NEU help and advice pages comprise FAQs and other guidance which address common employment workplace issues and are entirely problem focused.

They are not intended as a substitute for telephone or face-to-face advice, but are additional to the support provided by school and college reps, districts, regional offices and our offices in Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you require more detailed advice, or are unable to find the answers you are looking for, contact Adviceline.

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  • Guidance on health and safety precautions for teachers and pupils working with information and communications technology (ICT) equipment.

  • Advice for NEU members who are victims of cyberbullying and to set out the support that can be provided by the NEU.
  • NEU guidance on the law and practical advice on electrical safety in schools

  • Precautions to be taken to avoid discomfort and possible damage to the eye when using data projectors

  • What is sexting, how common is it, and what are my rights and responsibilities?

  • Advice on how to stay safe online and protect your online reputation, and information about commonly used social media sites and how their misuse might have implications in schools and colleges.


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

Trade union rights

  • Trade union recognition is a formal agreement with an employer for a particular union to undertake collective bargaining on behalf of that employer's staff.
  • Trade union victimisation, who is protected from it and the first steps you should take if you think you have been victimised at work.


  • 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.
  • What you should know before you start your induction, the support you should expect during the induction programme, your timetable, raising concerns and professional development.
  • 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.
  • What to expect from classroom observations as a trainee teacher, including feedback, professional reviews and formal assessment meetings.
  • 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.

  • Tips for trainee members on using social media responsibly, including student contact on social media and privacy.
  • 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.