ATL representatives provide vital information and support to colleagues in their establishment. Being an ATL representative need not be an onerous task. Individuals can undertake as much as they feel confident with at any given time.
The responsibilities of a representative fall into four main areas and none need be too time-consuming:
- providing information to other members in the school/college and raising the profile of ATL by updating the staffroom noticeboard with posters and newsletters
- recruiting new members into ATL membership - introducing yourself to new members of staff and asking them to join
- acting as the voice for other members and speaking up on their behalf within their school / college, and within ATL
- providing members in the school/college with advice and guidance, and signposting them to further sources of information and advice within ATL.
Being a rep fits around what I'm doing as a teacher. My involvement means I have a better knowledge of what's happening in the education world.
ATL offers a wide range of information, support and training to its team of over 6,000 reps across the country. For more information, see the being a rep page of our reps toolbox section of this website, where you will also find a host of other information for reps. You can visit our training page for reps.
In July 2011, ATL published new rules for the appointment and election of workplace reps.
If you'd like to talk to someone about becoming a rep, please contact our organising team.
Don't forget there are also other types of reps, including health and safety reps and union learning reps.