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.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT: "Access to high-quality education should be the entitlement of all children and young people, irrespective of where they are educated".
A survey commissioned by the NASUWT has revealed that over 50% of teachers report that their school has failed to confirm that they will be paid the 1% cost of living award to which teachers were entitled on 1 September 2014.
Chris Keates: 'Millions of agency workers, including supply teachers, will welcome today’s commitment from Ed Milliband to get tough on unscrupulous agencies'.
Too many newly qualified teachers are being denied their statutory rights and entitlements during their induction year, a conference organised by the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, has heard.
Following the launch by the Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan of a workload challenge for teachers, the NASUWT has written responding to the challenge and detailing immediate steps she can take to alleviate the burdens on teachers.