Research and analysis

Teacher voice omnibus: understanding union membership and activity

This report provides an analysis of responses to the teacher voice omnibus with supporting information about the survey.


The Department for Education submitted eight questions to NFER’s teacher voice omnibus survey in November 2012. The questions covered the following topics:

  • whether responding teachers were members of a teaching union
  • the number of the teachers at respondents’ schools employed full- or part-time as teaching union representatives
  • whether the current ‘work to rule’ by teachers was having an impact in respondents’ schools