In the independent sector, the National Education Union is the leading education union in terms of both membership and negotiating rights, including those of support staff. In maintained schools, the local government unions are recognised to collectively bargain on behalf of support staff. We also have a growing number of support staff members in sixth form, FE and HE colleges.

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    The NEU supports and represents its members in academies in the same way as teachers in local authority maintained schools.

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    NEU is the largest single union in the independent sector with over 30,000 members in 1,700 schools. We represent more teachers and support staff working in independent schools than any other union.

  • Teacher sitting on the floor reading to children

    Specific advice for supply teachers.