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Member voice

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Why I'm voting YES: greater representation, credibility and clout

I have always enjoyed teaching and as an active ATL member, I enjoy being able to contribute to the education debate using the benefit of my 30-year experience as a teacher both in the state and the independent sector.
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Why I'm voting YES: I love my union

I was one of the first trainees under the School Direct scheme in 2013. During my training, I was lost - we didn’t fit well into the world of initial teacher education, and no one seemed to care. We were guinea pigs. I had an awful start to my NQ year and was on the verge of leaving teaching.
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Why I'm voting YES: we need a strong and united voice

This is my 41st year working in primary education. I took early retirement from a headship eight years ago, but after unexpectedly losing my husband shortly after, I returned to the classroom as a specialist numeracy intervention teacher.

Latest press releases

ATL comment on behaviour in schools

Commenting on the report on behaviour in schools by Tom Bennett, the Department for Education’s adviser on behaviour in schools, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:

Historic step forward: ATL and NUT to form a new union

Today, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) announced that members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining to form a new union*. The union will be called the National Education Union.

Government is right that a new funding formula for schools is needed, say education unions

Today (Wednesday 22 March) education unions ATL, NAHT and NUT have written an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May urging her to stick to plans to develop a new national funding formula for schools, and to ensure sufficient funding is provided to invest in education.

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March 2017

Your future, your vote: vote YES for a new union to secure your future and strengthen your voice.

February 2017

Strengthening our voice: the ATL and NUT general secretaries address members’ hopes and fears around the new union.
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October 2016

Deluged by data: how leaders can reduce the burden.


Post-16 news

January 2017

This issue looks at FE pay, the Area Reviews and the new union proposals,
Independent schools

January 2017

This issue looks at excessive workload in the independent sector and the new union proposals.
ATL Support

January 2017

This issue looks at the new union proposals and a review of term-time working.