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.