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.
Teachers from across the UK will be gathering to debate a range of motions on topics including pupil indiscipline, the mental health of teachers, workload, pay and conditions, marking and the school accountability system.
Government claim that college of teaching will operate free from political interference is risible, says NASUWT
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT: 'The NASUWT has never objected in principle to the creation of a dedicated professional body for teaching'.
Desperate electoral window dressing cannot hide the terrible toll government economic policies have taken
Chris Keates: “There were no words of comfort for the thousands of families who are homeless".
Chris Keates: 'The Select Committee report vindicates the stance taken by the NASUWT when the investigation reports were published'.
Chris Keates: "Teachers have had their pay cut by thousands of pounds over the last four and half years under this Coalition Government".