Terms and conditions of membership
Here are the terms and conditions for joining the leading education union, ATL.
So that we can offer you full support, you must ensure that you take out, and pay for, the correct category of membership.
As with any other union, we are unable to offer representation or assistance (including legal advice) with problems that arose before you joined ATL. Prospective members should declare any such problems in a letter with your application. Prospective members should send your letter with a printed copy of your membership form to the legal and member services department, ATL, 7 Northumberland Street, London WC2N 5RD. Failure to declare any such issue could invalidate your membership.
If you leave ATL we will not be able to assist you with legal advice or support. This applies even if you are seeking help with an issue that dates back to the time when you were a member.
You are responsible for ensuring that the ATL membership department in the London office is aware of your home, work and other contact details. If membership subscriptions are collected following correct BACS procedures no refunds are available. Membership subscriptions are for a period of 12 months. If you choose to pay in instalments, the full fee for the 12-month period is still due even if you wish to leave before your membership period has expired.
If you undertake any private work outside of your LA's or employer's direct control you will not be covered by your employer's insurance or ATL membership. ATL has arranged a discounted insurance scheme for members to protect those who provide private tuition, lecturing or coaching outside of their main employment. Please visit our discounts and offers page for details of this combined public liability and professional indemnity policy.
If your ATL membership is resigned, lapsed or cancelled and you wish to rejoin you may do so but you will not receive the discounted rate if you join within 12 months of the date you cease to be a member.
For existing members only, if you are taking a break from employment you should contact the ATL membership department about special discounted subscription rates. Members on maternity or carers' leave should also contact the ATL membership department about a period of free membership. This offer is only available to members who have completed their first year's subscription payments. Tel: 0845 057 7000 (local).
Standard (teacher and lecturer) membership
The '50% off your first year's standard membership' offer applies to all teachers and lecturers. If you make a single direct debit payment, you will be charged £89.50 for your years' membership. If you would prefer to make 12 monthly installments (£8 per month) or make a single payment by cheque, debit or credit card, you will be charged £96 for your years' membership. Your membership is for 12 months from the date of joining. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
If you will be undertaking any teaching or other work for which you may require cover after retirement, it is essential that you retain your ATL standard membership to maintain access to expert legal assistance and insurance protection against personal accidents, accidents to pupils, and loss or damage to property or cash. Please check with the ATL membership department if you are unsure on this issue, tel: 020 7782 1602.
Standard (support staff) membership
Standard (support staff) membership direct debits can be collected over a maximum period of 12 months. You will be advised about your instalment schedule when you join and prior to any debits being made.
Standard AMiE membership (headteachers, college principals, bursars and other senior leaders)
Head teachers, deputy and assistant head teachers, members of senior leadership teams including school business managers and bursars, leaders and managers at all levels in academies, further education, sixth form and adult education colleges can join AMiE, ATL's leadership section. For further information about this membership package, please contact AMiE's membership department or visit www.amie.uk.com
Existing ATL members who are promoted to senior leadership roles should contact the ATL membership department so their category of membership can be updated in order for them to access the benefits of AMiE registration. Maintaining continuous membership of ATL will allow ATL to help with any issues that relate to previous years and maintain your rights to participate in our democratic structures.
Standard NQ/probationer membership
Newly qualified teachers and lecturers, and students in their final year who join ATL for the first time, or upgrade to NQ/probationer membership, can benefit from the following subscriptions offer:
FREE membership to the end of the calendar year in which you qualify
FREE membership for the whole of the following calendar year, if you agree to pay your future membership subscriptions by direct debit*
1/2 PRICE membership for the subsequent year.
Therefore, as a new teacher or lecturer qualifying in 2013, you would not have to pay full ATL subscriptions until 2016.
* If you decide not to pay by direct debit you will still get FREE subscriptions for the calendar year in which you qualify followed by a 50% subscriptions offer for you first two full calendar years of teaching.
If you have not joined us by your first day of paid employment then ATL cannot offer legal representation on issues that arise whilst working without union cover. And if you start working as a teacher or lecturer on a supply basis, you will need to be signed-up for the NQ/probationer offer otherwise you will not be covered.
If you begin employment as an unqualified teacher or lecturer, you must apply for standard (teacher/lecturer) membership in order to be covered – with the offer to new joiners being at 50% of the full membership rate. If you later qualify, you would then be entitled to transfer your membership to the NQ/probationer offer (provided you have not previously received any other discounted membership offer from ATL).
Members who have worked for a number of years as a teacher or lecturer and who are already ATL members are not entitled to apply for NQ membership retrospectively.
Membership of ATL is free to those training in the UK to be teachers, lecturers or education support staff. Those on the graduate teacher programme are also eligible.
Student membership offers legal support with problems that might arise from your course or teaching practice. The ATL will not, however, be able to assist with matters arising from their relationship with their course provider, for example in a dispute about their assessment.
Student membership does not cover members for paid employment, except as part of the graduate or registered training programme. Student membership is only valid for the duration of their course. To guarantee continuity of membership, student members should upgrade in advance of completing their course to newly qualified, standard teaching or standard support staff membership as appropriate.
If you are undertaking a qualification while working in education, you must take out standard (teacher/lecturer) or standard (support staff) membership if you wish to have working cover, as well as maintaining your (free) student membership. Failure to do this will mean you are not covered by ATL if there is an issue.
If you have not taught or worked in education previously and are taking up your first teaching or lecturing post, you should apply for standard (newly qualified) rather than student membership, even if you have not yet qualified or are still in training. However, you can only do this if you have not previously been a member of ATL, and joining as a standard newly qualified member will mean you are not able to claim this subscription rate again once you have qualified.
The retired membership rate is only available for existing members of the ATL to transfer to once they have retired and are in receipt of pension. As a member of the ATL who has retired from work, our retired membership package is able to offer the level of information and support that members have come to expect from the ATL.
If you undertake any work for which you may require cover after retirement, it is essential that you retain your ATL standard membership to maintain access to expert legal assistance and insurance protection against personal accidents, accidents to pupils, and loss or damage to property or cash.
Once you leave standard membership, ATL will not be able to assist you with legal advice or support. This applies even if you are seeking help with an issue that dates back to the time when you were a member.
Examination Officers Association membership
Current members of the Examination Officers' Association (EOA) can join ATL at a special discounted rate. All EOA members must be a practising examinations officer or be a member of the examinations office personnel, the majority of whose role is focused on the operation and administration of examinations in a centre.
For current members of ATL opting to transfer to EOA membership, the transfer can take place only at the expiry of their current ATL subscription period. We will still require applicants to complete the respective membership form for verification purposes. You will be advised in writing when the transfer to group affiliate membership will take place.
If you are an educator but not currently employed within education or you are involved in education but not employed in the direct delivery of learning, you can apply for associate membership of ATL. Although we are unable to help you with any matter relating to your current employment, you will be able to keep in touch with the education profession through access to our publications and member magazine. Should you return to employment in education you will then be eligible to apply to upgrade to standard membership.
All membership rates are effective from 1 January to 31 December 2013 unless otherwise stated.
Local rates apply for telephone calls to ATL unless otherwise stated. For text messages, standard network rates apply.
All terms and conditions are correct as of 1 January 2013.