Equality, tolerance and respect are integral to a strong, prosperous and civilised society.

The NASUWT actively opposes all forms of harassment, prejudice and unfair discrimination whether on the grounds of sex, gender identity, race, ethnic or national origin, religion, class, colour, caring responsibilities, marital status, sexuality, disability, age, or other status or personal characteristic.

The NASUWT is committed to challenging discrimination, inequality and intolerance and recognises that schools/colleges play an essential role in this work.

The NASUWT has a diverse membership of women, men, disabled, black and minority ethnic, old and young, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) teachers, and teachers with different religions/beliefs.

The Union is committed to promoting equality for all of its members in order to achieve equal and fair treatment at work. Equality is at the heart of everything that the Union does. An injustice to one is an injustice to all.

Equality and under-representation

The Union’s equality structures closely mirror those of the TUC and reflect the diversity of both our membership and the UK workforce as a whole.

The five main strands of the NASUWT’s equality groups are members who are:

  • Black and Minority Ethnic (BME);
  • Disabled;
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI);
  • Women; and
  • Young. 

These are the groups which are under-represented as activists within the lay structure of the Union.

The NASUWT also has a programme of training courses and events specifically tailored for these groups.