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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  • NEU believes deregulation strikes at the heart of teaching professionalism in FE. It will do nothing to boost low morale and could herald further attacks on pay and conditions alongside further rises in duties and workload.

  • Details of your statutory rights as an employee in the Further education sector. In some cases your contract will provide you with better terms and conditions and, if this is the case, those better terms and conditions will apply.
  • This guidance outlines NEU best practice models for both the conduct of lesson observations and the Teaching and Learning Observation System (TLOS) framework within which they are conducted.

  • This guidance explains why taking stress seriously and tackling it will make your college a more effective organisation, and how to go about it, with step-by step advice and case studies from colleges that have found approaches that work

  • This advice is intended to assist in discussions in relation to recognition and recruitment in FE colleges and sixth form colleges where there are National Education Union (NEU) members.
  • In response to requests for assistance with undertaking stress surveys, a system has been developed which enables the NEU to provide an online staff stress survey as a resource for local officers, reps and safety reps.
  • Find out how to put pressure on MPs and Ministers to tackle the post-16 funding crisis.
  • Advice on what NEU reps should expect colleges to have in place to protect children and vulnerable adults. 
  • Redundancy has unfortunately become a fact of life for education staff in recent years. This guidance is for workplace reps about redundancy and the consultation process that NEU’s FE members whose posts are at risk should expect.
  • When colleges are going through restructuring members understandably look to their union for support and advice. This guidance is intended to assist NEU college reps in dealing with the issue and ensuring that restructures are carried out fairly and transparently.


  • This briefing sets out NEU advice on the requirements of the fire legislation covering schools and on fire safety precautions to be followed in schools. It takes account of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

  • Every year, many schools are damaged or destroyed by fires, affecting the education of thousands of pupils, and causing millions of pounds worth of damage. The impact of fires is significantly reduced by fitting sprinklers in schools.



  • Find out how to put pressure on MPs and Ministers to tackle the post-16 funding crisis.