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ATL has a leading role in education in the UK, and is outstanding in supporting teachers, support staff and lecturers. Thatís why I joined ATL, and would recommend you do to.
I have just finished my 4 year B.Ed. (Primary) in Glasgow and will be starting my first job as a newly qualified primary teacher in August. But I started as a student member of ATL at the beginning of my second year in 2009. I have gained, and still am gaining, so much from my experience as a member of ATL and ATL Future, including building my network of student and NQ members from across the sector, participating in and leading CPD, attending and speaking at ATL Conference and sharing and getting teaching and learning tips.
The support and respect between members is unparalleled and you get advice or support exactly when you need it, as well as a range of free CPD opportunities throughout the year.
Itís now two years since I became involved with the ATL Future Steering Group, where we develop the associationís policy, advice and campaigns around areas relating to improving the experiences and outcomes for all children and young people as well as the context new professionals are learning and working in.
This ranges from how to harness the potential of technology for learning, the future of pensions, induction and probation arrangements, curriculum changes, the Ofsted framework, bursaries and the impact of the socio-economic context on children and young people.
I am passionate about education and securing the best experiences and opportunities for all children and young people; a part of that is ensuring the best experiences, learning opportunities and outcomes for student and newly qualified lectures are support staff like you. As new professionals, we all need opportunities to network and support each other through our first few years and I am inviting you and your colleagues wherever you study or work to get in touch, get involved and reap the benefits that come with being an active ATL member.
There are numerous opportunities for you to get involved when you want and to the extent you want. There is a lot of regional activity going on in your area from CPD events, education policy forums and campaigns. Get in touch with myself or your local ATL Future representative at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find ATL Future on Facebook and Twitter.
Membership is absolutely free for students and free for your first year as a newly qualified teacher. You can find out how to sign up on this website or phone 0845 057 7000 (lo-call).
So join up and get involved. Itíll make the first few years of your education career the fantastic start you want it to be, and ensure you are doing everything you can to ensure the best experiences for the children in your care, now and in the future!