Two teaching unions have voted to merge together to form the biggest union of teachers and educators in Europe.
The so-called “super-union” will comprise of members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).
The new group, to be called the National Education Union (NEU), will be the voice of nearly half a million education professionals.
Between 27 February and 21 March, 73 per cent of ATL members and 97 per cent of NUT members backed the decision to merge.
Mary Bousted, ATL general secretary, said the merger was a “historic moment”.
“With nearly half a million members, we will speak with a stronger voice on behalf of education professionals and the children, young people and adults they support.
“The government will need to listen when we speak on the key issues facing education – funding cuts, excessive workloads, the recruitment and retention crisis, the chaotic exam reform and accountability.”
Kevin Courtney, head of the NUT, said: “For too long, governments have played divide and rule amongst education unions. Today marks the beginning of the end of that.
“The NEU will be a game-changer in the education landscape and I am delighted to be jointly leading it forward over the coming months and years.”
The union will officially form in September this year.