Whilst £1 and free deals are available for those int heir first post training year, you could join several Unions, receive their publications nad decide which you want to stay with when annual renewal comes around. Once you are paying the usual subscription, make sure to notify your tax office as some, or all, of Union subs are eligible for tax relief (under Professional Subscriptions on Inland revenue documentation). two thirds of NUT subs are eligible. Nine tenths of ATL subs are eligible. You would need to ask other Unions (some are 100% eligible) as I've only ever been with the two mentioned. The difference in amounts eligible is based on the way they are set up. Tax relief means that you save paying tax at your highest rate (20% for most teachers) on the eligible amount. The Inland revenue increase your tax code and that reduces the tax deducted. For those who have been teaching already and not claiming the allowance, you can go back 6 years and get a tax rebate. Remember to update the tax office each time you renew so that they have the correct figure going forward.