National Education Union

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Formed in 2017 by the merger of the NUT and the ATL, the NEU has over 500,000 members, and is the largest education union in the UK. It is sad but true that govt ministers are often driven by fanatic adherence to ideology, and ignore the yawning chasm between theory and practice. Children are the future for us all: but without a decent education, that future could be very grim. Research shows that the IQ levels of young people in the West have been steadily falling over the past few decades, possibly linked to changes in the way children are educated.[1]

Strength is in numbers: join the Union and have a voice in how policy is shaped. For example, in Mar.2013 the NUT passed a vote of no confidence in Michael Gove's dogma-based policies, backed up by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT). Consequently, Gove was removed as Education Secretary.

National Union of Teachers


Association of Teachers and Lecturers


Sept.2017NEU: NUT merged with ATL to form a new union known as the National Education Union.
1993ATL: AMMA changed its name to the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.
1978AMMA: the AAM and AMA merged.
1922NAS became a stand-alone organisation, now amalgamated into the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT).
1920NAS: NAMT changed its name to National Associaton of Schoolmasters (NAS).
1919NAMT: the National Association of Men Teachers (NAMT), was formed within the NUT to further the interests of male teachers.
1891AMA: the Association of Assistant Masters was founded.
1884AAM: the Association of Assistant Mistresses was created.
Apr.1889NUT: NUET changed its name to National Union of Teachers.
Jun.1870NUET: the National Union of Elementary Teachers was established.


  1. ^ Dumb and dumber: why we’re getting less intelligent. Oliver Moody, The Times, Jun.12.2018.