Black and Minority Ethnic Members
Events for BME Members
NASUWT Consultation Conferences
The annual BME Teachers’ Consultation Conferences have proved to be highly successful.
The most recent Conference took place on Saturday the 28th November 2015 at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham. The theme was 'Celebrating diversity, promoting equality and justice' and included workshop sessions on: applying for your first leadership post, assertiveness, flexible working and wellbeing'. Approximately 400 members attended the conference making this the largest gathering of BME teachers in the UK, and our most successful BME conference to date.
Bonnie Greer, renowned playwright and social activist, addressed delegates on the Friday night and spoke of her inspirational teachers and her support of the profession.
Act For Racial Justice
At the Conference, the NASUWT launched its latest campaign 'Act for Racial Justice'. Please download the Conference Declaration for further information.
Further events are afoot so please return to this page for further updates on the campaign. Please join the Twitter page at @4RacialJustice for regular communication and information.
The BME Teachers' Consultation Conference 2016, will be held at the ICC, Birmingham, on Saturday 3rd December, to accommodate the large numbers of delegates.
Development Courses 2016
Please download the 2015 / 16 NASUWT training booklet for further training and courses aimed at wider activism or specifically for BME teachers.
TUC Black Workers' Conference April 15-17 2016
This years conference will be held at the TUC, Congress House, London on the 15th - 17th April 2016. As always, the NASUWT will be sending a full and active delegation. The NASUWT has submitted a motion on 'Racist and Religious Discrimination in Education'. Nominations have closed now for this year's Conference but please contact the 'Equality and Training' team for details about of how to apply next year.
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News and Events
Black History Month
October is Black History Month and has been celebrated across the UK for over 30 years, each year growing from strength to strength. The aim of the month is to recognise significant contributions to society made by people with black heritage and how their history is integral to mainstream narratives.
The origins of Black History Month go back to 1926 when Carter G Woodson, editor of the Journal of Negro History established Negro History Week. Woodson chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans who greatly influenced the lives and social condition of African Americans: former President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
During Black History Month the achievements of the black community are highlighted and celebrated and the hidden history about black communities is uncovered. A wide range of events are held throughout the UK. Black History Month UK (new window) has produced some teacher’s packs for Key Stage 2 and 3.
Leadership aspirations and career paths of BME teachers
Over half of all black and minority ethnic (BME) teachers feel that they have been discriminated against during their careers, according to research from the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK.
The NASUWT now has a programme of seminars and training specifically aimed at school leaders and aspiring school leaders. The next Leadership Seminar is Wednesday 2 March 2016 and will be held at the Hilton Metropole (NEC), Birmingham. To book a place, please call 03330 145550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.