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Full name Association of Teachers and Lecturers
Founded 1978 (1978) (merger of AAM and AMA)
Members 198,102 (2013)[1]
Affiliation EI, TUC, ICTU
Key people
Office location London, England
Country United Kingdom
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 Manchester

General Secretaries from 1978[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

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BBC News
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 ...

BBC News

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:00:04 -0700

Research conducted by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) found that 51% of members knew of a young carer who helped look after a member of their family who is sick, disabled or has mental health problems; or who is misusing drugs or ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:01:22 -0700

Almost half of new teachers leave the profession in their first year because of an excessive workload, say union leaders. The number has tripled in six years, according to an analysis of figures by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL). They ...
Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:30:15 -0800

Both the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) say any teacher that abuses their position of trust should face the full force of the law. But both unions say they also have serious concerns about the ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Mon, 06 Apr 2015 11:23:01 -0700

A “super-union” of more than 450,000 teachers could be created after the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers revealed that talks over “joint working” were taking place between the two unions. Delegates at the NUT's ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 23:00:36 -0700

Mary Bousted, the general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) said: “This crisis is happening right at the very start of teachers' careers. Teachers are leaving in their first year, or not starting teaching when they have ...


Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:03:45 -0700

Teachers are struggling to cope with an influx of foreign students speaking a total of 300 different languages, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has said. Children taking exams. One in six primary school pupils in England do not have English ...


Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:52:30 -0700

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said the “crisis” of primary school places is so dire that in many cases schools rely on portable classrooms, music rooms and dining halls to “shoehorn” extra ...

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