Black teachers

The NUT uses the term 'Black' in a political context to encompass all members who self-identify as Black or Asian and all other minority ethnic groups who do not identify themselves as white. 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. We support teachers and pupils to eliminate attitudes which generate racism and discrimination across all areas of school life including policies and procedures, curriculum and the training opportunities that schools offer their employees.

Current structures in the NUT 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; and the Advisory Committee for African, African-Caribbean and Asian Heritage.

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black teachers

Please let us know your equality characteristics

Please let us know your equality characteristics

What is equality monitoring?

Equality monitoring is what organisations do when they want to know which ‘protected characteristics’ people in the organisation have.

What are protected characteristics?

Protected characteristics include age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Everyone has protected characteristics.

Why does the NUT want to know what my protected characteristics are?

Black teachers experience racism in the education system. We know for instance that Black teachers have less access to promotion and leadership roles and are also disadvantaged in relation to pay progression. By letting us know that you’re a Black teacher, we can

  • Find out from you what it’s like to be a Black teacher and how national and local policies make it easier or harder for you to become or remain a teacher;
  • Share Black teachers’ experiences with policy makers;
  • Organise the Union’s structures to better suit your needs;
  • Invite you to Union events we believe you would be interested in attending;
  • Involve you in campaigns and activities that will have a positive impact on your working life; and
  • Ensure you don’t miss the chance to vote in the Black member constituency seat elections for the National Executive.

So what do I do next?

Simply check and update your details here. You can follow our quick-step-guide.

Where can I find out more?

Read more about the equality characteristics that we monitor. For information on security, see our Data Protection statement here. As well as helping us to target appropriate materials to you, the data will feed into anonymous statistical reports which help us identify barriers to participation in our structures. Information that you provide us will remain strictly confidential.

NUT Black Teachers’ Conference

NUT Black Teachers’ Conference

The NUT Black Teachers' Conference is an annual event that allows the Union’s Black members to discuss and address issues of race equality, education, and the workplace. The Conference plays an integral role in ensuring that the Union’s work is in the interest of its Black members and all Black teachers. Click here for a report on 2015 conference.

Daniel Kebede – Black member rep on NUT Executive

London Black teachers network

London Black teachers network

Black teachers in London have recently launched an NUT network to help members achieve change and make an impact. View a short video of the launch here, including speaker David Lammy MP. If you would like to to start a Black teachers’ network in your area, email

South-West South Wales Black Teachers' Network

South-West South Wales Black Teachers' Network

Black teachers in the South-West and South Wales have recently launched an NUT network to help members achieve change and make an impact. 

The SWSWBTN aims to:

  • raise the profile of Black teachers and education professionals in schools;
  • invest in awareness of the Black community in education;
  • support all who work in education dealing with Racism and Islamophobia;
  • develop connections and networks with education and community organisations and promote them in schools; and
  • invest in promoting ways to encourage teachers to identify politically with the term Black.

For more information about the network, please contact Malcolm Richards at or Nina Franklin, South West Regional Officer at

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