Putting Teachers First is the philosophy and practice that has made NASUWT the largest teachers' union in the UK with over 270,000 members.
The NASUWT is the only TUC-affiliated teachers' union to represent teachers in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and has members in all sectors from early years to further education and represents teachers in all roles including heads and deputies.
The membership of serving teachers determines national policy, which is implemented by those elected to represent them.
NASUWT is not linked to any political party. It makes no donations either directly or indirectly. The Union's aim is to serve the best interests of teachers no matter what party forms the Government at national or local level.
NASUWT is deeply committed in working to influence the education policy of the Government and employers. NASUWT is a member of the TUC and is linked to other national and international trade union organisations and represented on a wide range of professional, educational and advisory bodies.
NASUWT has developed policies on many of the key issues affecting education and members' conditions of service. Our long-standing views on the funding of schools, the National Curriculum and our stance on violent and disruptive pupils, excessive workload and bureaucracy are now being adopted by others and heeded by Government.
Chris Keates: 'It should come as no surprise to anyone that the Secretary of State is selecting criteria to define coasting schools to maximise the opportunity for extending academisation.'
Chris Keates: “If, as expected, the figures show that child poverty levels have risen yet again, this is a shameful indictment of the economic and social policies of the Coalition Government.
“This is the same rhetoric that we have heard from the Prime Minister for the last five years, which is designed to distract from the reality of low-paid, hardworking families and from the fact that most of those receiving benefits and tax credits for their children are actually in work.
Over four-fifths of disabled teachers have been discriminated against because of their disability in the course of their job, a conference organised by the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, has heard.
The NASUWT has congratulated the leaders of the Bahrain Teachers Association (BTA) who have been awarded the 2015 Arthur Svensson Prize in recognition of their fight to organise and represent the interest of teachers in the face of extreme repression from the Bahraini authorities.