Civil Society in United Kingdom
There is a long established base of civil society organisations in the UK including trade unions and charities. The teachers’ union movement has been active in the country for over a century. National Union of Teachers (NUT) is the largest teachers union; NASUWT is the other significant one. The make-up of charities is very diverse. Typically one will find charities catering to different aspects of the education system. In special needs, there are organisations such as TreeHouse Trust (autism), the British Dyslexia Association and the National Association for Special Educational Needs. Some charities cater to specific social issues affecting pupils in UK schools, such as the National Black Boys Can Association, which helps to address education underachievement by black boys; Bullying UK which helps advice children on issues regarding bullying; and Straight Talking Peer Education, a leading national teenage pregnancy education charity. International development charities which focus on education are mainly involved in fundraising efforts, which help to finance their activities overseas.
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