As a modern trade union, ATL believes in providing the best possible representation and support for its members wherever they work, and continually strives to improve the benefits of membership to the education professionals who work in academies and free schools.
You can view a complete list of the recognition agreements ATL has developed with a number of academy sponsors, including OASIS Community Learning, Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), Harris Federation and Edutrust Academies Charitable Trust (EACT).
ATL commits considerable resources to representing our academy and free school members.
ATL is the only trade union that can offer you all of the following:
- staff dedicated to academy and free school members and issues
- support and lots of resources, FAQs, model agreements and advice on things like TUPE if your school is converting to academy status
- dedicated publications such as ATL's Working in an Academy guide
- a comprehensive academies checklist, which provides detailed information and support for members who work in academies.
All the above is in addition to the usual services you would expect such as first-class advice and support. It's worth knowing that, should you wait until a problem arises before considering union membership, union rules will preclude you from receiving immediate assistance - this is known as the 'pre-existing problem' rule. So to be safe in the knowledge that you have the protection and backing that only ATL can provide, join today.