About the ASTI Student Teacher Network

The ASTI Student Teacher Network provides you with all the services and benefits that come with being a member of Ireland's only dedicated second-level teacher union.

As well as that, the ASTI Student Teacher Network offers tailored services for student teachers, such as a negotiated financial package from the ASTI Credit Union, student-centered events and student-focused advice and information.  

The ASTI Student Teacher Network gives the next generation of teachers and a say in the future of second-level education.

Some of what the ASTI has to offer student members


Answers to your questions
The ASTI is here to explain all aspects of your rights and your entitlements. Got a question about teaching jobs? Need to know more about salary? Wondering about union policy? Any question big or small, give us a call on 1850-418400; email info(at)asti.ie; or have a look around the website, which has hundreds of pages of information available to you 24/7.

If you have a question or concern at any time throughout the year, we’re here to help!

Money saving deals and benefits
A special ASTI Credit Union student teacher financial package is available to all members of the ASTI Student Teacher Network. The package offers loans of up to €5,000 at a very low interest rate, as well as other benefits - find out more.

As an ASTI member, you can access a number of specially negotiated deals on a range of products including an affinity credit card and car, home, travel and health insurance.

Tailored events, training and professional development
Specific ASTI Student Network events are planned – keep an eye on the website and in ASTI publications for full details. In addition the ASTI runs regular events aimed at new and young teachers. 

News and information
The ASTI website is updated daily with news and information for teachers. Throughout the year members receive copies of ASTIR magazine, providing news, features and comment on subjects of interest to teachers professionally and personally. Our newsletter, Nuacht will regularly update you on issues relating to your job, working conditions, industrial relations developments and ASTI activity and achievements. You can also keep up to date by joining us on Facebook and Twitter.

As an ASTI member, you can access information leaflets covering all aspects of your job, rights and entitlements. Copies are available on request from ASTI Head Office.

Representation and protection…

… for you
The ASTI will stand up for you if your employment rights are being infringed. We will advise and represent you if you are involved in a dispute of any kind. Through the ASTI, you can access professional industrial relations support and advice, and legal representation, if necessary. ASTI staff will represent you in meetings with school management and the Department of Education. Most issues can be easily and quickly resolved through discussion at this level. Where necessary, however, we will represent and support you in cases taken to the Rights Commissioner, equality tribunals, or the Labour Court. We have years of experience and a wealth of expert knowledge - put it to use!

….for your profession
The ASTI works to protect and improve teachers’ working conditions and to ensure job security. The ASTI represents its members at national, regional, and school levels. We negotiate with the Department of Education, managerial bodies, boards of management and VECs on an ongoing basis to achieve the best conditions for our members. Campaigns on your behalfASTI campaigns reflect your best interests and those of second-level students. This year we will continue to campaign against cuts to teachers’ pay, for improved education funding, better school conditions and for more teaching jobs. The ASTI has succeeded in securing extra teaching posts, even at a time when vacancies in other areas of the public service went unfilled. We have a powerful voice to use on your behalf. ASTI Substitute Placement SchemeOnce you qualify, you can sign up to our substitute placement scheme. We maintain a register of teachers available for work so we can match them to substitute opportunities as they arise. A say in educationOnly ASTI members can influence ASTI policy. You can do this through ballots, at branch meetings, by sitting on committees and attending Annual Convention. The ASTI is represented on the NCCA and the Teaching Council, as well as other education bodies. We play an important role in shaping second-level education policy in Ireland. As an ASTI member, you can influence the changing landscape of education so if you have something to say, say it!