TPS demo at Independent school

Independent sector

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

Independent support staff

Support staff are the backbone of every school, yet often taken for granted. As the biggest union in the independent sector NEU will use our strength to organise and campaign for support staff in the sector.

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NEU is recognised by more independent sector employers than any other union. 160 independent schools negotiate staff terms and conditions with NEU, of which roughly half include all support staff as well as teachers.

As a modern trade union, NEU believes in the ethos of the school community and that the contribution of all staff is equally important. Consequently, the NEU welcomes into membership all staff working in the independent sector: teachers and teaching assistants, technicians and librarians, office administration and cleaners, grounds and caretaking staff.

Specialist support

In addition to all the usual services you would expect such as first-class advice and support, NEU commits considerable resources to supporting our members in the independent sector.

NEU is the only trade union to offer all of the following:

Active members

NEU Independent school reps are actively making a difference in their schools and across the sector. NEU members benefit in general by leading role our active reps play in the Rep Networks and WhatsApp Groups in shaping and driving forward on campaigns on pay, pensions, and workload. 

Pay

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Pay in the independent sector

As private businesses outside the national collective bargaining structure in the maintained sector, independent schools have greater freedom to set their own terms and conditions of employment.

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Collective bargaining

How to negotiate on pay in the independent sector, with some relevance to further education workplaces or academies where there is collective bargaining. 

Contracts and working hours

Support staff

This advice is designed to help support staff working in independent schools to deal with the increase in the quantity and complexity of work for school support staff that has now reached crisis point.

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Support staff workload

This advice is designed to help support staff working in independent schools to deal with the increase in the quantity and complexity of work for school support staff that has now reached crisis point.

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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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NEU independent sector workplace reps

Join our WhatsApp community to discuss the pay campaign, defending the TPS and support staff issues.

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