The National Education Union is the largest education union in Europe. 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. Are you a school leader and not yet and NEU member? See benefits of joining NEU as a school leader.

  • Advice for leaders
  • Resources for leaders
  • Leadership magazine
  • Get involved

Advice for school leaders

Resources for school leaders

Headteacher and NEU president, Robin Bevan, presents in this video, the Code of Ethical Leadership in Practice and gives examples of how he has used it in his school context. Click here to download the guide.

These resources aim to help develop and assist your thinking as a leader and your approach to leadership, applying the NEU’s principles of ethical leadership.

NEU leadership magazine 

  • Lead magazine Spring 2022 cover
    Lead Spring 2022

    Your Spring 2022 edition of Lead: Pension changes - TPS updates; replace Ofsted - for a fairer system; disability discrimination - one teacher's battle; post-Covid teaching - become trauma-inform

  • Lead magazine autumn 2021 cover image
    Lead Autumn 2021

    Your Autumn edition of Lead - Lorna Jackson on anti-racist education; time's up for Ofsted; managing mental health; social media savvy.

Get involved

  • Leadership abstract
    NEU Leadership on Guild

    Join the NEU's Leadership member community to offer and seek support, share best practice and shape the future of education.

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    National CPD

    We believe that members should have a contractual right to CPD with control over its content and dedicated time to research, learn with colleagues and to innovate.

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    Replace Ofsted

    Teachers and leaders work under the shadow cast by Ofsted. An unfair and unreliable inspectorate.