Resources for ATL's representatives
By volunteering as an ATL representative, you are making an invaluable contribution to the development and profile of ATL as well as your colleagues. ATL is committed to supporting your work and making sure that you have all the training, information and advice you need to be effective in your role. From this page you can find out about all the resources that are available to you.
Reps' toolkit: this is an information pack sent to all reps, which includes ATL's guide to being a rep, a banner for the staff room noticeboard, and an ATL-branded magnet. ATL's guide to being a rep features advice on communications, recruitment, information provision, and signposting members to sources of help from ATL. All new representatives are sent a copy of the toolkit in their welcome packs. You can download a copy of the guide from the right-hand column of this page or, if you haven't received your hard copy, please contact ATL's despatch department, tel: 0845 4500 009 or via our email contact form.
Being a rep newsletter: Being a rep is a termly newsletter especially written for ATL's national network of reps. It is automatically mailed to you three times a year, and features news and information to keep you up to date, as well as lots of tips and ideas about fulfilling the various aspects of the representative role. Once you have finished with your copy, you can pass it to colleagues or put it up on the staff noticeboard. If you'd like extra copies, the latest edition of the newsletter will always be available to download from the publications and resources section of our website.
Rep e-bulletins: emailed to reps with supplementary information and advice at least half-termly. It provides useful timely tips, tools and reminders. Especially important during periods of more intensive rep activity. For example, when new policies and procedures, or when ATL is involved in co-ordinated campaigns or industrial action. If you are not receiving this bulletin, contact our membership team to ensure we have your email address on record.
Health and safety news: this is a termly newsletter dedicated to keeping reps up to date with all the latest information and advice on health and safety. Once you have finished with your copy, you can pass it to colleagues or put it up on the staff noticeboard. If you'd like extra copies, the latest edition of the newsletter will always be available to download from the publications and resources section of our website.
Recruitment materials: ATL depends on existing members to play an active part in recruiting new members, and is therefore committed to making this as easy for you as possible by providing you with access to targeted, attractive recruitment materials. This includes flyers, posters and attractive freebies. You can browse, download or order hard copies from the recruitment material and posters section of this site.
Membership information: reps are sent a list of members in their school/college once a year and can access an up to date list of their members at any time online via our 'My Workplace' tool. If reps need to check the status of any member of their workplace, they should contact the membership team directly via this contact form or by phoning 020 7782 1602.
Factsheets: ATL advice is a series of factsheets designed to answer the commonly asked questions of ATL members. An invaluable support for ATL reps, they cover topics such as sick leave, risk assessments or cyberbullying. The factsheets are available to download as PDFs to act as a reference guide for yourself or to hand out to members. You can find the full list on the factsheets page of our publications and resources section of this website.
Publications: ATL's publications are unrivalled among other education unions as a source of authoritative, relevant and practical information. Topics range from heavyweight titles on the key education issues, such as national curriculum reform, to practical help in the classroom with titles on things like managing classroom behaviour. Of particular help for reps is our employment advice series, which covers a range of workplace issues from bullying or redundancy to parental leave. All publications are free to ATL members, so you can create your own reference library to help with all those queries. To browse, download or order hard copies of our publications, go to the publications and resources section of our website (accessible from the links here or via the home page) or you can download a PDF version of our publications catalogue from the list on the right-hand side of this page.
Position statements: ATL promotes evidence-based, research-led education policies, which enhance the working lives of members and the learning of their pupils and students. These policies are produced by ATL's Policy Council and Executive Committee with support from staff, and form the basis for ATL's position statements. If you want to know more about ATL's position on various education topics, you can browse and download all position statements from the policies section of our website.
Website: in addition to this section of the website dedicated to our reps, we also provide a wealth of other information. For example, you'll find advice on all the employment issues most often asked about in our help and advice section, a guide to health and safety law in our health and safety section, and the latest on ATL's policies and campaigns in the policies and campaigns section - all of which are accessible from the main menu on the home page. Most pages include downloadable resources or related links in the right-hand column, and each page has the facility (in the top right) to either print a printer-friendly version of the page or email it so that, should you wish to pass information to a colleague, you can do so quickly and easily.
Model documents: ATL produces various model documents for you to download and use as the basis for your own documents, for example a model letter to let your headteacher/principal know you have become a rep. See the right-hand side of this page for links to these downloadable documents.