Putting teachers first is the philosophy that has made NASUWT the largest teachers' union in the UK. Today's students are the teachers of tomorrow. The NASUWT is the leader in the provision of services for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) students. NASUWT supports student teachers in partnership with the National Union of Students to provide a comprehensive package of representation both whilst studying and on teacher training placements.
Preparing for your First Teaching Post Seminars
The NASUWT provides our annual 'Preparing for your First Teacher Post' seminars across the UK throughout August every year.
These seminars are open to any student member of the NASUWT in the year of qualification that converts their membership to FREE full newly qualified teacher (NQT) membership before attending one of the seminars.
You can find out more about the seminars on the New Teacher page.
Get Involved In NASUWT
The NASUWT is actively attempting to set up student committee/forums in all teacher training institutions whereby NASUWT student members can discuss issues that are important to them along with recognised NASUWT officials.
Many NASUWT student members have got actively involved in the campaigns of the Union on their campuses.
Some of the issues and events NASUWT student members have got involved in include helping to set up Love Music Hate Racism gigs on campus, working with Union officials generally on our anti racist strategy and also discussing work based issues with the NASUWT such as the mis-use of technology in the classroom and cyberbullying of teachers.
If you are interested in getting involved in any of the Unions campaigns for student teachers, or you are interested in finding out more about getting actively involved as a student contact and/or in a NASUWT student forum, download and complete a 'Getting Involved' card.
All completed 'Getting Involved' cards should be returned to;
The Recruitment Team, NASUWT, Hillscourt Education Centre, Rose Hill, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 8RS.
Alternatively you can let your National/Regional Centre know of your interest in getting actively involved with the NASUWT.
Young teachers are increasingly seeing the worth to their colleagues and their own professional development in getting involved in the Union, find out more by visiting the NASUWT Young Activist of the Year page.
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The First Appointments Lecture Tour
Every year the NASUWT sponsor the highly successful First Appointments Lecture Tour delivered by Barry Hancock, a former deputy head teacher and Education Consultant, Head of Teacher Recruitment, Appointment and Retention, at Redbridge Local Authority.
The lecture takes place at over 60 teacher training institutions across the UK and it provides training teachers in their final year expert guidance on finding their first teaching post. The lecture takes students through the process from the letter of application through to the interview and beyond. The lecture tour runs from September to April every year, if you are about to enter into the final year of your training make sure you ask your teacher training institution if they are holding an NASUWT sponsored First Appointments lecture and if they are not why not ask them if they would consider it? Comments on the lecture from some of our student members, include the lecture being a key factor that influenced them obtaining their first post as a newly qualified teacher.