Member groups

NEU members work in a range of roles and workplaces.

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Students and trainees

Whether you’re starting your training in a school or at university, the National Education Union is here to support you throughout your teacher training and your career.

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New teachers

Advice for teachers starting out in their careers, known as Early Career Teachers (ECT) in England and Northern Ireland and Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) in Wales.

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Schools and colleges need to be effectively led by leaders and managers who are well supported and developed to meet and succeed in an immensely challenging education environment.

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Supply staff

Advice for supply members, whether working via agencies or directly with schools, and for NEU branch and district officers supporting such members.

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Support staff

The NEU represents support staff members across the UK in the maintained, academy, free school, independent, further education, sixth form and university sectors.

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Unattached teachers

This guidance summarises the position in respect of pay and conditions for unattached teachers employed by local authorities in England and Wales.

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Soulbury officers

Advice on pay, conditions of service and other matters for Soulbury employees.

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Independent sector

We represent more teachers and support staff working in independent schools than any other union.

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Further education teachers

The NEU is involved in local negotiations with many colleges and campaigns with other unions to improve pay and working conditions in colleges.

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Sixth form colleges

Teachers' pay and working conditions in sixth form colleges are decided in negotiations with the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association; the NEU leads the teachers’ side in negotiations.

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Our reps are the heart of the NEU – the largest education union in Europe.

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