Why join?

We are committed to making the education sector a great place to work and a great place to learn.

The National Education Union represents the majority of teachers and educational professionals in the UK. Whether you’re a trainee, newly qualified or experienced teacher, lecturer, support staff or leader – working in a local authority, academy or independent school, sixth form college or FE/HE – you can join the National Education Union.


Standing up for education

Our campaigning work to highlight school cuts has made funding the number one concern of parents and a decisive political issue for all political parties. And our workload campaign has ensured the issue is being addressed in workplaces up and down the country, as well as seeing the DfE issue guidance. We will continue to fight for a fairly-funded education system with highly trained and qualified teachers and educational professionals who have manageable workloads, fair pay and good working conditions.


Excellent personal and professional development

We believe it is important to have a well-trained and motivated workforce. So whatever your role and wherever you are in your career, we offer training and professional development opportunities to suit you, with subjects ranging from behaviour management and pupil mental health, to SEND and classroom skills.


Help, advice and support

Whether you need guidance about your employment rights or help with problems such as workload, bullying or accidents at work, you will have access to the combined expertise of both the ATL and NUT National Education Union sections. With an unrivalled network of workplace reps, local associations and branches, regional offices in England, the Wales office and the Northern Ireland office, as well as an expert legal team, national officials, helplines and online support you can always find the help you need.


Equality matters

The importance of equality runs through the National Education Union’s work. It is a key priority of the union to ensure that its members have a voice in the union, in the classroom and in broader society, and do not face barriers to promotion, representation or participation. We believe that all children and young people should have equal access to a good school and an education system which treats staff and those they teach fairly.


It’s your union

The National Education Union is run by its members for its members. Get involved in your union and you can help determine policy, play a key role in campaigning, attend events and conferences, and support your colleagues with issues at work. 


Publications and resources

We are unmatched in the range and quality of free publications and factsheets we offer, covering everything from guidance on employment rights, school trips and managing behaviour, to appraisals, pensions, mentoring and managing workload.


Keep up to date

Our members’ magazines and sector-specific newsletters will keep you updated on the latest developments at the National Education Union and in the wider profession. Keep up with the debate and share your experiences with us on Twitter and Facebook.


Insurance protection and cover

As a member, you receive free insurance protection and cover for everything from personal accidents, to loss or damage of property, including teaching equipment, personal effects and musical instruments.


Personal injury protection

Members and their families can take advantage of our free and impartial personal injury service regarding accident and injury claims, whether at work or elsewhere.


More for your membership

We give you more for your membership by providing you and your family with a wide range of money-saving benefits and services through the member benefits programme.

Join today

  • Free for students/trainees
  • £1 for newly qualified
  • 50% off for new members

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