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As a union member you will have a much stronger voice when negotiating improvements to your pay and working conditions, as well as protection should anything go wrong in your working life. And as a member of ATL, the education union, you will be part of a modern, member-led union - one of the fastest growing, with over 170,000 members throughout the UK.

Reasons to join

  • Competitive rates: with 50 per cent off your first year for teachers and lecturers, and free membership for students and NQs.
  • Legal advice and support: all the legal support you'd expect from your union, including a strong network of reps and regional officials, plus access to hundreds of help and advice topics on our website.
  • Insurance and personal injury protection.
  • Professional development: we offer unrivalled CPD opportunities up to Masters level, either free or at heavily discounted rates.
  • Publications and magazines: free publications to help you in the classroom, as well as our award-winning member magazine, Report, and dedicated resources for students and NQs.
  • Opportunity to influence education policy: through ATL you can make a positive impact on pay and conditions, and help drive the education debate.
  • Member-led organisation: members' views drive our policies and campaigns through groups such as our student and NQ forum and other sector groups; there are plenty of opportunities for members to get involved.
  • Representation across education: we have members across the UK in the maintained, independent and FE sectors, from teachers (including supply teachers) and lecturers to headteachers/leaders and support staff.

How to join


You can apply to join ATL online - the application process takes just a few minutes and you can set up a Direct Debit or pay with your credit card. Just go to the secure online joining form.

By telephone

Call the 'Join ATL' hotline on tel: 0845 057 7000 (local) to join over the phone.

By post or fax

You can join by post or fax if you complete an application form - print out and complete the appropriate membership application form from the list on the right-hand side of this page, returning it to: Association of Teachers and Lecturers, 7 Northumberland Street, London or faxing it to 020 7930 1359.

If you would like a form to be posted to you, please email our membership department or call 020 7782 1602, indicating which category of membership you are applying for and which education sector (eg primary, secondary, etc) you work in.

If you are not sure which category of membership you need to apply for, see the Who is eligible page on this website or contact ATL's membership department.

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