Teachers Unions - should you join one?
Which one should you join?
There are a number of Teachers Unions, which one to choose is a choice that you must make on your own.
It is recommended that you do join one though, there are many benefits from Union membership, a few of the most important include; support, guidance and advice on your professional development, and Legal support (very important in the current 'who can we sue' society!)
If you're still a student then make sure you attend the open days provided by your course, that all of the Unions will attend, Union membership is normally offered free to students, and you get to compare all the Unions on a level playing field and can get advice and help with decision making from your friends.
If you're an NQT or a full teacher but not yet a Union member then you can speak to other Teachers in your school ask them why they chose a particular Union (you will get a LOT of different answers), try to sort the good reasons from the political ones!
You are also well advised to visit the Union websites (listed below) to help compare what each has to offer you.
Feel free to leave a Comment about your Union below.
The National Union of Teachers - NUT
The National Union of Teachers is committed to the promotion and recognition of the professionalism of teachers.
The Largest and perhaps the most widely known Teachers Union, the NUT website lays out the views of the Union on all government issues, professional development, as well as the Unions goals and objectives.
This is a very informative site, even if your not planning on becoming a member!
NASUWT - National Association of Schoolmasters / Union of Women Teachers
The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers is the largest union representing teachers and headteachers throughout the UK.
NAHT - National Association of Head Teachers
With a membership of over 28,000, the National Association of Head Teachers is the largest organisation of its kind in Europe.
Association of Teachers and Lecturers - ATL
ATL. The education union – led by education professionals from across the sector and throughout the UK.
Voice - the union for education professionals
Voice is the union for education professionals, they speak for everyone, from teachers, lecturers and nursery nurses, to head teachers and school support staff, including teaching assistants, technicians and administrators.