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Professional Bodies


The NASUWT (National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers) is a trade union representing teachers, including headteachers, throughout the United Kingdom. It is the country's largest teaching union. NASUWT, the Teachers’ Union, provides unrivalled protection, benefits and support for teachers, from professional advice to legal support and free training.

By ‘putting teachers first’, the NASUWT works to enhance the status of the teaching profession to deliver real improvements to teachers’ working lives, seeking to ensure they are recognised and rewarded as highly skilled professionals with working conditions that enable them to focus on their core role of teaching.

The NASUWT is well organised, collectively run and is strong in its support of teachers in terms of their pay, conditions of service, and health and safety at work, as well as offering support to members across all aspects of their teaching life.

At school level the NASUWT rep is Gavin Husband; he is there to provide advice and support, and to represent the collective voice of members at DHFS. The NASUWT offer support at local, regional and national level, through their lay led Union structure, and the NASUWT is currently the largest union in school.

Teaching is a difficult and responsible job and unfortunately even the best teacher can find themselves in difficulties, sometimes including facing allegations of misconduct, possible disciplinary action or criminal proceedings. In view of this DHFS strongly recommends that all teachers should belong to a recognised Trade Union.


Professional Bodies


The NEU (National Education Union formerly NUT and ATL) is the largest teaching trade union in the UK which represents teachers, including head teachers and teaching assistants, throughout the United Kingdom.

The aim of the NEU is to safeguard and promote the interests of teachers and teaching assistants and to ensure their recognition as well qualified professionals. The NEU has a longstanding tradition of supporting its members both in terms of their pay and working conditions as well as offering support to member who face disciplinary action.

At school level the NEU Representative is Rosalind Hobson (Ros), who can be contacted via the Creative and Expressive Arts' (Music) Faculty. She is here to provide advice and support for all NEU members. Further support is also offered at a local and regional level. It is the NEU’s wide spread belief that all teachers and teaching assistants should be belong to a recognised trade union.

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