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Trade unions

Details of trade union support available to staff working in Hertfordshire schools. More details will be added as they become available.

National Association of Headteachers and Leaders NAHT

Established in 1897, and with over a hundred years’ service to leaders in education, the NAHT now represents in excess of 28,500 school leaders in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Members hold leadership positions in early years; primary; special and secondary schools; independent schools; sixth form and FE colleges; outdoor education centres; pupil referral units; social services establishments and other educational settings.

As a union and professional association they seek to provide:

  • The most effective one-to-one support of any union representing all school leaders, with our own team of solicitors and seventeen full-time Regional Officers;
  • Tough national negotiators on pay, conditions and pensions in the interests of the leadership group;
  • A very effective voice in educational policy making across all phases;
  • The support and stimulus of colleagues through a broad range of regional activities, national conferences and local branch networks;
  • An extensive range of training and development programmes including induction for performance management and new school leaders;
  • Outstanding publications, guidance documents and website.

NAHT values diversity in both its membership and in the wider education community.It is committed to promoting equality and diversity in the wider schools’ workforce. As such, they will take all steps possible to promote and encourage the participation of all members in our democratic processes and will take active steps to address areas of under-representation.

To find out more about them and to enquire about membership then you can read more about them here:

http://www.naht.org.uk/welcome/join-now/

NASUWT

With three hundred thousand members across all sectors from early years to further education, the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) is the largest teachers' union in the UK.

The union provides an array of services, including high-quality support, advice and representation for members; legal representation; national and regional training programmes; and professional seminars and conferences.

NASUWT is also politically independent. It makes no donations either directly or indirectly. The union's aim is to serve the best interests of teachers, no matter which party forms the government at national or local level.

To seek advice on any employment-related matters, members in England should call 03330 145550 or email advice@mail.nasuwt.org.uk.

The National Education Union

On the 1st September 2017 the National Union of teachers (NUT) amalgamated with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) to become the National Education Union. With 450,000 teachers and education professionals, the National Education Union is the largest union in Europe and represents the vast majority of teachers and trainee teachers working across England and Wales.

Bringing together the strength, expertise and history of two teachers unions means members of the National Education Union have an unrivalled voice in their workplace and with policy makers, unbeatable opportunities for professional development, and individual support if you need it.

They are committed to making education a great place to work, a great place to teach and a great place to learn. Members get access to online resources as well as a local representative. Benefits include:

  • An education campaigning organisation fighting for issues that matter to teachers, parents and children
  • The only teachers’ union campaigning consistently for one union for all teachers
  • A democratic union that encourages all members to get involved in determining union policy
  • Provider of a comprehensive CPD programme, with preferential rates for members. See course details at: https://www.teachers.org.uk/learning

Membership is free during training and costs £1 in your first year of teaching, and there are other special rates. Apply now at: https://neu.org.uk/why-join