South West NASUWT

Employment Law & Entitlement

ACAS (click here for link) provides information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems under the headings Rights and responsibilities, Good practice at work, Disputes and problems at work and Early conciliation.

Under its Advice and Guidance heading is provided guidance on:


Non-employment Related Issues

NASUWT members can take advantage of a 30-minute free telephone service staffed by experienced advisors who are able to access the latest information and are equipped to advise on any non-employment-related legal issue.

This service is provided for the NASUWT by Thompsons Solicitors.

The service comprises:

  • a dedicated free phone line;
  • access to a legally qualified adviser on weekdays between 8am and 8pm;
  • fact sheets on the most frequently raised issues, including debt, neighbour disputes and the Child Benefit Agency.

Call 0808 100 2221 to book an appointment to speak to an advisor. You will need to provide your name, contact details and your NASUWT membership number.

If there is a problem with your membership or you do not know your membership number, contact the NASUWT Membership Team on 03330 145550 (option 2).

NASUWT members who are three or more months in arrears with their subscriptions at the time the incident arose are not entitled to casework representation and/or legal assistance and cannot establish entitlement to representation by subsequently paying arrears.

Retired, former, career break and associate members who were in membership at the time the issue arose, and in the case of former members, providing they have not joined another Teacher Trade Union, are also entitled to representation.


Employment Related Casework

The Union’s casework services include:

  • Advice on all aspects of employment;
  • The defence of disciplinary allegations or competency proceedings;
  • Representation, where claims are deemed to have reasonable prospects of success, at employment tribunals for cases such as breach of contract, unfair dismissal/redundancy and discrimination.

The Union has 34 NASUWT Executive districts covering the UK which are supported by National Executive Members and Local Association Officers.

This structure is supplemented by paid full-time officials who are based across 9 Regional Centres in England and at the National Centre in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Specialist staff are based at the NASUWT National Headquarters in Birmingham who provide support across the UK.

Members requiring assistance should, in the first instance, contact the NASUWT representative in their workplace.

If the particular problem proves to be incapable of resolution within the workplace, then advice should be sought from the appropriate NASUWT Local Association or Negotiating Secretary. Secretaries

To obtain the relevant contact details, telephone your Regional Centre. If the Secretary is unable to deal with the matter personally, s/he will refer the matter to the National Executive Member, Professional Assistant or the Regional Official or Organiser.

Local casework is progressed most efficiently at a local/regional level. Accordingly, members and NASUWT representatives should not contact Headquarters directly as this causes unnecessary delay as cases will be referred back to the appropriate official at local or regional level.

NASUWT members wishing to apply for casework assistance in relation to matters arising from their teaching employment will be required to accept the terms and conditions of the Casework Assistance Scheme by completing Casework Assistance Form.