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.
The NASUWT has led calls for the Home Office to reverse policies that would lead to thousands of migrant teachers losing their jobs
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, has commented on the report by IPPR into the funding of schools in the north of England.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, has commented on the reference in the Queen’s Speech to the Government’s plans for an Education Bill.
The report echoes NASUWT's own findings
General Secretary of the NASUWT has written to the Secretary of State calling on her to immediately end the uncertainty being faced by primary schools as a result of the Key Stage 2 SATs test being compromised