Supporting the independent education community


  • Through every stage of your career, your Union is here for You, representing you industrially and professionally and supporting your individual needs in your workplace.
  • Pre-service teachers may access free membership during your initial teacher education degree. The Union runs a range of pre-service teacher and accreditation workshops throughout the year which you may attend.
  • The Union also provides a range of practical professional development and union training courses which are useful throughout your career.
  • The Union also provides a range of other popular and practical conferences and training opportunities of great value and interest wherever you are in your career.
  • The industrial representation provided by your Union ensures you and your colleagues maintain hard-won conditions, receive regular pay-rises and continue to make gains for your profession. For any individual needs, so long as you are already a member at the time the issue arises, the Union is just a phonecall away.  
  • At the end of your career, the Union is still here for you, with access to the Retired Members Association open to all retired members.

Your workplace news

  • No uni fee hikes - save the humanities!

    The National Union of Students are organising an emergency protest on Friday 26 June to protest the federal government’s decision to bring in sweeping changes to higher education funding which will increase fees for courses in humanities, law and commerce.

    24 Jun 2020
  • Women working in boys schools

    Join IEU women members discussing issues, strategies and support for Women working in boys schools, as part of the IEU’s Women’s Conference series of online Professional Development events.

    23 Jun 2020
  • Why I am an IEU member

    Meet Margaret Channon, a Learning Support Assistant at St Joseph’s High School in Aberdeen, and ardent unionist.

    23 Jun 2020
  • Union WIN: Independent Christian Schools support staff EA

    IEU members in nine independent Christian schools have voted 99% in favour of a new Multi-Enterprise Agreement (MEA) for support staff.

    23 Jun 2020
  • We need your help

    In pursuit of comparative wages of support staff in Catholic Systemic schools with those of public sector counterparts, the IEU and CCER have resolved to form a Joint Working Party, including member representation, to review and assess classification and wage structures.

    23 Jun 2020