The NEU is led by teachers for teachers. The day to day running of the union is led by the union leadership team.
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.