A voice in the education debate
ATL has a well-respected voice in the education debate because we provide considered analysis and alternatives on issues such as education funding, assessment, curriculum, academies and free schools.
We see the challenges facing the profession. Since 2010 there have been attacks targeted at the heart of state education, which have resonated across the entire education system – with no sector left untouched.
ATL's response to these challenges comes from you, our members. Focusing on the issues that matter to you most, we have campaigned:
- to protect teacher and local government pensions schemes across the UK
- against proposals for regional and performance-related pay in England
- successfully for a strategic education policy forum in Northern Ireland
- to secure additional funding for pupils eligible for free school meals in Wales
- against the pay and conditions changes imposed on supply teachers in Scotland.
And when reason has failed and we have needed to speak out for education, our members have taken industrial action to campaign for change.
For more information, visit ATL's policy and campaigns section.
ATL in your sector
As a modern trade union, ATL believes in the ethos of the education community and that the contribution of all staff is equally important. Consequently, ATL welcomes into membership all professionals working in education across the maintained, independent and further education sectors - from teachers and teaching assistants, support staff such as technicians and librarians, lecturers and education managers.
To find out more, click on the links below:
ATL's national officials provide sector-specific support and advice to members working in the independent sector, in support and in Scotland.