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 strik...
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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...
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, ...
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)...
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...
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.
Birmingham Rally on June 30 Day of Action in Defence of Pensions
David Kinnen, Executive Member of ATL, speaking in defence of public sector pensions. This was the first time in 127 years that the Association of Teachers a...
LIB DEM CONFERENCE HEARS CALLS TO CLOSE "CURRICULUM CHASM"
Tuesday September 18, Brighton: Speaking at an Edge debate at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference, Andy Ballard of the Association of Teachers and Lecturer...
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:00:43 -0800
Almost three quarters (73%) of trainee and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) have considered leaving the profession, according to a new survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. Heavy workloads are wreaking havoc among new recruits as 76% of ...
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:11:15 -0800
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: "This report makes essential reading. It exposes the truth of the matter: this coalition government's obsession with school structures has not transformed ...
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 18:26:15 -0800
Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said questions about reliability had "dogged Ofsted since it was set up in 1992". "It is incomprehensible that Ofsted has waited 23 years to investigate whether or not its ...
Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:08:53 -0800
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said policies nededs to be based “upon sound evidence regarding teaching and learning, building consensus amongst the profession and piloting proposals before they are ...
Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:07:30 -0800
Recently the Association of Teachers and Lecturers in the UK revealed that their members are being forced to manipulate results and rewrite work for students in the face of growing pressure to achieve attainment targets. In June it was reported that ...
Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:11:15 -0800
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said the NAO findings made for troubling reading. “It is simply not good enough for the DfE to hypothesise academy spending for over half of the academic year because ...
Tue, 06 Jan 2015 16:02:22 -0800
Predominantly among girls but also among boys as well,” Caroline Kolek, spokeswoman for Association of Teachers and Lecturers told the BBC. “We've lost our emotional well-being workers who used to come into schools. We've lost youth workers and there ...
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 09:32:22 -0800
Almost two thirds of teachers in Wales think national reading and numeracy tests are “not fit for purpose”, a new poll has found. A study conducted by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) Cymru uncovered a number of flaws in the nation's ...
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