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: 'No one can fail but to be shocked by the horrific abuse of young girls revealed by recent investigations, including the Report today on Oxfordshire'.
Chris Keates: 'The news that teachers do the most unpaid overtime of any sector and have the highest proportion of its workforce undertaking regular unpaid overtime comes as no surprise to the NASUWT'.
Chris Keates: 'Who will determine what is age appropriate PSHE and SRE and what precisely should be taught?'
Chris Keates: "In the last two weeks we have heard from the leaders of the two major political parties on their plans for education post the General Election".
Children’s access to critical educational opportunities is becoming even more dependent on their parents’ ability to pay, a survey by the NASUWT has revealed.