Apologies if this is a question with an 'obvious' yes or no answer, but I wasn't sure so thought it best to ask on here. I'm presently studying for a maths degree with the OU with the aim to become a maths teacher. I've secured some regular voluntary work in a local secondary school's maths dept and also some paid days there too since they were pleased with the support I could provide - but covid meant that's on hold until Sept at the earliest. I'd like to transition from my 'other job' to spend additional paid time working in secondary schools and to that end have spoken to a couple of agencies who provide cover supervisors for this area. My question is this - can I / should I join a union at this stage? From the litigious nature of how schools can be I'd have thought this could be sensible, however, as a non-qualified non-degree person I wasn't sure if that's possible to do yet? I'd imagine that TA's would join a union so the non-degree issue may be a red-herring. I believe there are a few unions and so if it's a 'yes' to joining - is there one that may be more suitable than another? I've read on here that teachers have been recommended to join the 'main' union in their school, but for someone who may go to a few schools, that's not really plausible. I've also read the pinned post but that didn't refer to Cover Supervisors whatsoever https://www.tes.com/blog/join-a-union-yes-now Any suggestions gratefully rec'd. Thx all.