Equality matters

The importance of equality runs through the NUT’s work. It is a key priority of the NUT to ensure that its members have a voice in the Union, in the classroom and in broader society, and do not face barriers to promotion, representation or participation. We believe that all children and young people should have equal access to a good school and an education system which treats staff and pupils fairly.

The NUT deplores racist behaviour of any kind and condemns all forms of racism, prejudice and stereotyping. Racist behaviour must not be legitimised by the result of the EU referendum vote this summer.

Schools need to provide safe spaces for all children and young people, free from racism and negative language or attitudes which lead to bullying. Schools can create a culture and ethos that challenges harmful behaviour and ensures that all parents and pupils are welcome and safe in that school. Schools need to take active steps to counter prejudice, welcome and listen to parents and have a positive approach to every child’s strengths.

We work with other organisations in tackling discrimination and inequality in schools/colleges through whole school and curricular activities and to produce resources to support teachers.

We have a list of equality dates and events, updated throughout the year.

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Please let us know your equality characteristics

Please let us know your equality characteristics

By telling us more about yourself, we can help you become more engaged, informed and involved in the NUT. Simply check and update your details here. You can follow our quick-step-guide . Read more about the equality characteristics that we monitor.

For information on security, see our Data Protection statement at www.teachers.org.uk/privacy 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.

Sexism – are we moving forwards or going back?

Sexism – are we moving forwards or going back?

NUT Teacher Survey launched

The NUT knows that education is about much more than exam results and we want to support the profession to reduce the pressure on girls and boys from sexism and gender stereotypes. We know that it is hard to know how, or when, to challenge sexist language or bullying. That’s why the NUT is starting a project with UK Feminista to develop on-line anti-sexist resources for teachers. We have joined with Warwick University for the first stage of the project to carry out a comprehensive look at the impact of sexism on teachers and young people.

It’s time to challenge sexism-please get involved and complete the survey now.

Breaking the Mould: challenging gender stereotypes

The NUT worked for two years with five primary schools to consider how ‘traditional’ gender stereotypes could be challenged in nursery and primary classrooms. We have published a series of resources, which are available here.

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The School Census

The School Census

Schools are being asked to collect information about the nationality and country of birth of pupils for the first time in this year's census form. This is causing a great deal of anxiety to both parents and schools, who are concerned about the uses to which such information may be put. The School Census 2016/17 guidance provides school groups with a tool for requesting that their school adopts a policy statement of fair processing.

Challenging racism

Challenging racism

The NUT has a series of resources available to support schools and teachers to challenge racism, including some produced in partnership with the Show Racism the Red Card, the campaign that uses top footballers to educate against racism.

Education and Extremism – guidance on Prevent

Education and Extremism – guidance on Prevent

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This advice and guidance on the Prevent strategy for members in England and Wales includes practical suggestions about steps that you can take in your school/college towards discussing difficult, complex or controversial issues openly and safely.

It also includes information about the Prevent duty statutory guidance, school inspection and useful resources for teachers.

Welcoming Refugee Children to Your School

As a response to the refugee crisis the NUT has created a hub for refugee teaching resources, booklists for primary and secondary teachers and useful websites which have been developed, used and shared by teachers for teachers.
The Welcoming Refugee Children to Your School guide provides information about ways in which you can create a refugee-friendly school, make an accessible curriculum and think about some principles of effective practice.

Government sets out status of EU nationals in the UK

Government sets out status of EU nationals in the UK

On 11 July 2016 the Government published a statement on the status of EU nationals in the UK, which may be read here.

The NUT will continue to monitor the Government’s plans in relation to both EU and non-EU citizens already working as teachers in the UK and will keep affected members informed, as appropriate.

£35K Earnings threshold for non-EU citizens settling in the UK

£35K Earnings threshold for non-EU citizens settling in the UK

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, says that from April 2016 teachers from outside the EU who have stayed here as Tier 2 visa holders since 6 April 2011 must leave the country after 6 years unless they are earning at least £35,000 or are on the shortage occupation list (i.e. Maths/Science secondary school teachers).

The NUT wants the Government to rethink its policy, particularly in the light of the teacher shortage crisis.

What you can do to help:

Ask your MP to raise the issue in Parliament and with the Home Secretary.

Why Trans Teachers Matter

Why Trans Teachers Matter

The NUT’s Why Trans Teachers Matter leaflet celebrates the importance of supporting transgender pupils and staff and challenging the attitudes which generate transphobia in schools.

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