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.
In Iraq, access to quality education is a critical issue.
Representatives at the Annual Conference of the NASUWT will today condemn the devastating impact that the Coalition Government’s austerity measures and education policies are having on young people.
The Coalition Government’s obsession with increased school autonomy and deregulation is leading to public money being abused and squandered.
The Coalition Government’s attacks on health and safety provisions are jeopardising the quality of educational provision for children and young people.
The majority of teachers cannot afford to pay more for their pension and believe the adverse changes to teachers’ pensions will deter new recruits from entering the profession.