Disabled teachers

The NUT promotes the Social Model of Disability which asks 'what can be done to remove barriers to inclusion?'. The Social Model of Disability is about fitting the job to the worker rather than the worker to the job. We work with disabled teachers and pupils to abolish disablism and discrimination. We have a proud history of representing and supporting disabled teachers and continue to fight for equality for all teachers.

disabled 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?

We know that disabled teachers are more likely than other teachers to face barriers when seeking to enter and remain in the profession. By letting us know that you’re a disabled teacher, we can

  • Find out from you what it’s like to be a disabled teacher and how national and local policies make it easier or harder for you to become or remain a teacher;
  • Share disabled 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 disabled 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.

Disability History Month

Disability History Month

The annual UK Disability History month (UKDHM) celebrates the lives and achievements of disabled people. It is supported by more than 100 organisations, including the NUT. The 2017 theme is ‘Disability and Art’, encouraging the celebration of relationships between art and disability.

Disabled Teachers Conference

Disabled Teachers Conference

Disabled Teachers Conference has now taken place and was a huge success.  Thanks go to all of those involved in delivering such a good event and to the participants whose contributions played such a significant part in that success.  Thank you all.

Plans are already taking shape for next year’s Conference and a date will be announced soon.  In the meantime, if you have anything you might want to raise, or think should be part of the 2018 Disabled Teachers’ Conference then get in touch with you regional Disabled Teachers National Organising Forum representative(s) whose details can be provided by your Regional/Wales Office.  You might also like to join the NEU NUT Section Disabled Teachers Network Facebook page.

HIV in schools

HIV in schools

This clear and practical guidance endorsed and contributed to by the NUT is to be used by schools, to help support children living with or affected by HIV.

The NUT’s Executive Seat Holder’s Report for Disabled Members 2016

The NUT’s Executive Seat Holder’s Report for Disabled Members 2016

The Disabled Teachers’ Executive role encompasses education, advocacy, empowerment, and presence. This report provides an update on their work, including organising Disabled members and work alongside the Disabled Teachers Advisory Committee.

TUC guidance on supporting members with invisible impairments

TUC guidance on supporting members with invisible impairments

The TUC has published a good practice guide for workplace representatives to help them support union members with invisible impairments. It can be downloaded here.

Trade Unions and disabled members: Why the social model matters

Trade Unions and disabled members: Why the social model matters

This briefing invites unions, in compliance with their legal obligations and recognising the practical impact of adopting a social model approach, to continue to develop work with their disabled members to review their practices and policies and to strengthen their commitment to equality.
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