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.

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Tell the Prime Minister no child should be left behind

Sign our letter to the Prime Minister to expand free school meals to all universal credit families.

N.B. This letter is only for elected local councillors to sign in England, please use your gov.uk email address to sign this letter. Use the form to add your name to the open letter below.

Dear Prime Minister,

We are writing to express disappointment that the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) announcement did not go further to ensure children from low-income families have access to school meals.

No child should attend school too hungry to learn, or struggle to concentrate because their family is unable to afford a healthy lunch.

This year, the high degree of public support for Free School Meals (FSM) has been demonstrated by Marcus Rashford’s powerful advocacy, alongside widespread local action and community groups. The Government has also acknowledged the importance of ensuring children get one guaranteed meal a day, when it extended FSM during the school holidays.

However, at least 1.7 million children and young people in families in receipt of Universal Credit miss out on this vital support all year round. We are calling on you to expand FSM provision eligibility to include these children.

Coronavirus is having a far greater impact on the lives and educational experiences of children from disadvantaged and low-income families. There is significant financial pressure on thousands of families, some of whom are existing as little as £20.27 a day.

You have emphasised your Government’s determination to ‘level up’. Reshaping FSM provision to include children growing up in families in receipt of Universal Credit will provide 1.7 million children with what they need to learn, thrive and achieve their full potential.

We urge you to make sure these families can access free school meals, so we can ensure that no child is left behind.

Yours sincerely,

The Undersigned

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.