NEU is the second largest union for leaders and managers across the entire education sector. School leaders and college managers are vital to the NEU as they are in a strong position to influence and implement policy. The union sees the great value of supporting and helping to develop ethical leaders who lead and shape the future of education.

The NEU understands the complex and professionally demanding work done by school leaders and college managers. We offer advice that will assist leaders in finding their way through these challenges.   We support leaders to stand together with other educational professionals to inform NEU policy that benefits teaching and learning and the education system.

Find out more about issues affecting school leaders and managers:

NEU Leadership offer

As part of the NEU Leadership support and advice package you will have access to:

NEU Leadership Conference for managers and leaders, offering the opportunity to make an input into the development of NEU policy and practice;

LEAD, the magazine for NEU Leadership members focused on your professional interests and needs;

Bespoke CPD support for NEU leaders on issues and training needs which you have identified as important to your professional development;

NEU support and advice to leadership members in key professional issues including continual development of ethical leadership policy, full casework support from NEU Adviceline and support from our experienced staff including a solicitor based in each region and Wales.

NEU Leadership membership includes:
  • Headteacher/principal
  • Deputy headteacher/vice-principal
  • Head of centre/school/college (post-16)
  • Assistant headteacher/assistant principal
  • CEO/executive head/leader of a multi-academy trust
  • Director / assistant director of education
  • Business manager/bursar/FE manager/FE finance manager


Fair Funding for Nursery Schools

Leaders in education know that every child should be able to access early education and get the best start in life.  Nursery school educate around 40,000 children and are facing severe cuts in provision or even closure. The majority are located in the poorest parts of the country and can be the only opportunity for early education, for many families.

We have sent out a campaign pack to every nursery which includes a letter for heads to send to parents, leaflets, a staffroom poster and paper copies of the online petition which now has almost 17,000 signatures.

Visit our campaign page for full details.

Review of SEND Education

The Government’s review of SEND education was announced in early September. Read Kevin Courtney’s comment in Education Executive that we need urgent action, not further prevarication.

See how you can get involved in the SEND funding campaign here.

Baseline Assessment

Headteachers and teachers are speaking out against Baseline testing for 4 year olds and becoming increasingly concerned about the negative impact which recent curriculum changes and testing are having in our schools. Baseline is due to be implemented in 2020, with a large-scale pilot in 2019. There is ample time to stop it, and in the process to make the case about everything else that is wrong with primary assessment. Sign the petition here to show your support.

Read more about the NEU’s Assessment campaign here.

Student Strikes on Climate Change – guidance for heads and principals

The movement Youth Strike 4 Climate is planning a number of activities to draw attention to the issue of climate change and to call on governments globally to take action.

Young people are showing their deep concern about the climate crisis and are showing their wish to shape and influence decisions taken now which will impact on their future.  Education has an important role to play in responding to climate change.

This guidance for members who are affected by the action is applicable in England and Wales unless otherwise stated.

School Teachers’ Review Body - joint union response

The NEU, ASCL, NAHT and Voice have sent a joint response to the Secretary of State’s consultation on the STRB report on teacher pay in England.  The joint union response calls on the Secretary of State to set aside his predecessor’s recommended 2.75% pay increase for teachers from September in favour of a fully-funded 5% increase.  Such an increase should be the start of a programme to urgently restore the value of teacher pay following the real-terms cuts against inflation since 2010. 

Details of the NEU’s Pay campaign can be found here.

Workload Reduction Toolkit

Unacceptable workload has an adverse impact on teacher recruitment and retention. The annual Teacher Workforce census conducted by the Department of Education reported a further decline in retention rates. .

The Workload Challenge was launched in 2014 by the Government, and even if school leaders fully endorsed and implemented the findings from the reports offering advice on marking policies, planning and teaching resources and data management, they would only be scratching the surface. Government advice to all headteachers on how to take action can be found here.  The online toolkit developed in consultation with the education unions and Ofsted, sets out that the process should be collaborative involving all staff to ensure that workload is reduced.

The aim of the NEU’s workload campaign is to bring about a sustainable reduction in the workload of education workers. See how you can get involved with the campaign here.

Menopuase Guide for School Leaders

NEU leadership members are key to supporting women going through the menopause in the workplace. As a leader, you’re not alone. Collaboration between leaders, governors, workplace reps, health and safety reps and a staff support network can go a long way towards creating a supportive environment for women experiencing menopause symptoms at work.

Implementing a few simple steps will encourage good relations among your staff and will avoid unnecessary disputes arising.  The NEU menopause advice and checklist for leaders can be found here.

Equality Matters

A key priority of the union, to ensure all members have a voice in the union, the classroom and broader society, and do not face barriers to promotion, representation or participation. We believe that all children and young people should have equal access to a good school and an education system which treats staff and those they teach fairly.

A new interactive website has been launched this week to support schools to develop an inclusive relationships and sex education (RSE) and help tackle sexism and sexual harassment. The NEU has supported this resource and been a key partner in developing it. You can access the full resources via the AGENDA website. We would love to hear how you are using it to tackle issues such as sexual harassment. Get in touch by emailing

Protect workers from sexual harassment

The NEU has joined a TUC-led alliance under the banner #ThisIsNotWorking.  An environment where sexual harassment is permitted to continue is harmful to everyone – education professionals, pupils and students alike. We are calling on the Government to introduce a new law to require employers to take all reasonable steps to protect workers from sexual harassment and victimisation.

Please sign the petition and encourage your staff to do the same. The Government must recognise that sexual harassment is an equality issue and a health and safety issue.

Health and safety advice – stress risk assessment

Doing something about stress in schools may seem daunting to head teachers/principals and other managers. You may not know where to start. The NEU does not seek to blame school leaders for this situation. Stress is undoubtedly more difficult to tackle than, say, a straightforward slip/trip hazard.

The NEU wants to provide assistance to head teachers/principals and others who are responsible for tackling stress in schools and colleges, and who may be daunted by the prospect. We recognise that a collective approach, involving management and trade union representatives, will lead to the best possible outcome.

By following our simple step-by-step guide to undertaking a risk assessment, you will meet your legal obligations without creating a huge bureaucratic burden for yourself. You are likely to wish to adopt a similar approach in respect of support staff.

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    Transactional analysis

    The course is divided into two parts allowing participants to try techniques and ideas back in the classroom and then reflect on their practice.

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    Equal access to promotion

    It is open to school-based teachers from black and minority ethnic backgrounds with middle management/leadership roles/responsibilities who wish to develop their leadership skills and understanding and/or are considering taking on further leadership responsibilities.