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: 'The NASUWT has warned consistently that the issues highlighted by the Public Accounts Committee today would be the inevitable result of Coalition Government policy'.
The central role which education should play in tackling the widening gap between rich and poor has been highlighted in an international report, launched today at the Financial Times by the Inclusive Prosperity Commission.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT: 'The Coalition Government has presided over education reforms that have fundamentally undermined the job of teaching and leadership in schools'.
Chris Keates: 'The Government should take note of the clear message from this report that the most effective education systems are designed around students and learning, build teacher capacity and engage all learners'.
Nearly half of young teachers say they have been discriminated against during their career because of their age, a conference organised by the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, has heard.