The representative is the voice of the NEU in each workplace. As an NEU rep you regularly communicate with members and are the first point of contact for any concerns they may have. The more workplace based reps we have, the stronger the union will be.

Tower Hamlets and the City is keen to support our reps  and we can advise on different ways reps in other schools manage the role including job-shares and the creation of small committees to spread the work. The most important thing for us is to have someone in every school who can be a contact point for our members and ensure that they are well-informed and know how to get more advice and help.

Download our NEU reps September checklist

FAQs (2019)

Ideas on how to organise in your workplace

Why be an NEU rep?

  • Help colleagues resolve issues and concerns in your workplace.
  • Promote the needs and interests of teachers in your workplace
  • Ensure fairness and equality for all in your workplace.
  • Make your voice heard. Workplaces with NEU reps and active union groups are better places to work
  • More information from the NEU on being a rep can be found here

What being an NEU rep involves

  • Building an active NEU group in your workplace by holding regular meetings to find out what issues are important to members.
  • Recruiting potential members, including newly qualified teachers and students and support staff, into the NEU.
  • Raising the visibility of the NEU in your workplace through regular meetings, displaying posters and distributing materials provided by your local association or division and the national union.
  • Promoting union campaigns amongst colleagues, seeking their involvement.
  • Keeping in regular contact with your association or division, and relating issues and concerns that can’t be resolved at school level to appropriate colleagues.

To be a representative you will need to be elected by the members in your workplace. Representatives are elected annually by all members in the workplace. All reps should receive accreditation from their local association.

If there is no representative in your workplace and you wish to take on the role, get members together for a meeting. Once a meeting and election has taken place, you can confirm that you have been elected by emailing

If you would like advice on setting up a workplace meeting and election, please contact us

More information for NEU reps

Health & Safety Rep

It is a good idea for every school to elect a H&S Rep as well as a Rep.  Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the H&S Rep has no additional duties beyond those of all employees.  But the employer has a duty to ‘ensure as far as reasonably practical, the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees’. More details on this role here

Reps Training

As a trade union representative, you are entitled to time off school to attend training. We strongly urge you to attend the NEU’s national three day training course which is highly regarded.

For more details and dates, see here

NEU workplace representatives – Access to your membership list

All Rep’s have secure access to the list of members in their workplace, and lets you notify us of any changes. Click the link above to find out more

Before you can access a list of your members you need to register and set up a password using the form below.

Once registered, access the NEU workplace representatives tool here.

Help is available within the tool, and you can download a copy of the guide here.

Forgot your password? You can re-register here

At present this self-registration tool is only open to members paying their subscription by Direct Debit. If you have problems registering please call the Helpdesk on 0845 300 1666 or 020 7380 6366 between 9am and 5pm, Monday – Friday.

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