Professional teaching and education bodies

Professional teaching and education bodies

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL)

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), established in 1884, represents 160,000 members across the UK. Set up for individuals who work in education, its members range from supply teachers to lecturers to support staff to newly qualified teachers (NQTs). The ATL provides a support network for those starting out in their teaching careers.

Professional development

The ATL offers a wide range of courses for individuals of all levels and standards, covering a variety of different topics including behaviour management and building your teaching skills. It also holds summer seminars for newly qualified teachers. The ATL has a partnership with Edge Hill University that allows you to gain credits towards a masters in education.

Funds and scholarships

There are a number of funds and scholarships run by the ATL. The Peter Smith scholarship and the Walter Hines Page scholarships support members with their own professional development and study.

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College of Teaching

The College of Teaching is a recently formed organisation that will support teachers and offer them access to the latest research from bases around the country. It will also offer chartered teaching status to expert teachers. The College of Teaching has taken on the responsibilities of the former College of Teachers, which included both individuals and institutions involved in education among its members.

National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN)

NASEN is concerned with promoting equal opportunities for all learners by supporting the educational development of children with special needs. It has established a strong national influence and is often involved in governmental debates on special needs issues.

The organisation publishes several journals, offers online learning and aims to support teachers and other education professionals in their day-to-day work with identifying and meeting the needs of children with disabilities.

Exhibitions and conferences

NASEN is involved in a range of conferences and events aimed at providing information and training for anyone working with children and young people with special and additional educational needs and disabilities.

Subject-specific associations

There are numerous subject-specific associations catering to teachers in all areas of education. These include the Association for Science Education, the Association of Teachers of Mathematics, the Geographical Association, and so on.