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.

What's new

  • Important changes to inspection framework welcome, says NASUWT

    "The NASUWT has long maintained that inspectors have a critical role to play in challenging schools and colleges that fail to take effective action to protect teachers from excessive and unnecessary workload burdens."

  • NASUWT comments on EPI sixth form and college funding report

    “The NASUWT has been warning for some time that much of the post-16 sector is in a parlous financial state because of Government cuts and a lack of scrutiny of how money is being spent."

  • 'Unrealistic' pension age condemned

    The increase in the retirement age for teachers to 68 is completely unrealistic in a climate where teachers are burning out after only a few years in the job the Annual Conference of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, has heard today.

  • ‘Nomadic' teachers subject to additional stress

    Increasing numbers of teachers are being left without a permanent classroom base as a result of overcrowding, poor timetabling and deployment and insufficient or unsuitable specialist provision, the Annual Conference of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, has heard today.

  • Teachers and pupils pay a high price for high stakes accountability

    Teachers and pupils are being burnt out by the demands of the assessment, tracking and data systems employed in many schools, which drive up teacher workload, undermine the ability of teachers to focus on teaching and supporting their pupils and generate anxiety and stress in many pupils, representatives at the Annual Conference of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, have argued.

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