Since our launch in July 2018, we have grown to a network of over 4,000. The National Education Union (NEU) Councillors Network is a partnership between the NEU and local government. It is free to join our network and it is open to councillors of all political parties. Becoming a member of our network will give you access to regular e-communications, briefings and invites to our exclusive councillor events.

Join us today and help us shape the future of education.

Local councillors sign letter to the Prime Minister to extend Free School Meals

Over 750 Local councillors have signed a letter to the Prime Minister calling for the extension of Free School Meals to pupils on Universal Credit. The letter, which was coordinated by the NEU's Councillors’ Network, calls on the Government to ensure children from low-income families have access to Free School Meals (FSM) and ensure no child is left behind.

Join our network

Help us shape the future of education, be part of the National Education Union (NEU) Councillors Network. The network is open to all for councillors. Being a member of our network will give you access to written briefings, regular information about education issues, and access to our events for councillors. Please share this sign up form with any councillors you know. If you would like to get in touch, please email us.

Campaign timeline

November 2020

'What next for education in the pandemic' Zoom

100 councillors joined our Joint General Secretaires Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted to discuss ongoing impact of coronavirus on education and what it means for schools and the role of local authorities. Watch back this important meeting to see the discussion during this critical time.

July 2020

All councillors Zoom

After a difficult academic year for many educators and councillors, we ended the summer term 2020 with our largest zoom meeting yet of over 350 councillors and an amazing all women panel including; Cllr. Judith Blake (Leaders of Leeds Council Labour Party), Cllr. Lucy Nethsingha (Leader of Liberal Democrat Group on Cambridge City Council), Vix Lowthion (Green Party Education Spokesperson), Cllr. Anntoinette Bramble (Deputy Mayor of Hackney), Mary Bousted (Joint General Secretary, NEU), chaired by National President Amanda Martin. Watch our event and see what our amazing panel had to say.

April 2020

Gavin Williamson letter

Following on from our previously successful actions we launched a letter aimed at Gavin Williamson about the important role of local authorities, ensuring safety of our schools during coronavirus and for the government to provide free school meals over the Easter break. This letter was signed by 1,175 councillors and led to the Government providing free school meals during Easter holidays. You can read our letter here.

November 2019

NEU Local government conference

As our network continued to grow, we hosted our first ever local government conference with over 60 councillors attending. Take a look and see how our conference went.

September 2019

NEU Councillors Network at party conferences

With thousands new members we headed to all the party conference and hosted our first meetings and fringes, you can see what our events are like by taking a look here.

June 2019

Local election pledge

We took part in our first election as a network, asking candidates to take our pledge to defend funding for SEND if elected, over 700 candidates took our pledge. Find out more about our pledge here.

April 2019

Funding letter

Together the network took its first action with over 1,000 councillors signing an open letter to Damian Hinds about damage of school cuts. See the power of our actions here.

July 2018

London launch event

Over 50 councillors joined us for our launch event in London discussing impact of school cuts and how we can campaign together. See our very first event and how much we have grown since then.

Download the education funding briefings 

Download the model letter motions

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    Assessment campaign

    After Covid-19, we need reform of our assessment and exams systems to make them fit for the future.