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.

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.

Black Teachers’ conference

Date: 3 – 5 November 2017
Venue: Birmingham Conference & Events Centre, Hill Street, Birmingham B5 4EW

Please complete your on-line form here or contact Sam Makinde for further information.

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’ Conference 2017

Date: Saturday 14 October 2017 – Time; 10.30am to 16.30pm
Venue: NUT Headquarters, Mabledon Place, London WC1 9BD

It is an opportunity to meet and network with other disabled teachers from across England and Wales.
Please complete your on-line form here or contact Sam Makinde for further information.

LGBT+ teachers

The NUT believes that schools should be places where diversity does not mean discrimination and where the dignity of all individuals is respected. We have succeeded in using the law to protect LGBT+ teachers from discrimination, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia at school.

Women’s March Against Trump, Saturday 20 May

The NUT is supporting the Women’s March against Trump in Birmingham.  The march is being led by Abortion Rights to challenge the anti-choice fraternity organising its own for ‘Life’ march in the centre of Birmingham on the same day as well as to challenge all forms of misogyny and sexism galvanised by Trump’s election. For more information about the march and how you can get involved please visit Abortion Rights.

Dates for your diary

April29-30 LGBT+ Conference – Nottingham
MayPride Festivals
17 International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
JunePride Festivals
1 Women Chainmakers’ Festival – Cradley Heath
8 London Pride Parade
22 Newcastle Pride
29/30 Liverpool Pride
AugustPride Festivals
5 Brighton Pride 
25 Manchester Pride
Liverpool Pride (date TBC)
October3-5 NUT Black Teachers’ Conference
14-18 Anti- Bullying Week
22 UK Disability History Month starts
25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
UK Disability History Month (ends 22 December)
3 International Day of Disabled People
10 UN Human Rights Day



Thu 28 September 2017

18:30 – 21:00 BST

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For LGBT members: Pride Events

UK Leather Event – Old Market Quarter, Bristol 6th – 8th October 2017 For more information visit www.pinkuk.com/events/uk-leather-pride-2017

Bolton Pride 29th September to 2nd October 2017 For more information visit www.pinkuk.com/events/bolton-pride-2017

Need help, advice,or support?

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Tel: 0203 0066 266
Email: nutadviceline@nut.org.uk

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