Voice (trade union)

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Founded 1970
Members 19,593 (2015)[1]
Key people Ray Bryant (Founder)
Nardia Foster (Chairman)
Deborah Lawson (General Secretary)
Office location 2 St James' Court
Friar Gate
Country United Kingdom
Website www.voicetheunion.org.uk

Voice 'The union for education professionals' (formerly The Professional Association of Teachers) is an independent British trade union for teachers, lecturers and other education and childcare workers in British education. The union is committed to the principle of not striking or engaging in "any kind of industrial action" "in any circumstances."[2]


Voice was founded, as the Professional Association of Teachers, in 1970 by two Essex teachers Colin Leicester and Ray Bryant.[3] Subsequently, in February 2008, Professional Association of Teachers became Voice: the union for education professionals.

Affiliated bodies[edit]

The Professional Association of Nursery Nurses (PANN) was established, in 1982, by a group of nursery nurses, who also wished to commit themselves to the principle of not striking. They became a section of PAT on 1 September 1995.

The Professionals Allied to Teaching (PAtT) section was launched in 2000. NAASSC (National Association of Administrative Staff in Schools and Colleges) was affiliated to PAT/PAtT in 2001.

PANN and PAtT sections no longer exist as they are now part of Voice.

The charity PAT (Education and Learning) was launched by the Professional Association of Teachers in 1999. This charity changed its name, in June 2008, to Voice (Supporting Education and Learning.[4]


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