Equalities Bulletin - November 2014
Encourage members from your division/association to participate in these events:
- LGBT Teachers’ Conference – 29 November 2014
And tell reps/members about:
- Transgender Day of Remembrance – 20 November 2014
- UK Disability History Month – 22 November to 22 December 2014
- World Aids Day – 1 December 2014
- Holocaust Memorial Day – 27 January 2015
- LGBT History Month – 1 to 28 February 2015 http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk
Six things to do this term:
- Tell reps about the Transgender Day of Remembrance (20 November) and look out for the leaflet Celebrating Trans Teachers on the NUT website.
- Tell reps about the Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools (CHIPS) materials which are supported by the NUT and are available at www.ellybarnes.com. They include lesson plans, activities and songs for making an LGBT friendly school.
- Nominate an individual or group of members from your association/division for the Blair Peach Award – nominations close on 19 December 2014.
- Get an equalities item onto your General Meeting agenda – discuss running a local equality event or campaign in your area.
- Tell reps about LGBT History Month.
The launch of LGBT History Month 2014 will take place on Tuesday, 18 November 2014, at the Museum of the Order of St John, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 4DA, at 18.00pm – 21.00pm.
FREE tickets are available at:
This takes place every February (1-28). LGBT History Month celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. In February 2015, LGBT History Month is celebrating its tenth anniversary. See the LGBT History Month website at www.lgbthistorymonth.org.uk.
Out and Inspirational Schools Competition
Explore the legacy of Harvey Milk and British LGBT campaigners. As part of its Tenth Anniversary celebrations in 2015, LGBT History Month and the Harvey Milk Foundation are delighted to have announced that a short film-making competition will take place for young people (ages 6-22). The closing date is 9 January 2015. For more details, see http://www.milkfoundation.org.
Further resources are also available at www.teachers.org.uk/taxonomy/term/1875
We are now taking nominations for the Blair Peach Award 2015. The BPA is awarded at Annual Conference to give recognition to members who have made exemplary contributions to their school, association or division’s work on equality and diversity. More details about the award, previous winners and how to nominate someone can be found here.
UKDHM formally takes place between 22 November and 22 December each year, though many events and activities take place outside this time slot. It is supported by more than 100 organisations including the NUT.
The purpose of the UK Disability History Month is:
- To raise awareness of the unequal position of disabled people in society and to advocate disability
- To develop an understanding of the historical routes of this inequality
- To highlight the significance of disabled people’s struggles for equality and the inclusion of the ‘social model’ of disability
UK Disability History Month resources are available from http://ukdisabilityhistorymonth.com/in-education. This year’s theme is ‘War and Impairment’.
Did you know that …
- Although boys have traditionally been more likely than girls to drop out of school before completing secondary education, particularly in high income countries, the proportion of 15-29 year old women (19.1%) in the United Kingdom who are NEET (of which 5.8% are unemployed and 13.2% are inactive) is much larger than that of young men of the same age (13.6%, of which 9.2% are unemployed and 4.3% are inactive)
- The Mental Health Foundation campaigns on issues such as living with schizophrenia, eating disorders and coping with psoriasis.
This bulletin exists to share good ideas and disseminate them around the Union, building their power and impact. These are some of the equality activities that have been organised recently or that are coming up across the Union:
- 15 November 2014 – Hackney Association – Challenging Sexism in Schools
- London Black Teachers’ Network – look out for further information from the London Regional Office
Tell us what you are doing in your region/division/association by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Equality Matters for Officers course – 17 to 19 November 2014 at Stoke Rochford Hall
- Aspiring to Lead – 21 and 22 November 2014 at Stoke Rochford Hall
- Changing Role of the SENCO – 25 November at Stoke Rochford Hall
- SEND Conference – 12/13 March at Stoke Rochford Hall
For more information about the above courses please email email@example.com
Supporting Equality within your School
This new course will provide practical tools to assist teachers in promoting equality and tackling discrimination.
- Reduce prejudice related incidents
- Improve behaviour, safety and pupil attainment
- Ensure your school is meeting the legal duties in eliminating discrimination
- Promote equality and foster good relations
This is an opportunity for teachers to raise concerns in a non-judgemental and supportive environment and will provide knowledge and practical ideas which can be used in your school. After attending this course, teachers will understand the requirements set out under the Equality Act 2010 and Ofsted Framework 2013 and will be ready to embed equality across school policies, practices and the curriculum.
26 November 2014 (follow-up day on 16 March 2015)
NUT Headquarters, London
FREE for NUT members or £150 for non-members
For more information and to book a place http://www.teachers.org.uk/node/21726