NEU subscriptions and membership years

New NEU membership numbers

All ATL and NUT members will be issued with a new NEU membership number. 

NEU membership years

NEU membership years are in line with the working patterns of most of our members and mirror the academic year, which runs from 1st September to 31 August. This will be a change to both former ATL members, who operated on a rolling year depending on when a member joined, and former NUT members, who operated a calendar year running from January to December.

Subscription & banking information

From 1 January 2019, subscription fees for all NEU members will be collected by Unity Trust Bank and will appear on bank statements and online banking as ‘National Education Union’ (Currently subscriptions for ATL and NUT Section members appear on bank statements as either ‘National Education Union – NUT Section’ or ‘National Education Union - ATL Section’). For members paying by Direct Debit, National Education Union subscriptions are normally collected in ten instalments at the start of each month from October to July. A single instalment option is also available.

If you currently pay your subscription by instalments you will be automatically transferred to the NEU ten instalment cycle. If you currently pay your subscription in a single instalment you will be automatically transferred to the NEU single instalment option.

Your new NEU membership number will appear as the reference associated with this direct debit mandate. Your old Direct Debit mandate may remain on your bank account, but it will be marked as inactive. Nothing will be collected under this old mandate from the New Year.  You may be notified by your bank about a new National Education Union Direct Debit mandate. This is nothing to worry about.

Short membership year and subscription amounts

A one-off ‘short’ membership year is being implemented for 2019 to successfully manage the transition to the NEU academic membership year for ATL and NUT members.

As such:

  • ATL Section members renewing memberships before 31 December 2018 will be on a ‘short membership year’ that runs pro rata from the 2018 point of renewal until 31 December 2018. 
  • From 1 January 2019, ATL and NUT Section members will have a one-off 8-month ‘year’ to align with the NEU academic membership year.
  • From 1 September 2019 all members will be on the National Education Union academic membership year.

For this short membership year, you may see a change in instalment amounts compared to 2018. This is due to 8 months of subscriptions being collected over fewer instalments running from February to July.  Rest assured, the total amount for those 8 months is an exact pro-rata of the National Education Union’s advertised membership rates.

Example of how the short membership year subscriptions will work

Full-Time Member in Standard Membership Category

  • National Standard Subscription Rate = £183 per annum
  • Plus maximum 15% local Fee of £27.45 = £210.45 per annum
  • Previously 10 monthly instalments = £21.05 per month
  • £210.45 divided by 12 months x 8 = £140.30 per annum for one-off short year.
  • Collected across 6 monthly instalments = £23.38 per month

Please note, this is an example. The amount you will pay in this short membership year will depend on your membership category, working hours, local district, and other individual factors.

Subscription arrangements

National Education Union subscription rates for working members are based around a member’s role. A National Education Union member’s role determines their membership type, which can be Leadership, Standard (teacher or lecturer) or Support.  All members pay an annual national subscription and a local subscription set by their local district (see below section on ‘Local fees’). Find out more about our membership rates.

Local fees

A portion of NEU membership fee is set by your local District to be spent on campaigns and projects which matter most to NEU members where you work and live. Each local District will set a local fee of between 5% and 15% on top of a member’s national annual subscription. Each District and their members will decide through the democratic process what fee is established and how it is spent to meet local Union objectives. If you want to get more involved in your local union and help decide on local priorities, please get in touch with your local District officers.

Political fund

The National Education Union is the UK’s largest education union and we use our 450,000 members’ strength of voice to campaign effectively and to influence political parties on the issues which matter most. Like 17 other unions in the TUC, the NEU has a non-party political fund whereby members can opt to pay a small amount on top of their subscription to support our campaigning work. The political fund contribution is 1% of the full Standard subscription for all members whatever their normal subscription to the union. No political fund contribution will be collected from January to August. Contributions from members who are currently opted in will resume from September.

The NEU does not affiliate to and does not financially support any political party. We maintain our independence in order to persuade every party to make the best decisions for education professionals and their learners. Non-party political funds are not uncommon among trade unions - education unions, NASUWT and UCU, and civil service union Prospect have funds and they also don’t affiliate to any political party.

Changes to specific groups of members

Newly qualified teachers

To provide the widest possible support for newly qualified teachers (NQs), the National Education Union offers NQs reduced subscription rates for a period of three years after qualification.  Subscription rates are as follows:

NQ1 Newly Qualified Teacher - Year 1 £1

Newly Qualified Teacher - Year 2

33% of full rate

NQ3 Newly Qualified Teacher – Year 3 83% of full rate

Please also note that NQ members do not pay local fees.

Support staff

The National Education Union recognises the valuable work undertaken by support staff. Support staff members coming from NUT Section will see a reduction in their annual subscription rates. Legacy ATL members working in support staff roles will continue to benefit from reduced rates as NEU members.

Teachers and Lecturers

The overwhelming majority of NEU members are working in teacher/lecturer roles in schools and colleges. Members working in such roles will fall under the NEU’s Standard membership category.

Supply staff

NEU members will have membership rates calculated according to hours worked in a week and supply staff will be the same. Those working less than 1.5 days a week on average (less than 0.3 of a timetable) will pay a quarter of the standard membership rate. Those working between 1.5 to 3 days a week on average (0.3 to 0.6 of a timetable) will pay half the standard membership fee, and all who work 3 days a week or more (more than 0.6 of a timetable) will pay the full standard subscription. Members will be asked to identify their average annual working commitment to arrive at the appropriate rate.

ATL Supply members

ATL supply members should not be disadvantaged from the move into NEU membership from their current subscription arrangement

NUT legacy

To mitigate the impact on some members who could see a rise in the cost of their membership, NUT legacy supply teacher members are being moved into a special temporary membership type between 1 January 2019 and 31 August 2019. This unique category of membership will show up on NEU communications regarding membership as “Standard NUT legacy supply”.

Leadership members

NEU members who work in leadership roles will be organised and represented in their own membership group in the NEU, this will be called ‘NEU Leadership’.  You will be given unique opportunities to self-organise, develop policy, and access bespoke support.

To support this and reflect the progressive scale of membership subscriptions agreed by the NEU; mirroring common salary differences between leaders, teachers/lecturers, and support staff working in education, Leadership members will pay a higher membership subscription.

NUT members in leadership posts and current AMiE members will transfer to NEU Leadership on 1 January 2019.  ATL members who have opted out of AMiE membership but are working in leadership roles will also be moved automatically into NEU Leadership membership.

AMiE members moving into NEU Leadership membership will not be financially disadvantaged.

Legacy NUT members being moved into the NEU Leadership membership type will see an increase in their membership subscription.  This rate is still significantly less than other leadership unions.

Membership of NEU Leadership will apply to those who

  • Headteacher/Principal
  • Deputy Headteacher/Vice Principal
  • Head of Centre/School/College (Post 16)
  • Assistant Headteacher/Assistant Principal
  • CEO/Executive Head/Leader of MAT
  • Director/Assistant Director of Education
  • Business Manager/Bursar/FE Manager/FE Finance Manager

Unpaid leave members

The NUT currently has a reduced rate arrangement for members on unpaid leave.  There is no arrangement for this in NEU.  These members will be moved to a full rate based on their job role and hours worked.  Affected members should contact the Membership and Subscriptions team on 0345 811 8111 or by emailing membership if their circumstances have changed/change.

Retired members

Retired members from both sections of the NEU will continue to play a vital role in much of the union’s work.  Retired membership of the NEU is set at £20 per annum with no local fee payable.