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Fuzzy1bear Wed 23-May-18 17:00:41

I am returning to teaching in September after a couple of years off with my children. I used to be in the NUT and luckily never needed to use them. I joined as a student and never changed.
Which union are you with, what are the pros or cons? I’m just trying to decide whether to go back to the NUT/NEU or try the NASWT who are offering your first year free.

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FourEyesGood Wed 23-May-18 17:38:09

I used to with the NUT, but the vast majority of my current colleagues are in the NASUWT, so I switched. I really believe it helps to be with whichever union has the strongest voice (and most effective rep) at your school. Our NUT rep didn’t want the role; the NASUWT rep does a brilliant job and gives it everything he can.

kbb23 Thu 24-May-18 20:59:03

How do u find out who your union reps are

FourEyesGood Fri 25-May-18 21:09:44

If you ask any member of staff, they’ll almost certainly be able to tell you. If your school has no rep, that’s a problem (you could become one!).

Fuzzy1bear Fri 25-May-18 22:06:32

Thanks, I hadn’t thought about that! I’m in for a day after the holidays so I’ll ask.

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KyloRenaissance Sat 26-May-18 11:20:47

I'm in NEU but there isn't a rep at my school, so my NASWUT rep is who I go to for union advice within school.

Rainuntilseptember15 Wed 30-May-18 23:35:06

Kylo are those separate unions? Not in England so not 100% but I think they are different - in which case how can you ask the rep to give their time to help you?

KyloRenaissance Thu 31-May-18 00:21:11

You can ask if the rep will help if your union has no rep at our place.

They don't have to, though (afaik). And I am getting advice from my union as well to make sure everyone is in the loop.

Rainuntilseptember15 Thu 31-May-18 07:07:52

Thanks. Maybe they have some kind of arrangement? Where I am I’d give friendly advice but ultimately if someone isn’t a paid member wouldn’t be expected to advise them (and it’s a voluntary role for most reps so doing it in own time). But of course you can always access the regional support.

Foxsox Fri 08-Jun-18 00:05:39

Find out the majority union in you school
And go with that one
That was the advice given to me an a NQT
Most of our staff are NEU

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