And find out why ATL is the fastest growing union in the education sector
Consequently trade unions are more of an accepted part of the landscape in education employment than in most other parts of the UK economy.
One of the main reasons that teachers decide to join a union is for the legal support they’ll receive in the rare event that they encounter serious difficulties at work. It can be reassuring to know that you have the backing of a large and well-resourced organisation in the event, for instance, that a pupil is involved in an accident on a school trip or makes a malicious allegation of abuse.
ATL offers extensive advice and legal backing if any such event should arise.
From discounted household insurance to low rates on your car breakdown cover, membership comes complete with a range of offers. ATL offers a range of services from accident protection in the event of an accident in the workplace – or even travelling to and from work – to expert financial advice.
ATL recognises the link between education policy and our members’ conditions of employment. Our evidence-based policy making enables us to campaign and negotiate from a position of strength. We champion good practice and achieve better working lives for our members.
We help our members, as their careers develop, through first-rate research, advice, information and legal support.
Our 160,000 members – teachers, lecturers, headteachers and support staff – are empowered to get active locally and nationally. We are affiliated to the TUC, and work with government and employers across the UK by lobbying and through social partnership.
NQTs are extremely important to the association as the future of education.
For more on the benefits of union membership, see the following videos from Union 21: