We will support members opposing any proposal to remove teachers’ membership of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS).
NEU is recognised by more independent sector employers than any other union. 120 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.
We know that workload is a major concern for members. In the state sector, we are running a directed time campaign, as hours are regulated with a 1,265 directed time maximum.To help reps in the independent sector we have adapted those materials to help you address excess workload.
Guide for National Education Union workplace representatives and members.
This publication complements the National Education Union (NEU) directed time campaign.
Not every workplace has a staff room or communal area, but you are entitled to put up a poster and other union notices somewhere. Use this poster to organise a meeting at your workplace.
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:
- staff solely dedicated to the independent sector
- an elected independent sector member National Council
- a termly e-bulletin on independent sector issues
- an annual Independent Sector Conference, with keynote speakers, seminars, and the opportunity to meet colleagues in the sector
- an annual Pay & Conditions Survey of the independent sector
- bespoke advice, such as on the direct application of the Working Time Directive in the independent sector and advice for boarding school members
- sector specific national and regional meetings
- campaigns, such as defending the TPS Protecting independent school teachers’ pensions.
Independent sector advice and guidance
This briefing summarises the basic framework of health and safety law in the context of independent schools; and in particular the pivotal role played by NEU health and safety representatives in upholding safety standards in the workplace.
What legal protection is there on working long hours?
Ten bullet points on independent sector collective bagaining.
How to achieve a union recognition agreement in the independent sector.
NEU believes that the increase in the quantity and complexity of work for school support staff has now reached crisis point.
Pensions advice note on non-pensionable allowances in the Teachers’ Pensions Scheme.
Guidance on matters to consider in relation to pay and conditions when working in the independent sector.
Details about your employment rights in independent schools in England, Wales and Scotland.
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.
Countdown to strike action at GDST’s 23 independent schools
NEU defended members in the Girls Day Schools Trust (GDST) against loss of Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS), and ‘fire and rehire’ threats.
Why defined benefit schemes are worth fighting for