National Education Union

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National Education Union
National Education Union logo.png
Mottotogether we'll shape the future of education
Founded1 September 2017
Members461,950 (2017)
Key peopleMary Bousted and Kevin Courtney (Joint General-Secretaries)
Office locationHamilton House, Mabledon Place, London
CountryUnited Kingdom
Isle of Man

The National Education Union (NEU) is a trade union in the United Kingdom for school teachers, further education lecturers, education support staff and teaching assistants. It was formed by the merger of the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers in 2017.[1] With 461,950 members, it is the largest education union in the UK.

Governance and administration[edit]

The NEU came into being on 1 September 2017. At that time a Joint Executive Council was formed with the existing structures of the NUT and ATL continuing to function as sections of the new union. Full amalgamation took place on 1 January 2019 and a new Executive Committee was elected. The existing general secretaries of the NUT and ATL, Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted, will serve as joint general secretaries of the new union until 2023 when a single general secretary will be elected.[2]


National Union of Teachers[edit]

The NUT was established at a meeting at King's College London on 25 June 1870 as the National Union of Elementary Teachers (NUET) to represent all school teachers in England and Wales, combining a number of local teacher associations which had formed across the country following the 1870 Education Act.[3] After toying with the idea of changing the name to the National Union of English Teachers, the name National Union of Teachers (NUT) was finally adopted at Annual Conference in April 1889.

Association of Teachers and Lecturers[edit]

The origins of ATL go back to 1884 when 180 women met to create the Association of Assistant Mistresses (AAM). These women worked in schools founded for higher education of girls. Their concern was primarily for the pupils. However, in 1921, the AAM appointed representatives to the newly formed Burnham Committee on Salaries in Secondary Schools.

1891 saw the formation of the Association of Assistant Masters in Secondary Schools (AMA). Its purpose was to protect and improve the conditions of service of secondary teachers. Between 1899 and 1908 it played an influential part in obtaining security of tenure for assistant teachers through the Endowed Schools Act.

Then in 1978 AAM and AMA merged to form the Assistant Masters and Mistresses Association (AMMA), with a membership of approximately 75,000. The name was changed in 1993 to the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

National Education Union[edit]

The NUT and ATL agreed to pursue a merger during their autumn conferences in late 2016. A ballot of members of both unions took place between 27 February and 21 March 2017. The results were announced the following day and resulted in 97% of NUT members and 73% of ATL members who returned their ballot papers supporting the merger proposals.[4]

Logo and corporate identity[edit]

A logo for the new union was launched on 30 June 2017. The logo features a starburst of pentagons with the name of the union written at the centre. Despite being a proper noun, the name is stylised in the logo in all lower case letters as "national education union" rather than "National Education Union". The union uses the strapline "together we'll shape the future of education".[5]

Fred and Anne Jarvis Award[edit]

Named after former NUT General Secretary Fred Jarvis and his late wife, the Fred and Anne Jarvis Award was established by the NUT in 2007 and presented annually, originally to individuals other than NUT members who campaigned tirelessly for all children and young people.[6] From 2019 the award has been presented by the NEU. For a list of winners of the Fred and Anne Jarvis Award see List of Fred and Anne Jarvis Award winners.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Weale, Sally (22 March 2017). "NUT and ATL vote to merge into National Education Union". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
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  3. ^ Tropp, A (1957). The School Teachers: the growth of the teaching profession in England and Wales from 1800 to the present day. London: Heinemann.
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  5. ^ Hazell, Will (30 June 2017). "New logo for teaching super union revealed". TES. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Memorial for Anne Jarvis at the Institute of Education" (PDF). Education Publishing Worldwide Limited. 21 September 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2012.

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