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.
Changes to primary assessment welcome, but only make a difference if the government ensures compliance
The changes announced to the arrangements for primary assessment to be made in the short-term are a positive response
Gender inequality, combined with crushing workloads and attacks on their pay and working conditions, are threatening to drive women out of the profession
NASUWT warns of "overwhelming mountain of evidence" that teachers' professional lives are blighted by an excessive workload
Audits and information gathering are all very well, but they are no substitute for the urgent action which is needed
Schools have a critical role in the issue of gender equality and making sure that all children and young people have the best life chances