It is a key priority of the NUT to ensure that its black teachers have a voice in the Union, in the classroom, and in broader society, and do not face barriers to promotion, representation or participation.
Within the NUT, the term 'black' refers to all teachers who face racism, including those identified on the National Census as Black or Black British, Asian or British Asian, Chinese, or other minority ethnic groups. Black is a political term to promote solidarity among people who face racism in society.
The NUT believes that combating racism is work for all of us, not just those of us who are affected by it directly. The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry and other incidents have made clear that widespread institutional discrimination must be addressed directly.
The NUT has been working on promoting race equality in education for over 40 years. In 1990 Annual Conference agreed a Memorandum on Black Teachers, which covered the NUT's role in involving and protecting black teachers and set out strategies for attracting more black teachers into the profession and improving their career prospects.
Current structures in the NUT that ensure that black members are able to participate include: the Constituency Seat for Black Members on the NUT's National Executive; the Black Teachers' Conference; the Black Teachers' Conference Steering Group; and the Advisory Committee for Equal Opportunities (Race).
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To visit a useful website for black teachers to network go to http://www.blackteachers.org/