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Rights and conditions
02 November 2016
ATL is completely committed to the further education of our members.

This is why, in negotiating with the government on the revised performance management system, we insisted that a clear statement of the support and professional development available to teachers had to accompany the setting of objectives for teachers with the performance management process.

One critical outcome, therefore, of every planning and review meeting should be an agreed programme of the continuing professional development (CPD) you need to achieve your objectives.

ATL provides members with an extensive programme of CPD:

  • training courses for members on subjects like classroom behaviour, managing teams or preparing for retirement
  • a range of publications on subjects like behaviour or methods of learning
  • ATL-organised conferences, seminars and briefings
  • ATL's network of over 120 union learning reps - accredited union reps trained to help members and schools identify learning opportunities.

England and Wales

As a social partner, ATL played a major role in drafting the standards. They have been drawn up for the Secretary of State for Children, schools and Families and, together with revised performance management arrangements and the new national strategy for supporting teachers' CPD are part of the government's package of support for new teacher professionalism.

Northern Ireland

CPD, and teacher education in general, is currently under review. Further information can be found in the Teacher Education Review section of the Department of Education Northern Ireland website.

Professional Qualification for Headship (Northern Ireland) and other leadership development programmes for senior managers and aspiring principals are provided by the Regional Training Unit (RTU) for Northern Ireland.


Professional review and development in Scotland is designed to allow teachers, with their managers, to identify their development needs for the coming year(s) and to agree a plan of CPD activity that will allow them to develop and enhance their skills and competences. A wealth of information about CPD is available from the CPD Scotland website.

As a starting point, download the FAQ about the professoinal review and development process.

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