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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  • This Q&A document is a comprehensive overview to the teachers’ pay structure and classroom teachers’ pay scales for 2019-20.

  • Advice on Teaching & Learning Responsibility Payments (TLRs) and other allowances such as Special Educational Needs allowances and Recruitment and Retention payments.


  • The Teachers’ Pension Scheme will provide much of your retirement income so it is vital that you understand it. This guidance covers the career average section of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) in which most members are accruing pension.

  • In whatever capacity you work in education, there is likely to be an occupational scheme available for you to join and you may have automatic membership as soon as you are employed.
  • Information about the final salary section of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS), including how to find out if you are in this TPS section.

  • Pensions advice note on non-pensionable allowances in the Teachers’ Pensions Scheme.
  • The Teachers’ Pension Scheme will provide much of your retirement income so it is vital that you understand it. This advise covers the final salary section and it aims to answer the most common pension queries for NEU members.



  • Guidance on what you can do to ensure you have the best start on your trainee placement, including a visit to the school and familiarising yourself with policies and procedures.
  • Tips for trainee members on managing behaviour in the classroom, including tips for your first lesson and managing conflict.
  • NEU advice regarding the completion of initial teacher training courses and inducation of newly qualified teachers during the coronavirus crisis.
  • This advice contains advice about health and safety matters which both newly qualified and student teachers should be aware of when entering the profession.

  • Like others on the way to gaining QTS, you may be feeling anxious about your legal position while in the classroom. This brief summary should help you understand your rights and responsibilities.
  • Advice for trainee members on lesson planning, timing and pacing, and tips on how to save time.
  • Advice for trainees on managing behaviour in the classroom, including physical and social contact and infatuations.
  • There are lots of relationships to get used to when you first go into the classroom. Here are some tips for navigating relationships with pupils, colleagues and parents.
  • The National Education Union has produced this 22-point checklist as a guide for School Direct trainee teachers setting out the minimum expectations for their teacher training year.

  • What to expect on your teaching placement, including advice on what you should and should not be asked to do in the classroom.
  • Advice for trainee members on the role of a mentor, how to work best with your mentor and what to do if you feel you are not being supported.
  • Advice for trainee members on the additional work outside the classroom you may be involved in.


  • 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 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.