Mary Bousted

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Bousted at a Policy Exchange event in 2013

Dr Mary Winefride Bousted (born Mary Winefride Bleasdale on 15 September 1959, Lancashire, England) is the General Secretary of the teachers' union, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

Early life[edit]

She is the daughter of Edward and Winefride Bleasdale. She went to a catholic girls' grammar school.

She attended the University of Hull, gaining a BA. From the Institute of Education she gained an MA. Later from the University of York she gained a PhD.


She taught English from 1982-7 at Bentley Wood High School in Harrow. From 1988-91 she was Head of English at Whitmore High School in Harrow.

From 1991-5 she was a lecturer at the University of York, becoming Director of Initial Teacher Training from 1995-7.

From 1997-9 she was Head of Secondary Education at Edge Hill College (became Edge Hill University in 2006), then at the School of Education at Kingston University from 1999-2003.[1]

In July 2010, Bousted was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Edge Hill University.[2]


She became General Secretary of the ATL in 2003.

Personal life[edit]

She married Donald Bousted in 1983. She and her husband are now separated. They have one daughter.


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Political offices
Preceded by
General Secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers
Succeeded by