Frequently asked questions about joining

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Who can join NAHT Edge?

Why should I join?

What's included in my membership?

How do I join?

How do I finish a partially completed application?

I’m an assistant head. Should I join NAHT Edge or NAHT?

How much does membership cost?

I work part time. Can I get a reduction on my membership fees?

When does my membership start?

I want to transfer from NAHT to NAHT Edge. What should I do?

I need my NAHT membership number to transfer my NAHT membership to NAHT Edge. What should I do?

Can I get tax relief on my membership and if so, how?

I’d like to become a member but I’m currently with another union. What do I need to do?

My school is based on a British Forces Posted Overseas (BFPO) base overseas. Can I join?

Why has NAHT launched NAHT Edge?

Will I receive full trade union protection, representation and legal support?

How will you handle any conflicts between individual NAHT senior leaders and NAHT Edge middle leaders?

What will you do if government policy causes a conflict of interest between middle and senior leaders?

What happens if I move from senior leadership to a middle leadership position?

FAQs NAHT Edge member referral scheme
 

Q. Who can join NAHT Edge?

A. People with responsibilities beyond their own classroom and who need support with balancing classroom activities and school management. Check if you’re eligible.
 

Q. Why should I join?

A. Join us if you’re looking for:

  • high quality union support, representation and legal protection;

  •  professional association membership that includes practical help, continuing professional development and training designed to help you refresh your skills or progress to the next stage of your career;

  • expert advice on leadership, management, curriculum and pedagogy to help you to make a difference at your school;

  • your voice (and those like you) to be heard in educational policy making; and

  • quick, easy, access to expert advice and information at a time that works for you.

Find out more about the benefits of membership and why we’re different.

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Q.What's included in my membership?

A. To learn about everything included in your membership, click here.

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Q. How do I join?

A. Complete a quick and simple online form to join. You’ll need to provide your contact details and set up a direct debit. It should only take about three minutes and your membership will start immediately. Join today.

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Q. How do I finish a partially completed application?

A.  Resume your application by logging into My NAHT Edge with your username and password that you created when you first applied. Select My membership and complete your application.

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Q. I’m an assistant head. Should I join NAHT Edge or NAHT?

A. The choice is yours. As an assistant head, you’re eligible to be a member of either organisation, NAHT and NAHT Edge both provide union membership suited to assistant Head teachers, but differ in the career stage they focus on and how their services are delivered.
NAHT concentrates on whole-school leadership matters, whilst NAHT Edge has an emphasis on curriculum and pedagogy, plus support if you are leading a department, subject, or year.

NAHT has a more traditional local branch structure offering networking opportunities, whilst NAHT Edge encourages members to be involved in our online community to connect, share advice and best practice, arrange mentoring, shadowing and secondments, and vote on policy.

Both forms of membership offer tailored face-to-face small-group training courses. 

You can find out more about NAHT Edge eligibility.

You can find out more about NAHT membership here.
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Q. How much does membership cost?

A. £13.50 per month (£162 per year), payable by direct debit. There are also options for part time, overseas and retired ‘life’ members. If you’re ready, join now.

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Q. I work part time. Can I get a reduction on my membership fees?

A. Yes. Anybody who works 0.6FTE or less is eligible for a 40 per cent reduction.
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Q. When does my membership start?

A. It starts immediately. Once your online application is successfully submitted you’re protected from that point. You’ll also be able to browse our resources and join our online discussions right away.

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Q. I want to transfer from NAHT to NAHT Edge. What should I do?

A. To transfer your membership, you'll need your NAHT membership number. Click here to apply

NAHT members wishing to join are able to transfer membership as long as they meet the following criteria:

  • are eligible for membership of NAHT Edge; and

  • are not part-way through proceedings with an NAHT officer, regional officer or solicitor. If you're part-way through proceedings, the matter must be concluded in NAHT membership and your NAHT subscription must continue to be paid.

On completion of your application we'll activate your NAHT Edge membership. We'll also manage the closure of your NAHT membership with effect from the day before you joined NAHT Edge. Your NAHT direct debit instruction will be suspended so that no further NAHT fees are collected.
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Q. I need my NAHT membership number to transfer my NAHT membership to NAHT Edge. What should I do?

A. If you don't have your NAHT membership number, don't apply as we'll be unable to complete your transfer. Simply email us at membersupport@nahtedge.org.uk providing your full name, date of birth and home postcode to request your membership number.

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Q. Can I get tax relief on my membership and if so, how?

A. Yes. Our subscriptions are tax deductible. Click here to find out more.

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Q.I’d like to become a member but I’m currently with another union. What do I need to do?

A. Your membership will start the moment you complete your application.

Once you’ve joined, we recommend you send an email to your existing union advising them you wish to cancel your membership.

Please note that every union has different terms and conditions about cancelling membership so check with your current union for details.

We’d advise you not to allow any gaps in union cover between memberships.

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Q. My school is based on a British Forces Posted Overseas (BFPO) base overseas. Can I join?

A. Yes. And you’ll only pay the UK rate.
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Q. Why has NAHT launched NAHT Edge?

A. Teachers need the best support possible if they’re to reach their own potential and help each of their students to flourish. Our research shows that those with responsibilities beyond their own classroom need professional association and union services tailored to their specific needs, delivered in a way that suits them.  
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Q. Will I receive full trade union protection, representation and legal support?

A. Yes. NAHT Edge is part of NAHT so you’ll receive support that’s underwritten by the same experienced team.

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Q. How will you handle any conflicts between individual NAHT senior leaders and NAHT Edge middle leaders?

A. NAHT Edge has been established to help prevent conflict between all teachers by developing middle leaders in schools to be the glue that binds staff together. However, should any issues arise between members we will handle this as we would between NAHT members, for example, between a head teacher and their deputy. This means keeping information separate, confidential and ensuring both sides have equal levels of representation.
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Q. What will you do if government policy causes a conflict of interest between middle and senior leaders?

A. We don’t anticipate many such situations because our overriding concern is ultimately about what the evidence suggests is best for all learners and for education as a whole. However, should such tensions arise we have a clear and transparent process in place that will allow decisions to be made and then communicated. 
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Q. What happens if I move from senior leadership to a middle leadership position?

A. It may be that you’re now only eligible for NAHT Edge rather than NAHT, so contact us at membersupport@nahtedge.org.uk to find out and arrange to be transferred. Again, please remember that assistant head teachers can choose between NAHT and NAHT Edge.
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FAQs NAHT Edge member referral scheme

Please find below some frequently asked questions and answers. For full terms and conditions of the NAHT Edge referral offer please visit nahtedge.org.uk/TandC

Q             I have been referred for membership and have joined. When am I likely to get my Amazon vouchers?

A             You will receive your Amazon vouchers within three months of us receiving your first payment. Please note when joining you will receive a confirmation email with your membership start date and membership number. Until receipt of this email your joining process has not been successfully completed.

Q             I have referred a colleague, when will I receive my Amazon vouchers?

A             You will receive your Amazon vouchers within three months of the new member making their first payment.

Q             I have referred a colleague and have not received my Amazon vouchers

A             If you’ve made a recommendation, the person you referred may have decided not to join us or may not have fully completed the joining process. Unfortunately for data protection legislation we cannot confirm or if they have or have not taken up membership.

Q             How do I redeem my Amazon vouchers?

A             Vouchers can be redeemed online at Amazon.co.uk

Q             I don’t know my membership number

A             Please email us at joinus@nahtedge.org.uk with your full name, school name and post code and your date of birth and we will supply you with your number.

Q             I recently recommended someone who has joined but this offer was not in place, can I claim the vouchers retrospectively?

A             No, unfortunately this offer is only valid to people joining under this scheme. Please see nahtedge.org.uk/TandC for details.

Q             Can I defer my membership start date?

A             Yes. You will need to join now by visiting nahtedge.org.uk/referral and then send an email to joinus@nahtedge.org.uk with your preferred start date, your name, your school’s name and postcode and your job title. Please note the final membership start date for this offer is 1 January 2018, please see nahtedge.org.uk/TandC  for details.

Q             I am on the NAHT Edge website, how do I join?

A             Please visit nahtedge.org.uk/referral and follow the process outlined there. Please note this is the only joining route for this scheme.

Q             I am on the NAHT Edge website, how do I refer a colleague?

A             Visit nahtedge.org.uk/refer and follow the process outlined there. Please note this is the only referral route for this scheme.

Q             Can I use this offer in conjunction with other membership offers?

A             No. New members are only eligible to apply for one promotional offer against their membership application, please see nahtedge.org.uk/TandC  for details.

Q             Can I join NAHT Edge?

A             Please visit nahtedge.org.uk/Join/Eligibility.aspx

Q             I’ve lost my NAHT Edge referral vouchers

A             Simply visit nahtedge.org.uk/referralvouchers to download more.

Q             I need more NAHT Edge referral vouchers

A             Simply visit nahtedge.org.uk/referralvouchers to download more.

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