National Education Union

Standing up for the future of education.

The National Education Union stands up for the future of education by bringing together more than 450,000 teachers, lecturers, support staff and leaders working in maintained and independent schools and colleges across the UK.

Combining the expertise and experience of both the ATL and NUT sections, the National Education Union is the UK’s largest education union. We are an effective and powerful voice – championing everyone who works in education.

We’re committed to making education a great place to work, a great place to teach, and a great place to learn.

National Education Union FAQs

Given the current challenges in education, the National Education Union with the combined resources of ATL and NUT provides: excellent advice, support and representation; learning and development opportunities; and a stronger voice in local and national negotiations and campaigns. The National Education Union is neither ATL nor the NUT.

The National Education Union is open to all education professionals: teachers, leaders and managers in maintained schools, academies, free schools and independent schools; lecturers, managers and leaders in FE and HE and support staff in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It’s easy, you can join online, over the phone or by post. Take a look at our join page for more information.

Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney are the joint general secretaries of the National Education Union. We will have joint general secretaries until 2023.

The Transition Period runs from 1 September 2017 to 1 January 2019 when the National Education Union fully amalgamates. Currently, the ATL and NUT sections will run separately and in parallel overseen by a Joint Executive Council. The transition period is being used to integrate all systems and structures until 1 January 2019 when the NEU fully amalgamates.

No – from 1 September 2017 membership was automatically transferred into either the NUT section of the National Education Union or the ATL section of NEU from 1 September 2017. If you were an ATL member prior to 1 September 2017, you will be in the ATL section of the National Education Union until 1 January 2019. If you were a member of the NUT prior to 1 September 2017, you will be in the NUT section of the National Education Union until 1 January 2019. From 1 January 2019 all ATL/NUT section members will be automatically transferred to be members of the National Education Union.

Please speak first to your workplace rep for advice and support or contact your local District/Division. You can also email the National Education Union advice line or call 0345 8118111 for advice.

Getting involved with your union is the best way to achieve effective change, both in working conditions and in education. We offer a whole host of services from professional development opportunities, discounts for members and publications and other resources.

Why don’t you consider standing to be a workplace rep, health and safety rep or learning rep? Contact your local Division or District secretary for more information about the role.

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  • Free for students/trainees
  • £1 for newly qualified
  • 50% off for new members

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NEU Political Fund

The National Education Union campaign effectively influence political parties on the issues which matter most.

Like 17 other unions in the TUC, the NEU has a non-party political fund whereby members can opt to pay a small amount on top of their subs to support our campaigning work.

The NEU does not affiliate to and does not financially support any political party. We maintain our independence in order to persuade every party to make the best decisions for education professionals and their learners.

Non-party political funds are not uncommon among trade unions - education unions, NASUWT and UCU and civil service union, Prospect have funds and they also don’t affiliate to any political party.

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