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 have reported there is still more to do to ensure LGBTI equality in schools for all staff and pupils.
"We have now had numerous official public bodies highlighting the lack of effective action by this Government to address the deep teacher recruitment and retention crisis."
The treatment of BME teachers in the workplace has not improved over the last decade and the work and contribution of BME teachers is not generally recognised and valued by schools, a conference organised by the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, has heard
"The benefits to parents of this policy are beyond debate"
Today’s announcement by Waitrose to ban sales of high-caffeine energy drinks to under-16s has been welcomed by the NASUWT