The National Education Union is the largest education union in Europe, supporting and representing more than 450,000 members, including the majority of teachers. Whether you’re a trainee, newly qualified or experienced teacher, lecturer, support staff or leader, working in every sector across the UK, including local authority, academy and independent schools, sixth form colleges and FE/HE – you can join the National Education Union.
The Chartered College
The Chartered College provides a range of support and resources beyond those provided on the Early Career Hub. You can find information about these, along with research digests, research reviews, blog posts, videos and more on the main MyCollege site.
All back issues of the Chartered College of Teaching’s journal, Impact, can also be accessed online, with hundreds of articles covering all aspects of teaching practice.
All Chartered College members can access our education research database, featuring thousands of journal titles and ebooks.
Do take a look at our Chartered College events, webinars and networks, as well as seeing a list of events from other organisations that might interest you. We also run a range of courses, including free online courses.
As a Chartered College member, you are entitled to discounts on education books from a range of publishers. You can find a list of member discounts on the main part of MyCollege.
As an early career teacher, you may be particularly interested in the Early Career Framework handbook, a new publication from the Chartered College of Teaching that is designed to support teachers (and their mentors) as they go through the Early Career Framework. Don’t forget to use your member discount for Sage (details included in the member discounts link above).
Join your union
Joining a union can provide you with advice and support. There are several teacher unions; the main teacher and school leader unions who cover England are listed below.
NASUWT, the Teachers’ Union, provides unrivalled protection, benefits and support for teachers, from professional advice and legal support to High Street discounts and free training. By ‘putting teachers first’, the NASUWT works to enhance the status of the teaching profession to deliver real improvements to teachers’ working lives, seeking to ensure they are recognised and rewarded as highly skilled professionals with working conditions that enable them to focus on their core role of teaching.
Voice is the union for education professionals. We work tirelessly to represent those working in the education sector, early years and childcare to ensure that our members have the support, guidance and representation of a strong and approachable union.
The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) is the leading professional association and trade union for all school and college leaders. We are proud to support and represent over 19,000 school and college leaders of primary, secondary and post-16 education from across the UK. Our members are responsible for the education of more than four million young people and children. We work to shape national education policy, provides advice and support to our members and deliver first-class professional development.
NAHT is the definitive voice of school leaders. Alongside our members, we work to create a better education system for both educationalists and students alike. We represent school leaders working within a number of different areas of the education sector, and our members include head teachers, deputy and assistant heads, school business leaders, special educational needs coordinators, virtual school heads and leaders of outdoor education centres.
Other organisations providing support for teachers
There are a wide range of other education organisations and charities providing support who you may come across in different ways.
Edapt provides staff in schools with support in individual employment disputes and allegations. We are the only alternative to traditional education trade union membership in England and Wales. We are apolitical, independent and do not participate in political lobbying or strike action. Edapt has been supporting school staff since 2012, with many subscribers telling us we offer an invaluable service which is better value for money and offers higher-quality support than other organisations.
We are your charity! As the UK’s only charity providing mental health and wellbeing support services to all education staff and organisations, we are here for you. Established in 1877 as a benevolent fund for teachers, we have been continuously evolving to meet the changing needs of the education sector. Today we are proud to support anyone working in education, at any level and in any institution.
Other organisations to be aware of
There are many different organisations in the education system who you may come across in different ways.
The Teaching Schools Council (TSC) is a national body representing all Teaching Schools in England. The Council is made up of 20 members with either a national or regional remit, who direct and shape the work of Teaching Schools through discussion with government ministers and senior officials.
CfSA is an umbrella organisation, independent of Government, which represents subject associations nationally and allows them to speak with a single voice on key issues and consultations. Members of the CfSA benefit from the power of a unified voice , representing Subject Associations in informing educators, policy makers and media about research and professional practice informed approaches to the curriculum, pedagogy, teacher training and professional development.
The Universities Council for the Education of Teachers acts as a national forum for the discussion of matters relating to the education of teachers and professional educators, and to the study of education in the university sector and contributes to the formulation of policy in these fields. Its members are UK universities involved in teacher education, and a number of colleges of higher education in the university sector.
NASBTT is a registered charity which represents the interests of schools-led teacher training provision in relation to the development and implementation of national policy developments. Our members include SCITT providers, School Direct Lead Schools, Teaching Schools and HEIs as well as a range of other organisations involved in the education and professional development of teachers. We have more than 200 members representing in excess of 10,000 trainees.
With a fair education, everything’s possible. With great teachers, with brilliant leaders, with the right policy and connections, schools will thrive. And so will our children. Schools do an amazing job in tough conditions. We’re on the side of the schools facing the biggest challenges. We support them to make three things happen.
In an educational landscape where pressure is mounting around teacher recruitment, retention, pupil outcomes and quality of teaching, there has never been a more important time to invest in staff development. Founded by teachers in 2012, the Teacher Development Trust is the national charity for effective professional development in schools and colleges. We are raising awareness of the importance of CPD, building tools to help teachers transform their practice and supporting schools to achieve success for all their pupils.
The Education Endowment Foundation is an independent charity established in 2011 to improve the educational attainment of the poorest pupils in English schools. The EEF aims to support teachers and senior leaders by providing evidence-based resources designed to improve practice and boost learning
The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills is a non-ministerial department of the UK government, reporting to Parliament. OfstedThe Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills – a non-ministerial department responsible for inspecting and regulating services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills is responsible for inspecting a range of educational institutions, including state schools and some independent schools.
The Confederation of School Trusts (CST) is the national organisation and sector body for school trusts in England advocating for, connecting and supporting executive and governance leaders. We are a membership organisation of organisations. This means that the organisation – the Trust – is the member.
Education Development Trust works collaboratively with national and local governments, schools and other partners from around the world to design and deliver sustainable solutions to improve education and transform lives. Our work is evidence informed and we invest annually in our programme of educational research.
We are a graduate school for teachers, school leaders and system leaders, serving children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our programmes support educators at every stage – from new teachers through to leaders of groups of schools – to keep getting better.
CUREE is an internationally acknowledged centre of expertise in school and college improvement and evidence-informed leadership and practice in education. Led by our Chief Executive, Professor Philippa Cordingley our staff use their knowledge and skills in teaching, research, communications and knowledge management to produce high quality research, CPD and tools and resources. We work with and for schools and colleges, academy chains, teaching schools and other clusters and alliances, with professional associations, universities, and government departments and agencies in the UK and worldwide.
The National Governance Association (NGA) is the membership organisation for governors, trustees and clerks of state schools in England. We are an independent, not-for-profit charity that aims to improve the educational standards and wellbeing of young people by increasing the effectiveness of governing boards and promoting high standards. We are expert leaders in school and academy governance, providing information, advice and guidance, professional development and e-learning. We represent the views of governors, trustees and clerks at a national level and work closely with, and lobby, UK government and educational bodies
The Coalition for Evidence-based Education (CEBE) is an alliance of researchers, policy makers and practitioners who are interested in improving the way research evidence is accessed, and used, across the sector. CEBE aims to provide a platform to share ideas, set up new collaborative projects, host events and promote independent activity that is taking place across partner organisations
Our vision is to improve teaching and learning for all children and young people. We do this by working closely with schools to support the development and use of research evidence to inform and improve education outcomes for all children. In collaboration with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) we support a national Research Schools Network and have developed resources aimed at people on the front line of education.
Subject Associations provide CPD, resources and support related to their specific subject areas; this includes for primary and secondary school teachers.