Members who require advice should generally not contact with the School Representative. Unlike some other unions we do not use our representatives in this way. If the issue relates to locally negotiated conditions, the first point of contact should be with the District Secretary.

Most issues (especially disciplinary issues and grievance) require that contact is made with the General Secretary. The School Representative may advise on school based arrangements e.g. the Working Time Agreement.

Free legal advice and representation, whenever necessary, on all professional matters.

Advice is provided on:

  • Contractual Duties
  • Superannuation and Retirement
  • Sickness Leave and Pay
  • Maternity Leave and Pay
  • Disciplinary Matters
  • Grievances
  • Health and Safety Matters
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Transfer
  • Employment Rights
  • Other Conditions of Service
  • Workplace Bullying/Harassment

Member Services

Extended Legal service from Thompsons Solicitors - a one stop shop for all your legal needs.

  • Free Legal Advice
  • Accidents, Injuries and disease outside of work
  • Road Traffic Service
  • Discounted Rates for Family Law and Conveyancing Services
  • Free Wills Scheme
  • Fixed Rate Executry and Bereavement Service


Financial & insurance services

Cornmarket Insurance Services have been looking after the general insurance needs of educational professionals for over 30 years. The SSTA have recently appointed Cornmarket as our official insurance partner so that you can benefit from the offers and range of insurance policies for your car, home, motorbike, and travel needs.

Cornmarket Protect 

The Cornmarket Protect Group Insurance offers excellent levels of cover at significantly discounted rates with the benefits of a fully insured scheme from the UK’s market leader.

Using the combined buying power of the SSTA and Cornmarket, we have been able to bring you a range of insurances which you will get FREE for the first 3 months* and save you £66!

Personal effects insurance scheme: limited insurance cover is available against theft, loss or damage of members' personal effects whilst engaged in professional duties;

Malicious damage to motor vehicles: limited insurance cover is provided against damage through malicious intent to members' vehicles while undertaking professional duties;

Personal Accident cover: A range of benefits for those involved in personal accidents at work.

Tax Review Specialists: The SSTA is working with the UK’s leading professional tax review specialists to offer members the opportunity to receive a free online review of their current and last 4 years tax codes. The review, provided by The Tax Refund Company, will identify any errors that caused an employer to deduct too much tax and will help you get your money back from HMRC where this has occurred. Using the service does not require you to have kept your pay slips for the past 4 years.

Debt Management Advice: Payplan are one of the biggest debt management companies in the UK, helping over 100,000 people to cope with their debts each year by offering:

Life assurance, savings, investments, pensions: by special arrangement a full range of financial services is provided for members by a leading company of independent financial advisers.

Benevolent fund: The Association maintains a Benevolent Fund which is used to assist members or their families in case of need.

Teachers Pension Scheme - Useful Information 


Retirement Planning

These courses are offered exclusively by the SSTA though and independent financial advisor. The Courses are designed for members who are approaching retirement and are normally held in January and February. A list of planned courses will be listed here.

Recordings of recent pension briefings can also be found here.

Please contact the Headquarters for more information.