Workplace Representatives are very often the first contact that members and the teaching workforce in the school have with the NASUWT.
It is essential that Workplace Representatives encourage all new teacher members of staff, newly qualified teachers and student teachers on their work-based placements to join the Union.
Workplace Representatives are also central to communicating information from the national and regional Union to members in the school.
There are a number of activities that Workplace Representatives can undertake to raise the profile and activities of the NASUWT within the school:
ensuring all information from the national and regional Union is communicated to the membership in the school;
calling regular members meetings at a time and place that is accessible to all;
making sure that every teacher, including newly qualified teachers and student teachers on their work-based placements are asked to join the Union;
ensure that the school noticeboard is kept up to date with NASUWT information - see the NASUWT Noticeboard Pack;
All Workplace Representatives should ensure that they stay in regular contact with their Local Association.
Local Association Officers will provide essential guidance and support and will be able to inform you about new resources available to you and relevant training that you want or need to go on.
How can you make a difference?
Ruth-Anne, a secondary school teacher in Greater Manchester explains why she became an NASUWT Rep and how she has been able to grow the NASUWT membership and make a difference for herself, her colleagues and the school.