NEU help and advice pages comprise FAQs and other guidance which address common employment workplace issues and are entirely problem focused. These documents, along with our current top 5 FAQs posed by members, represent the quickest way to get support if you need it.

Other ways to get help

Your first point of contact is your workplace reps - they are best placed to discuss your next steps to dealing with your issue. If you don't know who that is, contact your branch for assistance. Find the contact details here.

You also contact the Employment AdviceLine - however, please be advised that this national service deals with a very high volume of emails and calls and your waiting time for a response may be long.

If you can't find the answer to your question below, speaking to your rep or branch secretary will be the quickest way to answer your query.


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  • Answers to questions about the Global School Strikes, including student strike action. Heads and principals should follow usual procedures and guidance.


  • The use of verbal abuse as a form of bullying of disabled children and young people is widespread. This has a significant negative impact on self-esteem and achievement.
  • Who is protected from age discrimination and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • Who is protected from harassment on grounds of age and the first steps you should take if you think you are being subjected to such harassment.
  • The legal definition of disability discrimination, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • The legal definition of harassment on grounds of disability, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you are being subjected to such harassment.
  • The campaign for equal pay has a long history; one which is still ongoing.
  • This toolkit is aimed at school representatives and teacher governors in all schools and FE colleges, including independent schools in England and Wales. It will also be a useful resource for Division Secretaries and Equalities Officers.
  • Education has a key role to play in countering the international, national and local climate of Islamophobia.

  • The results of UK Feminista and NEU’s groundbreaking study are clear: schools, education bodies and Government must take urgent action to tackle sexism in schools. "It's just everywhere" is a study on sexism in schools and how we tackle it.

  • The legal definitions of pregnancy and maternity discrimination, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • The legal definitions of race discrimination, who is protected, and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • The legal definition of racial harassment, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you are being subjected to racial harassment.
  • The Equality Act 2010 requires employers to make reasonable adjustments to premises or working practices to ensure that employees are not disadvantaged because of their disability.

  • Who is protected from discrimination on grounds of religion or belief and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • Who is protected from religion or belief harassment and the first steps you should take if you think you are being subjected to such harassment.
  • The legal definitions of sex discrimination, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • Who is protected from sexual harassment and the first steps you should take if you think you are being subjected to such harassment.
  • Who is protected from sexual orientation discrimination, and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • Who is protected from harassment on grounds of sexual orientation, and the first steps you should take if you think you have been harassed at work.
  • In the last few years there has been much work done, raising awareness and increasing the visibility of transgender issues. This advice aims to helps school and college staff support gender variant or questioning students in the educational environment.

  • The right to vote was a hard-won milestone in the battle for equality
  • Trade union victimisation, who is protected from it and the first steps you should take if you think you have been victimised at work.
  • The NEU Trans Equality Toolkit provides information for education staff on transitioning in school/college.

  • Who is protected from transgender discrimination, and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • Who is protected from harassment on grounds of transgender status,and the first steps you should take if you think you have been harassed at work.
  • Each year across the UK 3 million women experience violence, and there are many more living with the legacies of abuse experienced in the past.
  • The Refugee Week is 17-21 June 2019, and the NEU is pleased to be the first education union to partner Refugee Week. Here, you will find resources which have been developed, used and shared by teachers for teachers, to help everyone show support for refugees, find out more about their experiences, and make new connections in their communities.
  • The NEU is concerned about how poverty disproportionately affects women.
  • The purpose of this guidance is to suggest practical ways in which the school and college environment can be improved for women who are going through the menopause.