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.
National standards to regulate supply teacher agencies are urgently needed in order to stem the exploitation of staff
Reforms to the GCSE grading system threaten to increase the pressure on pupils and schools
Any move to increase the state pension age has been rejected by representatives at the Annual Conference of the NASUWT
Pupils with special educational needs are not receiving the support they are entitled to due to budget cuts
The lack of work/life balance is leaving teachers increasingly exhausted, stressed and unable to give their best to the pupils they teach