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: 'Every year the Coalition Government has changed the basis on which school performance is measured'.
The NASUWT has marked 100 days to the General Election with the distribution of materials aimed at teachers, parents and the public emphasising the entitlements that our public education service should deliver for all children and young people.
Chris Keates: "The NASUWT has made the point consistently that there is no evidence that structural change raises standards".
Chris Keates: 'The NASUWT has warned consistently that the issues highlighted by the Public Accounts Committee today would be the inevitable result of Coalition Government policy'.
The central role which education should play in tackling the widening gap between rich and poor has been highlighted in an international report, launched today at the Financial Times by the Inclusive Prosperity Commission.