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7th November 2003 at 00:00
* Ten years ago, most union members didn't regard professional development as part of their union's job.

A new system of union learning reps - also known as 'learning organisers' or 'development advisers' - will soon become the first port of call for those looking for training opportunities

* This year the NUT plans to spend pound;285,000 on CPD

* The NASUWT's most popular course is a two-day workshop for NQTs about to start their first job - with the emphasis on behaviour management

* In Scotland, 35 hours a year of CPD is a compulsory component of all new contracts

* Most courses are open to non-union members but if you've paid your subs you'll enjoy reduced fees - and if you're an active officer you may find courses are free

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