Who we are
ATL is the union for education professionals. Active in the maintained, independent and post-16 sectors, we use our members' experiences to influence education policy, and we work with government and employers to defend your pay, conditions and career development. From early years to HE, teachers to support staff, lecturers to leaders, we support and represent our members throughout their career.
Since its establishment in 1884, ATL has evolved into a modern union currently representing 160,000 members across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Our members are teachers, supply teachers, heads, lecturers, managers and support staff in maintained and independent sector schools and colleges.
Following a merger with the Association of College Management in January 2011, ATL has developed AMiE, its leadership section, which provides bespoke materials, training courses and casework support for leadership members in schools and colleges.
For our student and newly qualified members, ATL has a separate newsletter called Student and Newly Qualified Report, and a website called new2teaching, which is packed with all the information, tips and advice our newer members need for starting out in their career.
In order to represent our members in the wider trade union movement, ATL affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in 1999.