|Key people||Ray Bryant (Founder)|
Deborah Lawson (General Secretary)
|Office location||2 St James' Court|
Voice: The union for education professionals, formerly the Professional Association of Teachers (PAT), is an independent British trade union for teachers, lecturers and other education and childcare workers in British education. The union is committed to protecting and promoting the 'cause of education' and to defending the professional interests of members. Whilst 'respecting and reserving' its legal right to take industrial action, Voice does not engage in 'any kind of industrial action' that is 'injurious to education' or damaging to the health, safety of welfare of those in its care or charge.
The Professional Association of Teachers was founded in 1970 by two Essex teachers: Colin Leicester and Ray Bryant. The union initially aimed to recruit teachers from all colleges, schools and universities, and by 1979 had a membership of 13,000. In 1981, the Conservative government gave the union a seat on the Burnham Committee, and its membership increased rapidly, reaching 40,000 by 1985. By 2001, it still had 34,000 members, many from early years education, and whilst The Guardian has claimed that it struggled to recruit and that rival unions believed it was likely to close., this did not occur and the union remains active.
In February 2008, the Professional Association of Teachers became Voice: the union for education professionals.
In 2018, Voice affiliated to the General Federation of Trade Unions, the 'federation for specialist unions', and works constructively with other unions in pursuit of shared objectives to the benefit of Voice members.
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. The National Association of Administrative Staff in Schools and Colleges, which had been founded in 1951 as the School Secretaries Association, merged into PAT/PAtT in 2001.  The 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.
- 1980: Peter Dawson
- 1992: John Andrews
- 1998: Kay Driver
- c.2006: Philip Parkin
- 2012: Deborah Lawson
- "New voice for education and childcare". Voice. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
- Mike Ironside and Roger Seifert, Industrial Relations in Schools, p.92
- Will Woodward, "In harmony?", The Guardian, 13 March 2001
- Marsh, Arthur; Smethurst, John B. (2006). Historical Directory of Trade Unions. 5. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing. p. 417. ISBN 085967990X.
- "Form AR21" (PDF). Trades Union Certification Officer. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2011.