ATL and support staff

ATL represents more than 20,000 support staff members across the UK in the maintained, academy, free school, independent, further education, sixth form and university sectors, and this figure is growing all the time.

As a modern trade union, ATL believes in the ethos of the school and college community and that the contribution of all staff is equally important. Consequently, ATL welcomes into membership all professionals working in the education sector: teachers, teaching assistants, examination officers, technicians, librarians, lecturers, managers, administrators and ancillary staff.

Specialist support

ATL commits considerable resources to representing our support staff members.

ATL is the only trade union that can offer you all of the following:

Support Staff Charter

The Support Staff Charter has been designed with two objectives in mind: to provide an easy-to-use vehicle for ATL members, branches and school ATL reps to raise the issues it addresses with school management, governors and colleagues; and to act as a working document for ATL support staff members, providing links to further information and advice and so helping them tackle immediate problems.

Examination Officers' Association (EOA)

ATL membership is open to any member of the Examination Officers' Association (EOA). We have developed a discounted membership rate so the benefits of your EOA membership can complement the protection provided by a first-class trade union.

ATL leads the way in representing the whole education community, including exam office personnel. The EOA has been an affiliate member of ATL since 2006.

Habilitation VI (UK)

ATL membership is also open to members of Habilitation VI (UK). We have developed a discounted membership rate so the benefits of your Habilitation VI (UK) membership can complement the protection provided by a first-class trade union.

More information

Find out more about ATL's activities in the post-16 and independent sectors.