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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  • 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.



  • Common questions that arise when a member of staff is selected for redundancy.
  • Advice explaining the payments and entitlements you may receive if your post becomes redundant. In any case where redundancy is threatened, specific advice and assistance is available and should be sought from your school/college rep or division/association/branch secretary.
  • What settlement agreements are, when and why they are used, and the implications of signing one.
  • This guidance supplements the NEU factsheet 'Redundancy, pay and entitlements' and provides members with an explanation of the circumstances in which the four-week rule will apply.



  • This guide sets out some of the activities in which an NEU health and safety rep can get involved in.

  • The menopause is an occupational health issue for women educators, as well as being an equality issue. It is important that schools and colleges are suitable workplaces for menopausal women. The purpose of this guide and checklist for reps is to signpost you to advice, and to support you in improving workplace conditions for menopausal women.
  • This is the NEU’s advice for local officers, school and academy reps on securing pay increases in line with the Government’s decisions on school teacher pay from September 2019.
  • As a workplace rep, you have certain rights under employment law.


  • Guide for teachers and other school staff who wish to continue working beyond age 65


  • What are the Agency Worker Regulations 2010 and what protection do they offer supply teachers?

  • Details about your employment rights in independent schools in England, Wales and Scotland.
  • Details about your employment rights under the Red Book as well as the minimum rights you are entitled to under general employment law.
  • 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.
  • Your rights to ask for flexible working, i.e. a change in your terms and conditions relating to the hours you work, the times you work or whether you work at home for all or part of the week. You are encouraged to take informal steps before using the statutory procedure.

  • The duty to make reasonable adjustments requires school and college leaders to proactively identify barriers (both physical and attitudinal) to the inclusion of disabled people in the workplace.

  • As well as statutory maternity rights, most teachers are also covered by the maternity rights scheme for teachers, set out in the Burgundy Book national agreement on conditions of service.

  • Issues which often arise in relation to medical assessments at work.
  • Some of the most common issues arising in relation to medical reports prepared by GPs, occupational health physicians and other health professionals on behalf of employers, pension scheme trustees and health insurers.
  • An introduction to the pay and conditions arrangements of part time teachers
  • Details of how academies and trusts set pay scales and what pay and conditions arrangements are in place in these workplaces.
  • What settlement agreements are, when and why they are used, and the implications of signing one.
  • Information on pay and conditions for Soulbury paid officers in England and Wales.

  • Supply teachers who are in a 'pool' maintained by a LA, those located through the school's own contacts, or part-timers who wish to temporarily increase their hours, are likely to be employees of the school or LA for their period of supply work.
  • An initial section of guidance on term-time working has now been agreed between the local government employers and the recognised trade unions
  • The purpose of this advice is to summarise teachers’ conditions of service, as set out in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).