Everything you need to know about becoming a member of the NEU.
NEU membership costs just £1 for teachers in the first year after qualifying.
Even if you previously joined the NEU for free as a student or trainee, you still need to take a minute to upgrade your membership as your free student membership will come to an end once you complete your course.
Whether you previously were an ECT who joined the NEU for free as a trainee teacher, or whether you’re an ECT who is new to the union, click the join button to take advantage of the £1 offer. The £1 subscription is payable by direct debit and provides ECTs with full membership of the union for one year from 1 September to 31 August (your first year of work after achieving QTS).
In your second year of teaching, you will pay just one third of the full annual national subscription for teachers and lecturers.
In your third year, you will receive a 17% discount on the full annual national subscription for teachers and lecturers.
As the largest education union, we have a powerful voice and have been effective in winning improvements to our members’ working conditions and shaping an education system that works for all.
The NEU offers a wide range of benefits and services to members.
Subscriptions while on maternity, shared parental, or adoption leave.
Members on maternity leave, shared parental leave, or adoption leave do not have to pay membership fees for the duration of the period of leave up to a maximum of 18 months. Visit our membership FAQ to find out how to inform the union.
Associate or retired
If you retire or leave the profession, you can remain eligible for union support by becoming an associate or retired member. See our FAQ for details.
In addition to the national standard subscription rates, local districts of the NEU set and collect a local subscription from members.
Your local subscription will be between 5% and 20% of your national subscription rate.
How local subscriptions are spent will be decided at meetings of your local district and actioned by the elected officers of that group.
If you are a new member, or if you are rejoining after having been out of membership for 36 months or longer, the local subscription fee will not be collected until the September after you join.
As an NEU member, you elect your local district officers and you are encouraged to attend the meetings of your local district where decisions such as the setting and spending of your local subscription are made.
If you previously joined the NEU for free as a student or trainee, you will need to take a minute to upgrade your membership as your free student membership will come to an end once you complete your course.
NEU membership costs just £1 for teachers in the first year after qualifying. It is payable by direct debit and provides you with full membership of the union for one year from 1 September to 31 August.