Welcome to the teaching profession and to the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association.

As the only specialist Secondary Teachers’ union in Scotland, we have been representing Scottish secondary teachers for over 70 years, and are experts in the issues which affect them. Our aim is to enhance the quality of education in Scottish Secondary Schools, and to work for the best possible salaries and conditions for our members.

You can join the SSTA by completing an online application form. Membership is free while you are a student.

Trade Union Membership while studying for your PGDE

As a student in training you are allowed to join all of the teaching unions and then make a decision on which union you wish to remain a member of when you begin your probationary year and the Teacher Induction Scheme.

Why Choose the SSTA

The SSTA believes the job of a secondary teacher is different. We know the demands of your profession because we’ve been secondary teachers too.
Becoming a union member is the best career choice you can make. It levels the playing field between you and your employer, giving you a team of specialist staff to back you when problems arise. With the strength of our growing membership, the SSTA can negotiate the best outcome for you as an individual - and the sector as a whole.

Every member has access to union officials who can advise and represent you in matters such as unfair dismissal, salary issues, or bullying and harassment. Free legal advice and representation is also available on all professional and employment matters.

The SSTA is the voice of secondary teachers in negotiations. As the only union to solely represent secondary teachers on pay and conditions, we fight to get you the best deal.

We also campaign to ensure the views and needs of secondary teachers are heard in policy debates. If you wish your views to be fully represented, there is only one union you should join.

You can join the SSTA as a Student in Training by completing an online application form. Membership is free while you are a student.

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