ACM votes to merge with ATL

9 July 2010

The Association for College Management (ACM) votes to merge with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL). In the ballot of 3,500 ACM members held between 14 June and 2 July 88% of those who voted were in favour of the merger, and 12% against.

The formal merger will take place on 1 January 2011. The Association of Managers in Education (AMiE), the joint venture set up while the two unions worked towards a merger, will form an independent section within the merged union and be free to determine its own policies.

3,000 members of ATL working in leadership positions in UK schools, sixth form and further education colleges have already joined AMiE. Casework and support for leaders and managers in membership of the merged union will continue to be provided by permanent regional officers.

Peter Pendle, ACM / AMiE general secretary and chief executive, said: "This is a very positive outcome for the Association and ensures that AMiE will now move forward, renewing its unswerving focus on members' professional and employment needs, providing education leaders and managers with excellent support and services."

Dr Mary Bousted, ATL general secretary, said: "We are delighted that ACM members have voted to join us. The two unions share common values and beliefs, so the merger made perfect sense. The merged union will give ATL members in leadership roles, and those wanting to be promoted, specialist support and advice to help them do their jobs better. We look forward to the merged union going from strength to strength."

The headquarters of the merged union will be in the ATL London offices.  ACM will retain its Market Harborough building for at least five years.

ATL members voted in favour of the merger at their annual conference in April 2009.

The formation of AMiE, the joint venture set up while the two unions worked towards a merger, was approved unanimously by ATL's executive committee and ACM's council in January 2008. AMiE formally came into being on 1 September 2008.

Full ballot results:
26% of eligible ACM members voted, 88% voted in favour of the merger, 12% voted against.

For further information please contact the ATL press office on 0207 782 1589 or visit website or Peter Pendle on 07810 481467 or visit website

Further notes:
* The Association for College Management (ACM) is the TUC affiliated trade union and professional association that champions, represents and supports managers in the post-16 education and training sector. Its 4,000 strong membership embraces academic and business managers at several levels and includes half of all college principals.

Notes to editors

  1. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing approximately 170,000 teachers, headteachers, lecturers and support staff in maintained and independent nurseries, schools, sixth form, tertiary and further education colleges in the United Kingdom.

  2. ATL exists to help members, as their careers develop, through first rate research, advice, information and legal advice.

  3. ATL is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). ATL is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.


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