1 April 2018
Commenting after the debate on Motion 41, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:
“Working together to tackle Islamophobia in schools and communities and to safeguard existing rights and protections is Union work. Working to reduce intolerance and to advance LGBT+ rights, is also core to the Union’s efforts to make workplaces safer and society fairer.
“There are increasing numbers of attacks on Muslim families and LGBT+ people, in both the USA and the UK. This has implications for schools and local communities and requires long-term strategies, including anti-racist education and community cohesion projects.
“We need to develop an equitable education system and an approach to education which values the rights and dignity of every child. Developing a fair and equal education system which can counter the systemic inequality and prejudice across society is challenging. It requires a wider vision for education, beyond testing, drilling and cramming. It requires us to challenge the pretence that knowledge alone is the purpose of education and to work to reclaim the promise that education can change society.”