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. 

The NEU has members in about 160 further education colleges in England where we are one of the unions that is represented in the national negotiations with the Association of Colleges. 

Advice and guidance

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Pay in further education

Members in FE have seen their pay levels drift to a staggering £9k below that of schoolteachers and their counterparts in Sixth Form Colleges.

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When colleges are going through restructuring members understandably look to their union for support and advice.

Professional practice

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Lesson observation in FE colleges

This guidance outlines NEU best practice models for both the conduct of lesson observations and the teaching and learning observation system (TLOS) framework within which they are conducted.


Teaching staff in FE colleges, including fixed term, temporary and zero hours staff directly employed by the college can join the Teachers' Pension Scheme. Agency workers between 22 and State Pension Age and earning over the “earnings threshold” of £10,000 should be ‘auto-enrolled’ into a workplace pension scheme provided by the agency.

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Teachers' Pension Scheme

The Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) will provide much of your retirement income, so it is vital that you understand it.

Supply teachers

Agency worker pensions

Advice on your eligibility for and access to workplace pension schemes as an agency supply worker.

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