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 NASUWT has congratulated Ahmed Jassam Salih Al-Shiblawi of the Iraqi Teachers Union (ITU) who has been announced as the winner of Education International’s Mary Hatwood Futrell Human and Trade Union Rights Award.
Chris Keates: “The NASUWT welcomes Labour’s continuing commitment to securing the entitlement of all children and young people to be taught by a qualified teacher".
Discrimination against older teachers in schools has become an increasingly serious problem, representatives at the Annual Conference of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, have argued.
Teachers at the Annual Conference of the NASUWT have today called for the introduction of a contractual entitlement for all teachers to high-quality continuing professional development (CPD) throughout their careers.
Teachers are increasingly reporting that overly prescriptive marking policies are being imposed which specify not only how work should be marked, but even the colour of the pens to be used.