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 report, Free Schools, Equality and Inclusion, researched and written by Race On The Agenda (ROTA), found that many free schools are not operating fair and inclusive admission policies and are failing to comply with their statutory obligations to equality.
Punitive and discriminatory anti-gay laws are fuelling rising homophobia around the world, the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, told the TUC Congress in Liverpool.
The crisis in Iraq has paralysed the education system in the country, leaving thousands of children deprived of schooling, a fringe organised at the TUC Congress in Liverpool by the NASUWT heard.
Political parties must commit to ending the social and economic policies which are damaging children’s education, the NASUWT has told the TUC Congress in Liverpool.
The NASUWT took the opportunity presented by the address of the Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna to raise the exploitation of supply teachers by umbrella companies.