Students and trainees

NEU membership is FREE for students and school based trainees (eg. School Direct or Teach First). Click here to join.

Early career teachers/Newly Qualified Teachers

In the first year after qualifying, early career teachers (formerly NQTs) are entitled to membership for just £1. The £1 offer is available to teachers in their first year after qualifying. The £1 subscription is payable by direct debit and provides you with full membership of the union for one year from 1 September to 31 August.

In your second year of teaching you will pay just one third of the full annual national subscription for teachers and lecturers.  In your third year you will receive a 17% discount on the full annual national subscription for teachers and lecturers.  You can also spread the cost of your membership across 10 monthly instalments with direct debit, which are normally collected 1 October to 1 July.

Find out more on our membership terms and conditions page.

National subscription rates (1 September 2022 - 31 August 2023)

The National Education Union offers annual membership based on the academic year. The membership year will begin on 1 September and end on 31 August.

Contracted hours

Annual national subscription 
(before local subscriptions - see below)


Above 0.6


0.3 – 0.6


Below 0.3



Above 0.6


0.3 - 0.6


 Below 0.3



21 hours per week or more


Less than 21 but 10.5 hours a week or more


Less than 10.5 hours a week



  £20 (no local fee)
RETIRED   £20 (no local fee)
MUSICIAN'S UNION   £30.51 (no local fee)

Local subscriptions

In addition to the national standard subscription rates, local districts of the NEU set and collect a local subscription from members. 

Your local subscription will be between 5% and 20% of your national subscription rate.

How local subscriptions are spent will be decided at meetings of your local district and actioned by the elected officers of that group. 

As an NEU member you elect your local district officers and you are encouraged to attend the meetings of your local district where decisions such as the setting and spending of your local fee are made.

Maternity/ Shared Parental Leave/ Adoption Leave

When you’re starting a family, it’s more important than ever that you have the protection of your trade union.

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.

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.

If you have any difficulty accessing  myNEU, you can also tell us your leave dates by emailing

Musicians' union

The National Education Union and Musicians’ Union have created a partnership to strengthen the promotion of the music education in schools, for more information on this partnership see NEU and MU joint membership