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I'm going to be an Secondary NQT in September and think it is a good idea to join a teaching union but, I have no idea which one to join. I was a member of the 3 main ones (ATL, NUT, NASUWT) on my PGCE (because they were free) but they all seem so similar, I can't tell the difference. Anyone got any ideas how I can decide?
NUT is free until jan/feb, then £1 for a year, then half price for the following year I think.- if you're looking for value!
I would wait and find out whether there are union reps in your new school.....
You need to read about the unions and decide on which you feel best fits your own views. I can't abide anyone who just joins a union based on 'oh it's free' this year or guesswork, especially with things currently happening within the unions.
cheers- perhaps I should have also said that NUT is the union in my school with the most members and a fantastic rep. The value was of course a bonus.
I joined the NASUWT for a couple of reasons:
...some things for you to think about I guess!!
I'd recommend the NASUWT - they offer very good (and very popular - so sign up) seminars for new entrants to the profession. They are the biggest union representing teachers in the UK.
Then again, I will lay my cards on the table, I am a lay officer of the NASUWT - president of my local association. Get involved in your local association - new blood always welcome!
Experiences can differ from area to area though. NUT are doing a brilliant job with problems we are having in our school.
You need to join the union whose views you agree with. Take into consideration which unions are represented in your school.
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