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 vote to strike
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Children 'not toilet trained and school support staff are forced to teach them', says
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LIB DEM CONFERENCE HEARS CALLS TO CLOSE "CURRICULUM CHASM"
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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, 28 Nov 2014 03:58:47 -0800
Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, told the Telegraph: "The feedback from heads around the country is that recruitment is a major issue, not just in English and maths but across most subjects. "The ...
Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:30:00 -0800
The games of 'leap frog' and 'British bulldog' were revealed to be banned in some schools, research by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers revealed. Other favourites such as conkers, marbles and tag were also in decline, with 14 per cent of ...
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:45:00 -0800
... failing to meet developmental milestones and requests would only be granted in "exceptional circumstances". A campaigning group led by parents' organisation ParentsOutLoud and union the Association of Teachers and Lecturers argue that the plans ...
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:36:27 -0800
Dr Philip Dixon, director of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers Cymru, said he was surprised and “deeply disturbed” by news that Mrs Gittins had left her post and that parents were not notified. He said: “Cardiff council need to get a hold of ...
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:22:30 -0800
The National Union of Teachers has done it, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has done it, and in September even a right-leaning think tank did it. But it is hard to see why any party leader would oblige. There is no conceivable political gain ...
Thu, 04 Dec 2014 16:01:31 -0800
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: “This is yet another example of money being poured into politicians' pet projects, with much of it lost to children's education. There is no accountability and ...
Thu, 04 Dec 2014 10:25:05 -0800
The unions, including the National Union of Teachers (NUT), the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), represent more than 90 per cent of all teachers in the county.
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:02:29 -0800
General Secretary, Association of Teachers and Lecturers. Alison Balsom. Kathryn Tickell. Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy. Bob and Roberta Smith, Artist. Professor Graham F Welch Chair of Music Education, Institute of Education. Kevin Brennan MP (Lab)
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