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.

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  • NASUWT comments on the 'workload challenge'

    Chris Keates: 'Nicky Morgan has only been in office a few weeks but she has been unable to avoid recognising the excessive workload burden under which the teaching profession is labouring'.

  • Shameful record on child poverty

    Chris Keates: 'The findings of this Report confirm a bleak and depressing picture where child poverty is set to increase, further entrenching the socio-economic divide across the UK'.

  • NASUWT supports ‘Britain needs a pay rise’

    Hundreds of members of the NASUWT will arrive in London today from across England and Wales to take part a march through Central London and rally in Hyde Park to call for a economic recovery that works for all.

  • NASUWT comments on new guidance by Ofsted

    Chris Keates: 'The publication by Ofsted of clarification for schools is a welcome development which will help to empower teachers to challenge unnecessary and unproductive practices in schools which do not contribute to securing effective teaching and learning'.

  • NASUWT meets Bahrain ambassador to call for release of jailed teachers' union leader

    The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, has today been part of a delegation calling for the release of the jailed president of the Bahrain Teachers Association (BTA) Mahdi Abu Dheeb at the Bahrain embassy in London.

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