I'm a new poster here, and have found myself dismayed about the number of teaching professionals who do not belong to a union and have found out too late that they need the support. There are a fair few options for us to choose from, and they are free if you are training or an NQT. Please join up if you haven't done so already. With the climate that we are working in at the moment in schools, it is short sighted not to. I know sometimes the unions can't do very much, but in many cases they are the difference between keeping or losing your job, or exiting in a fair manner.