Pay survey FAQs

Next steps

The union is reviewing the results of the pay survey, and will announce the next stage of our campaign when the review is complete.

When does the survey open and close?

The survey is now closed.

Who is eligible to complete the survey?

The survey is available to all in service teacher members in state funded schools in England (this includes academies).

Members in post-16 colleges are not eligible, as they have collective bargaining with their respective employer associations.

How will the survey work?

The survey will be sent to members using NEU Activate (our own survey tool). The survey will go to your primary email/mobile phone number to receive communications. 

If you need to update these details please go to My NEU. If you do not have an email of mobile phone number with us, you will not have access to the survey. 

Who is not eligible to complete the survey and why?

This survey is aimed at all members whose pay is recommended by the School Teachers Review Body (STRB)

  • Support staff are not eligible and have had their own recent survey on pay.
  • All post 16 members are not eligible.
  • Independent members’ pay is not decided by STRB and therefore are not eligible.
  • Wales members have a devolved pay process and therefore are not eligible for this survey.

What about supply members?

Supply members will generally not be able to take part in strike action or other industrial action, so are not included in this survey.  Supply members will be offered opportunities to support the Union’s campaign in other ways.  The NEU is continuing to take other steps to help improve supply members’  pay, including advice to members and to branches on securing better agency pay rates.

What is the NEU doing on pay in the independent sector?

At the end of January, we will be conducting the NEU independent sector Pay & Conditions Survey 2022. There are two surveys – one for teachers and one for support staff - and is conducted annually by email.

As part of the NEU bargaining calendar in the independent sector, Spring term sees a focus on pay. This coincides with the financial cycle in the sector. IS schools discuss draft budgets around February. If members are to influence their pay, they need to put in a pay claim around this time and certainly before the budget is firmed up around Easter.

Also, being updated for January 2022 is the NEU guidance on collective bargaining in the independent sector. Updates will be online in the next couple of weeks.

How will the survey work?

Eligible members will be sent via both email and text an electronic link which is unique to them to take part in the survey. Reminders will be sent until the survey has closed.

When is the last time that I can update my details?

Monday 31 January was be the last time that members could update their details.

When will a replacement survey be sent?

We are no longer able to resend replacement surveys

Where do I email if I have any enquiries?

Members need to email with any query they may have. If possible, it will be best for members to include their membership number, or school name and local authority area to easily identify them.