Teaching Unions: make the most of free and discounted memberships before you commit

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It’s really important that you join a union before you start in the classroom. This means you’ll have access to advice and support should something go wrong, opportunities for professional development and a voice in educational policy. Obviously, there are lots of things you’ll need to consider when choosing: cost, benefits and politics. However, as a student member most unions offer either free or heavily discounted membership, so it’s worth joining up to a few, or even all of them, before making a final decision.

To help you out I have put handy links to each union’s student membership pages, as well as a brief summary of joining benefits. I have also included Edapt, which is a relatively new union alternative. This list is in no particular order, I’ve joined them all!

National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT)

http://www.nasuwt.org.uk/JoinNASUWT/NASUWTSubscriptions/FreetoSudentTeachers/index.htm

Joining benefits:

Free membership to the end of the…

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