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Why join the NEU?

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.

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The NEU is about change and change for the better. It is a family - the collective voice of teachers and the collective experience of our students as well.

Workplace representation

One of the main roles of a trade union is negotiating with employers on behalf of members on issues like health and safety, pay and working arrangements, and redundancies. To do this, a union has to be recognised by an employer, as the NEU is in most schools and colleges where our members work.

Our network of workplace reps is there to represent you in the workplace and to offer you advice and support. The NEU has reps in schools and colleges across the country, standing up for members like you.

Shape the future of education

The NEU is proud to be a campaigning union with a clear vision of what our education system should look like. As a member of the NEU, you will have the opportunity to shape education policy and make your voice heard by Government and policy makers.

Advice and guidance

Whether you need guidance about your employment rights or help with problems such as workload, bullying or accidents at work, with the NEU’s unrivalled network of workplace reps, and branches, regional offices and NEU Cymru, as well as an expert legal team and online help and advice, you can always find the help you need. We have a dedicated AdviceLine with professional advisers.

The chance to get involved

The NEU is run by its members for its members. By getting involved in your union, you can shape union policy, play a key role in campaigning, and work with colleagues to resolve issues in your workplace. Becoming a rep is one way of getting involved but it’s not the only way; there are plenty of other opportunities to get involved in your union, locally and nationally. 

Member benefits

NEU Rewards gives you more for your membership by providing you and your family with a wide range of money-saving benefits and services. They include a low cost will writing service, shopping discounts, financial advice, mortgages and savings.

NEU members also benefit from free insurance protection and cover for personal accidents at work, loss of or damage to personal property at work, including teaching equipment and personal effects.


The NEU is committed to supporting you throughout your career whether you are a teacher, member of support staff, lecturer or hold a leadership role. We have a track record of running first-class training courses on issues ranging from behaviour management to transactional analysis.

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