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
Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ALT) Tour of Bakewell Old House Museum.wmv
The A.L.T. visited the Bakewell Old House Museum on Thursday 22nd September, enjoying a guided Tour by John Cooper and refreshments prepared by our wonderful...
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.
Stress of Teaching in the UK School System
Signup for StressControl Lite for free at: http://www.stresscontrolsystem.co.uk/use-stresscontrol-free/ Stress of Teaching School teachers in the UK are suff...
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 strik...
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, ...
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 ta...
Children 'not toilet trained and school support staff are forced to teach them', says
Children 'not toilet trained and school support staff are forced to teach them', says teachers' study Stress of dealing with children who have 'accidents' ad...
Beware of Thine own Children
'Infants 'unable to use toy building blocks' due to iPad addiction' "The Association of Teachers and Lecturers warn that rising numbers of children are unabl...
Public Service Workers Strike over pensions, pay and job cuts Chelmsford Essex 30 June 2011
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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.
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:52:30 -0700
Reported budget cuts of some £850m - £1 in every £10 - will have a devastating impact on Northern Ireland. Nobody envies Simon Hamilton his task of balancing the books, but if cutbacks are not handled strategically, our most vulnerable will suffer.
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 09:30:39 -0700
Last year the right-wing think-tank Reform said teaching assistants were not an effective use of school budgets. But the review was welcomed by Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. "Teaching assistants are ...
World Socialist Web Site
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Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:15:00 -0700
The miserly deal had previously been agreed by Unison, Unite, GMB, and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. At the October 18 rally, the trade union leaders spoke, not surprisingly, as though they have had nothing to do with the onslaught on ...
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, 15 Oct 2014 06:26:08 -0700
Dr Mary Bousted, the general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), welcomed the fall in pupil absence levels, but raised concerns about the disproportionate rate of absence among children with special educational needs (SEN), ...
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:14:16 -0700
Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: “There is obviously a tug of war going on between the Lib Dems and the Tories about who can take credit for noticing that teachers have a high workload. “Workload is ...
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:58:47 -0700
Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, added she was pleased that the coalition was finally taking teachers' workloads seriously. 'It is a tragedy that for so long teachers and school leaders have felt pressurised ...
The Wall Street Transcript
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:45:00 -0700
The proposals have been developed in consultation with the LifeSkills Advisory Council and stakeholders representing the voluntary sector, education and business, including the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), the Federation of Small ...
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