The most recent blogs, publications and stories from ATL.

Member voice

Ginger child in front of whiteboard

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.
Kids in drama class

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.
Children running in the playground

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 PAC report on capital funding for schools

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “The PAC report is a devastating critique of the Government's failure to provide sufficient school places for a rapidly growing pupil population.

It cannot be right to label children failures at age 11 - ATL

How can a Government that says it cares about social justice be willing to label children failures at age 11? asks Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) general secretary, Dr Mary Bousted.

Speech by Shelagh Hirst, ATL president, Annual Conference in Liverpool 2017

Shelagh Hirst spoke during the third session of Conference on Tuesday 11 April.

Report and ELM


February 2017

Shape the future: why you should vote for a new union.

April 2017

The 60-hour week: why we need to tackle workload.
Report TNQR

April 2017


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.