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

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 calendar year in which you qualify.

Free publications.

Sponsored lectures for final year students.

Edapt (union alternative)

https://www.edapt.org.uk/join/plkli5cw

Joining benefits:

Subscription is from just £10 per month, with reductions for students, NQTs and Teach First teachers starting from £10 per year.

By referring others you’ll also reduce your payments by up to 20% per year.

National Union of Teachers (NUT)

https://www.teachers.org.uk/join-the-nut-today

Joining benefits:

Free membership to the end of the calendar year in which you qualify.

Membership includes a countdown discount card which you can use to secure discounts in a large number of services and products.

Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL)

http://www.atl.org.uk/your-membership/nq-probationer.asp

Joining benefits:

NQ/probationer members can benefit from the following subscriptions offer:

Free membership to the end of the calendar year in which you qualify.

Free membership for the whole of the following calendar year, if you agree to pay your future membership subscriptions by direct debit.

1/2 price membership for the subsequent year.

£150 worth of teaching materials and publications.

Cashback scheme.

Voice

Joining benefits:

Free student membership and full membership during your first term as a newly qualified teacher.

Discounted rates after qualification.

Access to discounts from leading service suppliers.

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