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is it worth the extra £100 to join NAHT?

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by mrstodd, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. I am a new deputy head looking at union membership. The NAHT is charging £264 a year, compared to the NUT who charges £166. The NAHT offers people on the leadership scale their 'Headway' monthly publication and I can't see any other difference. Is this worth the extra £100 a year or is there something I'm missing? Up until this point I've not been in a union but think that the time has come now that my responsibilities are so much greater and the politics of teaching affects what I do, and how my colleagues and pupils are affected, on a greater scale. I'd really appreciate your thoughts.
     
  2. I am a new deputy head looking at union membership. The NAHT is charging £264 a year, compared to the NUT who charges £166. The NAHT offers people on the leadership scale their 'Headway' monthly publication and I can't see any other difference. Is this worth the extra £100 a year or is there something I'm missing? Up until this point I've not been in a union but think that the time has come now that my responsibilities are so much greater and the politics of teaching affects what I do, and how my colleagues and pupils are affected, on a greater scale. I'd really appreciate your thoughts.
     
  3. Has to be a political choice I think. Maybe look at constitutions? Some have a very Teacher focused agenda and are quite anti leadership. I have found the NAHT an invaluable service as a Head and Deputy for serious issues and day to day advice.
     
  4. Thanks for that. To be honest I've done 12 years without being in a union and I'm only thinking of joining on out of 'fear' that if I don't 'something bad' might happen. So I think I'll go for the cheaper one. Would be grateful for anyone shooting me down at this point and giving me good reasons to choose a particular one...
     
  5. You might wish to bear in mind what might happen if you find yourself the target of a grievance by a member of staff who is also an NUT member. Being in NAHT offers you a clear distinction between yourself as a leader and your staff.
    Furthermore, in view of the changes to budgets, pensions and LAs, you may find it better to be a member of a union focussed on the school leader's view of these issues.
    £100 over 12 months = £8.33 per month.
     
  6. jellandy

    jellandy New commenter

    And regardless of which one you pick - don't forget you can claim tax relief on professional fees!
     

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