The NASUWT offers development courses specifically for Black members, disabled members, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) members, women members, and young members.

The NASUWT is actively seeking to improve the participation of under-represented groups in the running of the Union, and specifically encouraging members within traditionally under-represented groups to become Workplace Representatives and branch activists.

Our development courses are designed to:

  • give a flavour of what it is like to be an NASUWT activist;

  • to identify barriers that exist for young teachers, women, LGBTI, disabled and Black members; and

  • construct action plans both for members and the Union itself to remove those barriers.

The content of the development courses is essentially the same and is only changed periodically. It is therefore only appropriate for members to attend any one of these courses once every three years.

The NASUWT uses the term Black in a political and inclusive sense to describe those who self-identify as African, Caribbean and Asian identities and those with a common and direct history of racism, racist oppression and diminished opportunities in today’s society. This Consultation Conference aims to enable members to engage with the key issues and challenges facing the Union, share experiences, meet other members and shape the future of the Union.