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The NASUWT offers advice, support and access to services on a whole range of problems members may encounter, employment related and non-employment related. See below.

If you have a NASUWT Workplace Rep, they should be your first point of contact.

If you do not have a Workplace rep you can find links to various services and contact info for Local, Regional and National Services on this page, or you can refer to the NASUWT National Website

NASUWT members in England can get support, advice and information on employment-related issues by contacting the Member Support Advice Team.

The team is available from 8am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday. Call 03330 145550 FREE from landlines and most mobile phones. Email

The NASUWT Eastern Region office is in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Eastern Regional Centre NASUWT
St James House
The Anderson Centre
Olding Road
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 3TA

Tel: 01284 772300


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.

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Teacherline offers confidential advice, support and professional counselling on any problem.

You can contact Teacherline anytime by calling 08000 562 561

Local Contacts and online support

Peter Wathen

Peter Wathen


Bedford Area Negotiating  Secretary:

Peter Wathen: email


Follow North Beds Association of The NASUWT and The NASUWT

Twitter: @northbedsnasuw

Eastern Region NASUWT Group:!/groups/171499986194690/


The NASUWT  @nasuwt

NASUWT Organising:!/nasuwt.organising

Workplace Representatives

If you are an elected Workplace Representative please consider attending The North Beds NASUWT  Executive Meetings

If you would like to become a Workplace Representative contact us. Full Training is provided.

Criminal Allegations

The NASUWT arranges prompt and effective representation provided by specialist criminal solicitors at Thompsons for teachers facing criminal allegations arising from their teaching employment whilst they were in membership of the Union.

If a criminal allegation is made against you which is related to your teaching employment, e.g. physical or sexual assault, or theft, and you have been called for interview by the police you should follow the advice below:

  • Say to the police officer: “I am anxious to co-operate in getting this matter cleared up. I have been advised by my Union not to agree to answer questions or make a statement until my solicitor is present“.
  • You should be given the opportunity to make a telephone call. Ring your NASUWT Regional Centre, with details of the police officer’s name, rank, police station and telephone number. Legal representation will then be arranged.
  • If the police officer will not allow you to contact the NASUWT, and arrests you, ask for the services of the duty solicitor and contact your NASUWT Regional Centre as soon as possible. Please ensure you obtain the contact details of the duty solicitor to pass onto the NASUWT.
  • If the police contact you out of office hours, you should contact the out of hours helpline on 0800 587 7530 – weekdays (Monday to Thursday 5.30pm – 8.30am), weekends (Friday 5.30pm – Monday 8.30am).

Personal Injury Employment Related

The NASUWT uses expert solicitors in the pursuit of personal injury claims for compensation which arise out of work-related accidents, illness and assault. As with all personal injury compensation claims, you would need to prove that your injury, illness or disease was caused as a result of the negligence of a third party. The Scheme does not cover medical negligence.

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Personal Injury – non-employment related

This service provides advice and representation for members and their families for all accidents outside the workplace including road traffic accidents, and for non work-related disease or illness. Accidents which occur abroad, for example whilst on holiday, are covered if the claim can be pursued in the UK courts. The Scheme does not cover medical negligence or CICA claims.

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The NASUWT Benevolent Fund

The NASUWT Benevolent Fund is available to members, former members and the dependants of members and former members and dependants of deceased members, provided a subscription has been paid to the Union. Sometimes, members experience financial hardship through no fault of their own and as a result of unforeseen circumstances. These situations can arise because of chronic illness, bereavement, an accident or loss of employment through dismissal or redundancy. The NASUWT Benevolent Fund was created to provide effective short-term assistance during such difficulties.

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Non-employment related advice

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. Most queries on employment-related issues will be referred back to the Union.

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