International news

Human Rights abuses of children and families in the USA
Joint General Secretaries Dr Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney have written to His Excellency Mr Julian Braithwaite, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, UK Mission to the UN and Other International Organisations in Geneva regarding the human rights abuses of children and families seeking asylum in the United States. They have called on the Ambassador to hold President Trump’s administration to account and protect the rights and futures of these families. Read the letter here.

Joint General Secretaries Urge Action on Disappearances in Mexico
The Joint General Secretaries of the National Education Union have written to the British Ambassador to Mexico to urge him to raise awareness of forced disappearances in Mexico at the country's upcoming Universal Periodic Review at the UN. Read the letter here.

Joint General Secretaries express concern over Education Outcomes Fund
The Joint General Secretaries of the National Education Union have written to the Secretary of State for International Development, the Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, to express their concern over the proposed Education Outcomes Fund (EOF). The UK's Department for International Development is envisioned as a possible 'outcomes funder' for the EOF. Read the letter here.

Srebrenica Memorial Day 2018 Statement
To mark Srebrenica Memorial Day 2018, the Joint General Secretaries of the National Education Union have released a statement, acknowledging the continued importance of education to fight discrimination and recognising the need for communities to come together to celebrate diversity. Read the full statement here.

NEU – NUT Section joins UK monitoring team of Mexican election
Trades unionists, academics, lawyers and politicians from across the UK answered an appeal from Mexican human rights and civil society groups to scrutinise the election on 1 July, the biggest in the country's history. This comes in the wake of the NEU-NUT Section fact-finding visit to Mexico in January this year. Read the full press statement here.

Solidarity with American teachers and students
The British and Irish Group of Teacher Unions, of which the NEU is a member, sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to take action to promote gun control. Read the letter here.

Joint General Secretary Urges Respect for Peace Agreement in Colombia
Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union - NUT Section Kevin Courtney has written to the High Commissioner for Peace in Colombia urging full implementation of the Colombian peace agreement and respect for legal and human rights after the arrest of Jesus Santrich. Read the letter here.

Statement on attacks by Israeli troops on protesters in Gaza
Dr Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretaries of the National Education Union, have released a statement reaffirming the Union's commitment to achieving a just settlement that brings peace between Israel and Palestine and condemning the attacks by Israeli troops on protesters in Gaza. Read the statement here. In addition, Kevin Courtney wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Theresa May MP. Read the letter here.

NEU and EIS Urge President Trump to Protect Students and Teachers
Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretaries of the National Education Union (NEU), and Larry Flanagan, General Secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) have written to President Trump in the wake of the recent school shooting in Florida. In the letter, the General Secretaries urge the President to protect the students and teachers of his nation. Read the letter here.

Commonwealth Teachers’ Group

The Commonwealth is an association of 53 independent states consulting and co-operating in the common interests of their peoples and in the promotion of international understanding.

The NUT is a founding member of the Commonwealth Teachers’ Group which operates under the auspices of Education International.

In this section you will find information about our work in the Commonwealth.