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Circular No.:
11-002/O&M
Date:
13 January 2011
To:
Secretaries, Treasurers and Membership Secretaries of Divisions and Local Associations – FOR INFORMATION
NATIONAL UNION OF TEACHERS HEADQUARTERS

Hamilton House  Mabledon Place  London  WC1H 9BD
Telephone 020 7388 6191  Fax 020 7387 8458
www.teachers.org.uk

General Secretary Christine Blower
Deputy General Secretary Kevin Courtney




Dear Colleague

2011 MEMBERSHIP REGULATIONS

Please find enclosed a copy of the 2011 Membership Regulations.  The Membership Regulations can also be found on Hearth.

If you have any queries on the regulations, please contact John Roberts, Organising and Membership (020 7380 4784 j.roberts@nut.org.uk).

Yours sincerely

CHRISTINE BLOWER                                           KEVIN COURTNEY
General Secretary                                                 Deputy General Secretary

JOHN DIXON
Assistant Secretary
Organising and Membership


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JR



MEMBERSHIP REGULATIONS 2011

1.             Members paying full subscription
The full subscription for 2011 is £162.00 plus a local association fee determined by the local association.

2.             Admission subscription rate
Conference 1989 agreed that to facilitate the publication of membership application forms which quote fees for admission to membership of the Union, a special admission subscription rate shall be set, which would include a local fee element.  Pro-rata subscription rates are applied to members paying by direct debit by monthly or annual payments and admitted to membership in the period from February to July.

3.             Political Fund
A political fund contribution equivalent to one per cent of the full subscription rate is added to all subscription payments apart from the £1 introductory rate for NQ1 members.  This fee is subject to exemption; for details visit www.teachersupport.info.

4.             Newly‑Qualified Membership ‑ First Term
Membership in the first school term of teaching is free for all teachers beginning their career.
Student members are transferred to in-service membership on receipt of information about their first teaching appointment.

5.             Newly‑Qualified full time – subscriptions
(a)           Newly-qualified teachers, first appointed in September of previous year and teaching full-time, the first subscription
shall be £1.00 (NQ1)

The second subscription shall be at
50 per cent of the full subscription (NQ2)

Subsequent subscriptions shall be at full annual rate

£1.00 in 2011
(payable in 2nd term)


plus half local fee


plus local fee



(b)           For newly‑qualified teachers, first appointed in the
Spring Term and teaching full-time,
the first subscription shall be £1.00

The second subscription shall be at half rate (NQ2)

Subsequent subscriptions shall be at full rate

£1.00 in 2011
(payable in 2nd term)


plus half local fee

plus local fee



(c)           For newly-qualified teachers, first appointed in the
Summer Term, teaching full-time, the first
subscription shall be £1.00

The second subscription shall be at half rate (NQ2)

Subsequent subscriptions at full rate

£1.00 in 2011
(payable in 2nd term)


plus half local fee

plus local fee



(d)           Newly-Qualified ‑ Later Date Entries
NOTE:   The free period of membership provisions accorded to teachers taking up appointments in the year of qualification shall apply also to qualified persons entering the profession at a later date.



(e)           Newly-Qualified ‑ Other than Full-Time
The regulations regarding newly‑qualified teachers who are employed other than full‑time are set out in the relevant sections.





6.             Part‑Time Members

HALF RATE
New Joiners
£81.00 including local fee
Continuing members
£81.00 plus local fee
QUARTER RATE
New Joiners
£40.50 including local fee
Continuing members
£40.50 plus local fee

(a)           Teachers employed for 6/10ths or less of a working week shall be admitted to membership on the following subscription rates:

First year newly qualified (NQ1)                                      £1
Second year newly-qualified (NQ2)                                 quarter rate
All others                                                                      half rate

(b)           Teachers employed for 3/10ths or less of a working week

First year newly qualified (NQ1)                                      £1
Second year newly-qualified (NQ2)                                 quarter rate
All others                                                                      quarter rate

7.             Teachers Employed on a Daily or Hourly Rate
Teachers employed on a daily or hourly rate shall be admitted to membership on the following subscriptions rates:

Daily or hourly paid, NQ1                                                           £1
Daily or hourly paid, NQ2                                                           quarter rate
All others                                                                                  half rate

8.             Teachers Employed on School Term Contracts
Teachers employed on contracts of employment lasting one or two school terms shall be admitted to membership on the following subscription rates:

Full‑time NQ1                                                                            £1
Full time NQ2                                                                            quarter rate
Part‑time fixed term contract                                                      quarter rate
Full time (2 terms or less)                                                           half rate
Full-time contracts of employment of one year or more               full rate

9.             New Members, Except Newly‑Qualified
Members recruited to the Union, other than newly‑qualified, pay the following subscriptions:

(a)           Admission to Membership ‑ January to May
Teachers who become members of the Union for the first time between 1 January and 31 May shall pay the appropriate annual subscription.

(b)           Admission to Membership ‑ Autumn Term (from 1 June)
Teachers recruited for the first time to membership of the Union in the Autumn Term but who are not newly‑qualified shall be admitted to Union membership on payment of the appropriate subscription for the following year, or a commitment to pay by direct debit.  The subscription rate to be applied depends on whether the teachers are employed on termly, daily or hourly rates, part-time or full-time.

(c)           Re-admission to Membership

(i)             Former members who left the Profession for Family Reasons
Teachers who left the profession for family reasons and who were formerly in membership of the Union, returning to teaching in the Autumn Term, shall be re‑admitted to membership in that term in accordance with the terms set out in Section 10(b). The subscription rate to be applied depends on whether the teachers are employed on termly, daily or hourly rates, part‑time or full‑time.


(ii)            Former Members ‑ Others
Former members of the Union who have been out of membership for five years or more prior to the current membership year shall be treated as new joiners for subscription purposes.

(iii)           Lapsed Members
Lapsed members may be re‑admitted to membership on payment of the appropriate current subscription. Teachers whose membership has lapsed while owing levy payments may be re‑admitted to membership upon payment of the outstanding levy and the appropriate current annual subscription.

10.          Maternity or Unpaid Leave
Members paying full subscription and who take maternity or unpaid leave may pay half subscription in the year in which the maternity or unpaid leave is taken. If the maternity or unpaid leave covers two subscription years the half subscription may be paid in both.
Members paying part-time subscription (half rate) and who take maternity or unpaid leave may pay a quarter subscription in the year(s) in which the maternity or unpaid leave is taken.

11.          Retiring Members
Full time members retiring at the end of the Summer Term in any year shall be entitled to membership benefits on payment of a subscription to be determined annually, plus half the local fee. Part time members retiring shall be entitled to pay a quarter rate plus half local fee.
Full time: £81.00 in 2011 plus half local fee
Part time: £40.50 in 2011 plus half local fee

12.          Left Profession Members
A member leaving the education service but not retiring shall be entitled to left profession membership upon payment of an annual subscription to be determined annually plus any local association fee, and shall be entitled to those services and benefits not excluded within the rules of the Union.
£16.20 in 2011 plus local fee (if applicable).

13.          Retired Members
A member retiring from the profession shall be entitled to retired membership upon payment of an annual subscription, to be determined annually plus any local association fee, and shall be entitled to those services and benefits not excluded within the rules of the Union.
£4.75 in 2011 plus local fee (if applicable).

14.          Life Membership
Local associations may offer life membership to retired members at a locally agreed "once-and-for-all" payment on condition that the subscription referred to in Section 13 shall be submitted annually to headquarters by the local association conferring such life membership.

15.          Members Overseas and Teachers from Overseas
(a)           Members who pay the appropriate subscription may continue to do so when serving temporarily outside England and Wales (see note below) and they will be eligible to receive benefits and assistance entailing expenditure from the funds of the Union in accordance with the rules. Alternatively, such members and members permanently resident outside England and Wales may pay the equivalent of the minimum local fee as determined annually but, in this event, they shall have no claim to benefits and assistance which entail expenditure from the funds of the Union (minimum local fee 2011 - £8.10).

Note:    Such membership of the Union shall be taken up through the Central Overseas Service Schools Association, but for those members serving in service schools, membership should be taken up through the SCE Worldwide Division.

The term "serving temporarily outside England and Wales" shall mean:

(i)             service overseas with HM Forces or under an appointment made by a Minister of the Crown;
(ii)            service on contract for a number of years with a foreign government; and
(iii)           any other service which, in the opinion of the Executive, is comparable to such type of appointment.

(b)           Teachers from abroad working on exchange in England or Wales are entitled to free membership of the NUT while they are on exchange providing they are in current membership of a teachers' organisation affiliated to the Education International. Teachers who are not in membership of a teachers' organisation affiliated to the Education International are eligible to receive benefits and assistance entailing expenditure from the funds of the Union in accordance with the rules upon payment of half rate subscription, plus such local fee as deemed appropriate by the local association concerned.

16.          VSO
Members on a placement abroad of a year or more with VSO will have their membership free of charge for the period of the placement. Members will be entitled to the full range of membership services including legal and professional support for the duration of this placement.

17.          Resignation
A member wishing to resign from membership of the Union shall be required to submit that resignation in writing or by email to the secretary of the constituent association by not later than 31 December of the year preceding that in which resignation would become effective. Members failing to resign in this manner shall be deemed to have lapsed membership.

18.          Eligibility for Membership of the Union
All persons with qualifications recognised by the Union shall be eligible for membership of the Union in accordance with Union rule 5(d) and subject to the provisions of Union rule 37(a).  All students pursuing teacher training courses shall be admitted to student membership of the Union (Union rule 37(g)).  A teacher who is following an employment based training route to qualified teacher status shall be eligible for membership of the Union as an ordinary member without payment of any subscription (Union rule 37(f)).

19.          Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland
A teacher who is a member of the Educational Institute of Scotland and has paid the subscription for the current year as a member of the Institute, and obtains a permanent teaching appointment in England, Wales, the Channel Isles or the Isle of Man, shall be admitted to membership of the Union without subscription from the time the teacher takes up such appointment until 31 December following, provided that the teacher has undertaken to become an ordinary member of the Union.