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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  • Advice on the heating levels in schools and classrooms in Wales, and how to deal with the various types of heating problems which are commonly encountered during cold weather and snow.

  • There is a vast range of legislation on health and safety matters which applies in whole, or in part, to schools in Wales. This briefing identifies those which will be most relevant and the areas which they cover.


  • The legal protection provided and union support available to members who choose to blow the whistle on employers.


  • The campaign for equal pay has a long history; one which is still ongoing.
  • 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 right to vote was a hard-won milestone in the battle for equality
  • 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 NEU is concerned about how poverty disproportionately affects women.
  • This briefing considers a number of important health and safety issues affecting women school staff and advises how to address them.

Working hours

  • The legal definitions of fixed-term or temporary contracts and what steps members should take if they believe that they have been treated less favourably or denied a permanent contract in breach of the fixed-term contract regulations.
  • 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.

  • Guidance on the pay and conditions implications of teachers’ participation in out-of-school-hours learning activities
  • What should I expect to be paid as an agency supply teacher? What should I be paid for supply work of less than a day in duration? What happens if a school wants to offer me a permanent job? These and many other key questions are covered in this introductory guide to supply teaching.


  • NEU advice giving a brief synopsis of the advent of the Workload Agreement, and the ‘dos and don’ts’ for HLTAs and cover supervisors.

  • Any actions to tackle excessive workload and working hours will be more effective if taken together, with staff and leaders working collaboratively to make a positive change across the whole workplace. Many National Education Union members have reduced workload in many workplaces using the strategy set out in this section.

  • NEU believes that the increase in the quantity and complexity of work for school support staff has now reached crisis point. This advice is designed to help those working in independent schools to deal with this unmanageable workload.

  • NEU believes that the increase in the quantity and complexity of work for school support staff has now reached crisis point. This advice is designed to help those working in state and academy schools to deal with this unmanageable workload.

  • Workload in colleges and schools has reached unprecedented levels. Take action on workload in sixth form colleges today.
  • Our workload guidance will help you identify tasks or activities which are unnecessary, have no education benefit and cause the most stress.

  • The Independent Teacher Workload Review Groups were established by the DfE to report on, and suggest solutions to, unnecessary burdens associated with marking, planning and data management.

  • The purpose of this advice is to summarise teachers’ conditions of service, as set out in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).