....I'm wondering because I was debating with my little sister. She is currently doing her primary PGCE and I start mine (secondary history) in September. I asked her why she joined the NUT and whether she had done any research and she said that it was because she had been given a free bag by them! Then she conceded that the ATL had also given her a bag but she joined the NUT because that was the union her mentor was a member of (in her first placement). Essentially, she hadn't really given it much thought! They all have 'deals' to entice student teachers, so just wondering how you came to your decision? I have been reading all the policies etc.