL)
ATL union logo.png
Full name Association of Teachers and Lecturers
Founded 1978 (merger of AAM and AMA)
Members 121,425[1]
Country United Kingdom
Affiliation Education International, Trades Union Congress, Irish Congress of Trade Unions
Key people Hank Roberts, President
Mary Bousted, General Secretary
Office location London, England
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 Belfast

General Secretaries from 1978[edit]

See also[edit]



External links[edit]

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42 news items

The Guardian

The Independent
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:52:30 -0700

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “David Hoare has already shown a positive interest in the development of children through his recent work. He quickly needs to address the pressure placed on ...

Isle of Man Today

Isle of Man Today
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:41:15 -0700

And Andrew Shipley of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers said it was totally unacceptable' and was most likely to put the union in dispute with government. Fire brigade union regional secretary Les Scarratts said his members were concerned about ...

The Independent

The Independent
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:00:00 -0700

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers warned that teachers gift-giving was becoming over commercialised and competitive and said that teachers' most treasured gifts were cards or pictures made by pupils. The ATL said the most popular gifts among ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:06:42 -0700

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said she was taken aback by the willingness to engage. "It is just so refreshing to see that this consultation will be opened to teachers, and to hear that ministers now want ...

Isle of Man Today

Isle of Man Today
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0700

Association of Teachers and Lecturers Isle of Man branch secretary Andrew Shipley told the Manx Independent: 'Teachers will rise to the challenge of implementation but resources need to be in place, as well as appropriate training. 'We are pleased that ...

The Independent

Financial Times
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:53:12 -0700

Mary Bousted, head of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said “ideological drive” was not a substitute for “measured, pragmatic reform. Gove was more of a liability than an asset,” she said. Early in the coalition's tenure, teachers' antipathy ...
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:33:45 -0700

In fact, is has become such a phenomenon that the Association of Teachers and Lecturers have called for a truce. It follows news that at one school in Cardiff, a teacher was given a five star hotel break with a meal and spa treat from his class in ...

Bristol Post

Bristol Post
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:34:47 -0700

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers said earlier this year that school staff needed more training to help them identity and protect girls at risk. Mr Clegg is set to tell the Girl Summit being hosted by the government and the United Nations ...

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