We are the NEU

The National Education Union (NEU) is the largest education union in Europe. We represent more than 460,000 members, including teachers, lecturers, support staff, and school leaders, in maintained and independent schools and colleges across the UK.

The NEU was formed in 2017 following the amalgamation of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

As the largest education union, we have a powerful voice and have been effective in winning improvements to our members’ working conditions and shaping an education system that works for all.

What we do

Represent you in the workplace

One of the main roles of a trade union is collective bargaining. That means the union negotiates with employers on behalf of members on issues like health and safety, pay and working arrangements, and redundancies. To enter into collective bargaining, a union has to be recognised by an employer. The NEU is recognised in most schools and colleges where our members work. If there is an NEU rep in your school, they will be able to represent you if you are facing any form of disciplinary action or if you have a grievance against your employer.

Represent you to Government and policy makers

As the largest education union in the UK, the NEU has a powerful voice when speaking to Government and policy makers. As a member of the NEU, you will have the opportunity to shape education policy and make your voice heard by responding to surveys, attending meetings and conferences, and sharing your views and experiences with the union.

Campaign to shape the future of education

The NEU is proud to be a campaigning union with a clear vision of what our education system should look like. Together, we want to shape the future of education for the benefit of teachers, support staff, and pupils.

As a campaigning union, the NEU works with allies – from parent groups to footballer and food poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford - to articulate our alternative vision and to win on the key issues of workload, funding, child poverty, assessment and pay.

Provide advice and guidance

Whether you need guidance about your employment rights or help with problems such as workload, bullying or accidents at work, NEU members have access to a wealth of expertise. As well as the support of your workplace rep and your branch, you’ll have access to online advice, and the NEU employment Advice Line for expert advice.

Join us

Listen to Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted, joint general secretaries of the NEU, explain why the NEU is the union for you.

We are the NEU: join us
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    Contact us

    How to get in touch with membership, AdviceLine for employment matters, the NEU press office and our national and regional offices.