Local districts are normally organised within the same areas as local authorities or groups of unitary authorities. The size of the district varies enormously from a few hundred, to several thousand.

Most districts meet once per term for an hour or so. The meetings are designed to give NEU members an update on what is going on in local schools and colleges, along with information on the national issues that affect you and your colleagues in the classroom.

Districts also arrange training and information sessions for local reps and contacts, and invite speakers to meetings.

Members are elected by their colleagues in schools, colleges and other education workplaces to play different roles in the district. All branch officers have access to training from NEU, including a two-day induction for all new branch secretaries every September, with follow-on training in casework skills, and planning regional meetings and events, as well as a one-day course for branch treasurers.