Independent sector

ATL is the largest single union in the independent sector with over 20,000 members in 1,700 schools. We represent more teachers and support staff working in independent schools than any other union.

ATL is recognised by more independent sector employers than any other union. Approximately 100 independent schools negotiate staff terms and conditions with ATL, of which roughly half include all support staff as well as teachers.

ATL welcomes into membership all staff working in the independent sector: teachers and teaching assistants, technicians and librarians, office administration and cleaners, grounds and caretaking staff.

Specialist support in the independent sector

In addition to all the usual services you would expect such as first-class advice and support, ATL commits considerable resources to supporting our members in the independent sector.

Specialist support in the independent sector

In addition to all the usual services you would expect such as first-class advice and support, ATL commits considerable resources to supporting our members in the independent sector.

ATL independent workload toolkit

This toolkit contains information on the principles of why workload should be tackled, suggestions and survey questions for investigating the extent of the problem in your school, and action plans and strategies to achieve a better work-life balance.

ATL independent workload toolkit

This toolkit contains information on the principles of why workload should be tackled, suggestions and survey questions for investigating the extent of the problem in your school, and action plans and strategies to achieve a better work-life balance.

Working in the independent sector guidance

While there are many universal issues in education, there are also significant differences between the independent and state-maintained sector.

Working in the independent sector guidance

While there are many universal issues in education, there are also significant differences between the independent and state-maintained sector.

Teachers' employment rights summary: independent sector

A summary of teachers' employment rights in independent schools in England, Wales and Scotland.

Teachers' employment rights summary: independent sector

A summary of teachers' employment rights in independent schools in England, Wales and Scotland.