How much does it cost for students and ECTs to join the NEU?
It’s completely free for students and trainees to join the NEU, whether you’re at university or doing a school-based course such as School Direct or Teach First. Simply complete the short online join form to become a member today.
Once you complete your course and become an ECT (NQT in Wales), it will cost you only £1 to upgrade to full NEU membership. Whether you’re an existing student member or you’re new to the union, you’ll need to complete the same form in order to access the £1 offer.
I’m a supply teacher/agency worker, can I join the NEU?
Yes. The NEU is committed to supporting members on supply and agency contracts. Find out more about the NEU’s charter for supply teachers here.
When you join, we will ask you how many hours you work or anticipate working to identify the correct subscription rate for you. You can see the NEU full time and part time definitions here.
Please contact the membership team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0345 811 8111, Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm, if your working hours change or if you stop working.
I’m moving into a Leadership role. Can I stay with the NEU?
Yes. The NEU is the union for all education professionals, including leaders and middle leaders. As a leadership member, as well as all the usual benefits of NEU membership, you will also receive Lead magazine, specialist CPD, and access to our online community for leaders to share ideas, support each other, and to network. Find out more about what the NEU has to offer Leadership members here.
I work in Scotland, can I join the NEU?
The NEU works in partnership with our sister union, the EIS, in Scotland and there are no NEU representatives in Scotland. This means if you join the NEU and your workplace is in Scotland, all support and benefits will be provided by EIS. We will share the data you enter when joining NEU with EIS to enable them to provide these services. You may wish to join EIS directly instead of the NEU.
How do I update my details?
It’s important that you keep your details up to date. Please inform the union if your hours have changed, or if you’ve moved house or workplace. myNEU is the quickest and simplest way to let us know about changes to your personal or workplace details. You can also use myNEU to update your equality monitoring information.
Alternatively call the membership team on email@example.com or 0345 811 8111, Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.
How are subscription rates calculated?
National Education Union subscription rates for working members are based upon a member’s role and the hours they work. A National Education Union member’s role determines their membership type, which can be Leadership, Standard (teacher or lecturer) or Support.
The NEU reviews its membership subscription rates on annual basis. The rates are agreed by the NEU Executive Committee.
All working members pay an annual national subscription and a local subscription set by their local district. Find out more here.
What are local fees?
A portion of your NEU membership fee is set by your local district to be spent on campaigns and activities which matter most to NEU members where you work and live.
Each local district will set and collect a local fee of between 5% and 20% of your national subscription rate As an NEU member you elect your district officers, and you are encouraged to attend the meetings of your district where decisions such as the setting and spending of your local subscription are made.
If you want to get more involved in your local union and help decide on local priorities, or to find out how much your local fee is, please get in touch with your local district officers.
What is the NEU membership year?
NEU membership years run from 1 September to 31 August. This mirrors the academic year, in line with the working patterns of the majority of our members.
I’m going on maternity leave. Do I have to pay membership fees while I’m on leave?
Members who are on Maternity Leave, Shared Parental Leave, or Adoption Leave do not have to pay membership fees for the duration of the period of leave up to a maximum of 18 months.
If you are going on Maternity Leave, Shared Parental Leave, or Adoption leave, simply let the NEU know the anticipated start and end dates of your leave. The simplest way to do this is by updating your details on myNEU. Once you have logged in, go to the workplace tab, click the change hours button, and fill in your anticipated dates under paid leave.
Please note we are unable to backdate requests for previous subscription years.
I’m retiring. How do I become a retired member?
If you are retiring, you can still enjoy the benefits of NEU membership by becoming a retired member. Retired membership costs £20 per year. As a retired member you will be eligible for representation and legal support in relation to issues arising from your employment while you were in standard membership. See below section on the importance of maintaining continuous membership.
If you are retiring and wish to move to retired membership, please contact the membership team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0345 811 8111.
I’m no longer working in education but I haven’t retired. Can I remain a member?
Associate membership is available for those who are no longer eligible for standard membership because they have left employment in education but who have not retired. As an associate member you will be eligible for representation and legal support in relation to issues arising from your employment while you were in standard membership. See below section on the importance of maintaining ‘Continuous membership’.
If you are leaving employment in education and wish to move to associate membership, please contact the membership team at email@example.com or by calling 0345 811 8111.
Why is continuous membership important?
If you wish to retain access to union advice and assistance, you must maintain continuous full, retired or associate membership of the union as appropriate. Once your membership stops you will not be entitled to advice or support from the union, even if you are seeking help with an issue that relates to a time when you were a member.
I’m a music teacher and a member of the Musician’s Union, can I also join the NEU?
Yes. The NEU and the Musicians’ Union are committed to joint working to support music education. Members of each union can join the other at a reduced rate.
If you are a National Education Union member, the majority of your work is classroom based, but some of your work is as a musician performing, writing or teaching, you can join the Musicians Union at half the annual subscription rate. Email membership@theMU.org to join at the reduced rate.
If you’re already a member of the Musicians’ Union, the majority of your work is as a musician, performing, writing and teaching, but some of your work is classroom based, you can join the National Education Union at a flat rate of 15% of our standard membership rate (regardless of job role and working hours).
If you require further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0345 811 8111.
What is the political fund?
The National Education Union is the UK’s largest education union and we use our members’ strength of voice to campaign effectively and to influence political parties on the issues which matter most.
Like many other unions, 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 (teacher/lecturer) subscription for all members whatever their normal subscription to the union.
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 do not affiliate to any political party.
How do I cancel my membership?
Before leaving the union, please talk to your rep, your branch, or the membership team about whether there are other options you might want to explore. For instance, members going on maternity leave are entitled to a subs holiday which means they can remain full members of the union while they’re on maternity leave but without paying the subscription . Members who are retiring can maintain membership at a reduced rate as a retired member, rather than cancelling their membership.
Please also read the section above about the importance of maintaining continuous membership.
If you are sure that want to leave the union, resignations should be submitted in writing.