NEU Cymru is Wales’ largest education union. It has a staff of 23, including a full-time solicitor, dealing with the needs of the education workforce. NEU Cymru campaigns to ensure that Welsh Government and local authorities provide the best for education professional and pupils in every educational institution in Wales. 

Coronavirus - COVID-19

During this time of crisis school leaders, teachers and support staff are doing essential work – caring for the children of key workers and vulnerable children. Read the joint union advice on COVID-19.

The NEU is working to ensure that arrangements are safe and appropriate whether students and staff are working at home or at school.  NEU advice to members will be regularly updated as matters develop.

Read our latest news on coronavirus

Read the latest Welsh Government advice on coronavirus

See Welsh Government coronavirus guidance on school staff and their employment

See all NEU advice on the coronavirus 

Coronavirus: Welsh Government support for the supply sector

See also Qualifications Wales, the exam regulator, latest news and Estyn suspending all inspections

Latest update

Children's Commission for Wales letter

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales has written a letter in which she has expressed concern regarding the position in England and indicated support to the position being taken in Wales.

Education Minister sets out five key principles for schools’ return

NEU Cymru has welcomed the announcement by the Education Minister, setting out the conditions under which schools in Wales will reopen. The union agrees that the safety of staff and students alike is paramount. Read the press release here.

Education Minister confirms no imminent plans to open schools

NEU Cymru is pleased Education Minister Kirsty Williams AM responded to our letter about schools reopening. She confirmed that safety of staff and students is her priority and she wont be allowing the schools to open up again until the medical professionals say it is safe to do so. 

The Minister wrote to NEU members a few weeks ago, read her blog here.

Latest blogs

Latest press releases

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    No date set for opening schools in Wales

    NEU Cymru welcomes no date set for opening schools in Wales. Like everyone, we want learners to be back in their classrooms. But not until it is safe to do so.

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    Safety is top priority in opening schools

    For our members, parents and learners themselves, staying safe at this difficult time is critical. We look forward to hearing more details from the Welsh Government in the coming weeks.

  • Press release Graphic of Coronavirus for general pages
    Changes to Free School Meals guidance

    NEU Cymru welcomes the Welsh Government’s revised guidance today. Our members will be heartened to see that the Welsh Government is thinking about those children most in need of support.

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    Minister focuses on wellbeing in latest statement

    We're pleased the Education Minister has focused on wellbeing in launching this policy statement. Like the Minister says, the wellbeing and safety of learners and education professionals alike is centrally important at this difficult time.

Advice and guidance

Training in Wales

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    Reps Foundation - Wales

    Reps Foundation is a three-day course for newly elected reps or those who have not previously attended training. Please note! You must sign up to all 3 days! You have the legal right to reasonable paid time off to attend training in your new workplace rep role. Any problems with this please contact your Regional/Wales office.

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    Reps Advanced - Wales

    Reps Advanced is a three-day course which builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding gained during the Reps Foundation course.

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    Managing Your Workload and Wellbeing - Wales

    This one-day course aims to provide reps with an understanding of current equality issues along with practical ways of managing your workload, work-life balance and well-being.

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    Introduction to Employment Law - Wales

    This one-day course aims to give NEU reps and local officers an introduction to the framework of statutory, contract and other law that surrounds our rights and entitlements at work.

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    Pay progression and appeals - Wales

    This one-day course is designed to ensure that NEU reps and local officers are briefed and up-to-date on issues surrounding the imposition of performance related pay on teachers.

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    Torfaen- Reps Training

    This course is aimed at workplace reps or anyone interested in becoming a workplace rep within Torfaen and will help you to develop the skills and confidence to support and represent members in a range of situations.

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