Associate membership

Through associate membership, members can easily stay in touch with the education profession.

Membership is available to anyone who has an interest in education, including:

  • existing ATL members who take a break, are not working due to ill health or have finished work, but are not retired and in receipt of a pension
  • anyone who is involved in education but not directly employed in its delivery, such as school governors and local authority education officers
  • educators who are not currently employed within education
  • volunteers in an education setting.


The subscription rates for 2017 for members on a career-break/non-working are set out below.

Single annual payment by direct debit Single annual payment by cheque or debit/credit card
£36 £36

Are you an existing member?

If you have transferred your membership from standard to associate, you will be eligible for legal help, advice and support if an issue arises from when you had standard membership. This means you'll have professional advice and legal expertise at your fingertips, should you need it.

If you return to employment in the education sector, you can seamlessly transfer back to standard membership.

Further information on membership

If you are unsure which category of membership to apply for, or if you have any queries about your eligibility for membership, please see our section on eligibility for membership, or contact the ATL / AMiE membership department on tel: 020 7782 1602 or the ATL recruitment hotline on 0845 057 7000 (local rates apply) between Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, email our membership department.

Members may be able to claim income tax relief on up to nine-tenths of their annual subscription, provided it is paid from earned income. For more information, please see claiming tax relief on your ATL subscriptions.

You should ensure that your membership is correct and fully up to date in order to access the full range of ATL benefits for members.

As with any other union, ATL is unable to offer representation or assistance (including legal advice) with problems that arose before you joined. Prospective members should declare any such problems in a letter with their application form.

Terms and conditions apply.