ATL in the independent sector

ATL is the largest single union in the independent sector with over 20,000 members in 1,700 schools. We represent more teachers and support staff working in independent schools than any other union.

ATL is recognised by more independent sector employers than any other union. Approximately 100 independent schools negotiate staff terms and conditions with ATL, of which roughly half include all support staff as well as teachers.

As a modern trade union, ATL believes in the ethos of the school community and that the contribution of all staff is equally important. Consequently, ATL welcomes into membership all staff working in the independent sector: teachers and teaching assistants, technicians and librarians, office administration and cleaners, grounds and caretaking staff.

Specialist support

In addition to all the usual services you would expect such as first-class advice and support, ATL commits considerable resources to supporting our members in the independent sector.

ATL is the only trade union to offer all of the following: