NEU Northern Ireland has a staff of four Regional Officials campaigning to ensure that the Northern Ireland Assembly and education authorities provide the best for education professional and pupils in every educational institution in Northern Ireland.

Agreement on teachers' pay and conditions of service is reached through the Teachers' Salaries and Conditions of Service Committee (Schools) which comprises the employing authorities/employer representatives, the Department of Education (DE) and the five recognised teachers' unions NEU is one of the five unions that make up the Northern Ireland Teachers Council (NITC).

As a student undertaking initial teacher training, you are eligible for free NEU membership.

Watch a joint National Education Union (NEU), Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) and Ulster Teachers' Union (UTU) video of young teachers sharing their views on the importance and benefits of trade union membership.

Joint union video

Watch young teachers share their views on the importance and benefits of trade union membership.

Mentoring and serving students is at the heart of the NEUs mission. We are dedicated to the development of lifelong learning beginning at the student level and continuing through professional employment. We enthusiastically welcome students to become part of a community of friends and colleagues who all seek the same goal: excellence in teaching.

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Join by 30 October 2020 (extended deadline) to be entered into a prize draw - details in the video!

Latest news

  • Graphical representation of Covid-19
    Coronavirus: New School Day

    This guidance has been developed for education settings, to support a safe reopening of schools in line with the Northern Ireland Executive’s “Coronavirus Executive Approach to Decision-Making” published on 12 May 2020.

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    Department of Education NI launch Engage Programme

    The Department of Education NI (DENI) have announcement a major programme aimed at addressing the impact of Covid-19 on children’s learning. This is a scheme that NEU have been campaigning for as part of the school -re-start’ negotiations.

Latest blogs

  • Blog Primary school girl explaining her work to her teacher
    Safe schools – Reappraisal required?

    As teachers and staff take a well-earned extended break at Halloween, Mark Langhammer, Northern Ireland regional secretary reflects on the ‘school restart’.

  • Blog Secondary school children walking up stairs
    Back to School: Full Week One

    We did it, we’re back and we’re making it work! Colette Thompson, literacy specialist and vice-chair of Fighting Words, Northern Ireland reflects on the first full week back at school.

  • Blog Teacher laughing with secondary school pupils
    School restart across Europe

    With school restart imminent in Northern Ireland, and many teachers confused by rushed, often contradictory advice and guidance, Mark Langhammer looks at the school-restart experience of some of our neighbours across Europe.

Latest press releases

  • Press release Graphic of Coronavirus for general pages
    Coronavirus: Schools restart in Northern Ireland

    A joint letter of agreement has been agreed and issued further to the announcement confirming that as a consequence of the current exceptional circumstances, the start of the academic year 20/21 will be from week commencing 17 August 2020.

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    Northern Ireland Teachers’ Council accepts teachers' pay offer

    Today, the Northern Ireland Teachers’ Council (NITC) – the body which makes up the Teachers’ Side of the Teachers’ Negotiating Committee has announced that it will be accepting the terms of the Pay and Workload Agreement presented to them on 8 April 2020.

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