Welcome to the Sunderland NASUWT

We hope you will find this website useful. It has been developed to enable you to make the most of your Union.

The NASUWT is one of the largest teacher unions in the United Kingdom. It is the only teacher union with members in all corners of the country. We organise in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. NASUWT has members in all the educational sectors offering them unrivalled support, advice and assistance.

The NASUWT in Sunderland is the most progressive and active teacher union with more members than any educational trade union in the LEA.

As well as close links with both the regional and national organisation it has lay officers presently working in our secondary, primary and special schools that can support its members in all aspects of their working lives.

If you need advice or have an issue in your school, you should in the first instance use the NASUWT helpline (see the Contacts page). Depending on the nature of your enquiry, you may then be referred to one of your local officers whose contact details are also listed.

If you email a local officer, please leave a telephone number so we can telephone if necessary.

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Commenting on Ofsted’s Annual Report, published today, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said:

“Sir Michael Wilshaw’s final Annual Report as Chief Inspector of Schools confirms that it is the hard work, dedication and professionalism of teachers and headteachers that is key to delivering high educational standards and improvements, year on year.

“However, the latest Annual Report also confirms that without a clear focus on the need to support the capacity of the system to sustain these improvements, standards of education are being put at risk.

“It is evident from the Chief Inspector’s report that the progress which Ofsted inspectors have observed again this year has been secured often despite Government policy rather than because of it.

“The Chief Inspector is right to send a clear warning about the Government’s obsession with further structural changes as being the way to raise standards for pupils; what matters is creating the conditions in which teachers can focus on teaching and learning, without unnecessary and wasteful distractions.

“The current crisis in the recruitment, retention and morale of the teacher workforce is a further issue on which Ofsted and the NASUWT agree has real potential to undermine the ability of schools to meet the educational needs and entitlements of all children and young people.

“The failure of the Government to ensure that all teachers benefit from attractive pay and conditions of service and a manageable workload is hampering the ability of schools to continue to be world class.

“Ofsted’s Annual Report should serve as a wake-up call to the Government to focus on ensuring the conditions are in place to ensure that all pupils continue to be taught by qualified and committed teachers.”


Commenting on Ofsted’s Annual Report, published today, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“It is clear from the report that the teaching profession continues to secure high quality learning experiences for children and young people. This is despite the continuing pressures teachers are facing in terms of depressed pay, excessive workload and the knock-on impact of the major recruitment and retention crisis.

“This success has been achieved despite the government’s education policies, not because of them and we see in Ofsted’s report some of the consequences of the government’s failure to exercise strategic leadership over the education system.

“Weaknesses in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, a lack of oversight over apprenticeships and the challenges faced by pupils with SEND are all a result of the government’s ideologically driven laissez faire approach to education.

“It is past time for the DfE to recognise that unless the government fulfils the critical responsibilities of the state, the problems and shortcomings in the system identified by Ofsted today will only persist, broaden and intensify.”

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