NEU is the second largest union for leaders and managers across the entire education sector, including heads, deputy and assistant heads, business support managers in maintained, academy and free schools, further education, sixth form and adult education colleges; and managers in universities, training organisations and other areas of education.

School leaders and college managers are vital to the NEU. The quality of leadership in schools and management in colleges affects, in direct and indirect ways, the quality of other education professionals (teachers, lecturers and support staff) working lives.

School leaders are in a strong position to influence and implement policy – yet they are also under increasing pressure from an accountability agenda which makes intense and ill-informed demands upon them.

The NEU understands the complex, professional demanding work done by school leaders and college managers and offers advice that will assist them in finding their way through these difficulties.

The union sees the great value of supporting and helping to develop ethical leaders who recognise their colleagues’ professionalism and supports them in developing their careers.