NASUWT Equalities Officers are elected and accredited lay officials of the Union. Each Local Association has been encouraged to create a Local Association Equality Officer position which is elected from the membership. Equality Officers promote and support the equalities agenda within the Local Association. They can also provide information and advice on equalities issues. Equality Officers can be contacted via Local Associations.
The role of the Equality Officer
Below are some key duties of an Equality Officer:
- promoting and supporting the equalities agenda within the Local Association
- working alongside the other officers of the Local Association to bring equalities into the mainstream;
- encouraging members form under-represented groups to become involved in Union activity;
- supporting recruitment and organising of members from under-represented groups;
- promoting equality issues in local campaigns and activities;
- advising on equalities issues affecting members.
News and resources
ETUCE Gender Audit
The NASUWT completed the European TUC Education, gender equality audit in February 2014. The report has recently been published and shows the NASUWT in a very favourable light. The audit highlights the good practice of the union and the quality of campaigning and services.
SERTUC Equality Audit
SERTUC, the TUC in London the Southern and Eastern Region launched the results of their ninth Survey of Equality in Trade Unions in 2012. The document entitled Swimming Against the Tide (new window) looks at the equalities work of unions and the involvement of under-represented groups in trade union activity. The NASUWT continues to contribute to the audit and information on the Union's work is contained within the audit.
TUC Equality Audit
The Equality Audit is a survey of the work and practices of trade unions on equality issues. It covers union structures, policies and services. The first Audit took place in 2003. Since then there have been benchmark audits every two years. The NASUWT is proud to have taken part in all of the audits and has received recognition from the TUC for its pioneering work on equalities. Following the Audit the Union has updated its Equalities Priorities (PDF - 118KB). The Audit for 2014 can be found on the TUC website and can be downloaded from here.
Equalities Matters Newsfeed
The Equalities Matters Newsfeed is a news stream on the latest equalities issues. You can now sign up for a RSS Feed so that you will receive regular equalities news.
CSIE resource - Equality: Making It Happen
The NASUWT is sole sponsor of this excellent Equality toolkit. Produced by the Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE), in consultation with the NASUWT and a number of primary and secondary schools, this is a practical and user-friendly guide that teachers, school leaders and governors will find an invaluable 'go to' resource, providing clear information and giving practical advice and guidance for promoting equality and tackling discrimination in schools and colleges.
You can download more information here.
Training and Support
Equality Officers Training and Development Days
Termly Equality Officers Training and Development Days are held at the NASUWT headquarters to provide training information and advice on a range of equalities issues and developments in legislation, employment law and campaigns. All briefings will take place at Hillscourt Education Centre, Rose Hill, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 8RS.
The last development day took place on Tuesday, 1st March 2016 and included sessions on Forced Marriage, an equality toolkit for use in schools, LGBT- inclusive Sex and Relationship Education as well as a workshop looking at LGBT issues in Primary Schools.
The next development and training day takes place on Wednesday, 6th July 2016. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Organising and information
Gypsy Roma and Traveller History Month
Gypsy Roma and Traveller History Month (GRTHM) was launched in 2008 and GRTHM celebrates the richness that Gypsy, Roma and Travellers communities bring to our everyday lives here in the UK through their many and varied academic and artistic achievements.
Britain’s 300,000 Gypsies, Roma and Travellers have lived, worked and travelled throughout Britain for over 500 years, yet their stories have almost entirely been written out of British history. This has led to widespread ignorance about the traveller community and extreme levels of prejudice and discrimination. Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month aims to raise awareness and explore the history, culture and language of these communities and also tackle the negative stereotyping and prejudices about the communities.
The Inner London Traveller Education Consortium have collected and compiled online resources for schools to use during the month, which are suitable for all phases. Each year there is a national competition for schools.
The Public Sector Equality Duty places specific duties on schools to remove discrimination and to actively promote equality. This duty covers race, which includes people of Gypsy Roma and Traveller of Irish Heritage backgrounds.
- Contact the regional organiser of GRTHM to find out what local activities are taking place. Details on their website here. Get a copy of and advertise the GRTHM teaching resources.
- Invite a speaker from the Traveller Education Support Service to your Local Association meeting.
- Raise awareness amongst School Reps of the Public Sector Equality Duty and the responsibilities of schools.
- Use the month to advertise the NASUWT Black and Minority Ethnic Teachers’ Consultation Conference.
Unite for Quality Education
NASUWT supports Unite for Quality Education, a global campaign by Education International to build 'better education for a better world'. They believe that there are three pillars of quality education. These are the essential elements for a successful global future, support for each of these pillars helps to ensure that quality education remains the basis for a sustainable, peaceful and prosperous future. The three pillars are:
- Quality teachers - the most important educational resource and a critical determinant of quality;
- Quality tools - appropriate curricula and inclusive teaching and learning materials and resources, including ICT and;
- Quality environments - supportive, safe and secure facilities enabling teachers to teach effectively.
Find out more here (new window).