Black Teachers' Consultation Conference

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Due to the ongoing situation with Covid, we have decided to move the 2022 Black Teachers’ Consultation Conference from January to May 2022, in the hope that we will be able to enjoy a physical rather than an online event.

The date for the 2022 Black Teachers’ event is Saturday 21 May which we are hoping to host at Hilton Metropole, Birmingham.

A poster is available to download on the right/below.

2021 Consultation Conference

More than 450 teachers joined us for the 2021 Black Teachers’ Consultation Conference, which was held virtually on Saturday 23 January.

Highlights from our Black Teachers’ Consultation Conference 2021

NASUWT Black Teachers’ Consultation Conference Saturday 23 January 2021 - Why anti-racism and Black Lives Matter

‘We, it’s we the people. That means all of us, women and men, gay and straight, transgender, non-binary, black, white, brown, indigenous, differently abled! It means we, all of us have the right to pursue happiness, to be fully human and we know that the moral arc of the universe doesn’t bend on its own. We have to bend it towards justice!’

Becky Pringle, President of the National Education Association, USA (NEA). NASUWT BTCC 2021.

On Saturday 23 January, Michelle Codrington-Rogers, the first Black President of the NASUWT, welcomed over 450 black teachers to the first virtual Black Teachers’ Consultation Conference.

From the call to arms of Becky Pringle, President of America’s NEA, to the passionate speech from Halima Begum, CEO of Runnymede, the event was a resounding success.

There is widespread concern about racial disparities throughout all areas of social, economic and political life and, today, there are concerns about how racial disparities are being played out in terms of Covid-19 deaths and the use of stop and search powers during the coronavirus emergency.

Schools can and should be supported in fostering a culture of equality among the pupils they teach. This work should start in the classroom by ensuring that all children follow a curriculum which is inclusive and which reflects both the lived experiences of all pupils and provides them with an understanding of the history, culture and thinking of all societies and peoples. And, if we believe that race matters, then this entitlement should apply to every child irrespective of where they are educated.

A National Curriculum that applies to every school and that reflects the lives and experiences of all communities across the UK and beyond is essential.

You told us:

  • 28% of Black teachers stated that racism had got worse since Covid-19;

  • 52% of those polled stated they were very worried about the full reopening of their school/college;

  • 64% of black teachers stated they did not think their employers had done enough to address the specific and increased risk that Black and minority ethnic (BME) staff face from Covid-19;

  • 71% of Black teachers polled have not had, or are unsure whether they have had, an individual or workplace risk assessment that took into account their ethnicity as an increased risk factor;

  • 29% of teachers polled would like NASUWT meetings and events exclusively for Black members to meet and discuss issues;

  • 16% of teachers polled would like dedicated representatives to support Black members; and

  • 14% of Black teachers would like to see dedicated training for activists on identifying race discrimination.

The NASUWT uses the term Black in a political and inclusive sense to describe those who self-identify as African, Caribbean and Asian and those with a common and direct history of racism, racist oppression and diminished opportunities in today’s society. For the avoidance of doubt, this includes ALL members who have identified as Black, Asian or ethnic minority on their equality monitoring forms.

Inspirational quotes from attendees of the 2021 Black Teachers’ Consultation Conference:

  • Today has genuinely been amazing, I would go as far as saying life-changing - at one point I was in tears of both catharsis, but I also felt joy to see such inspiring, motivating and passionate delivery. Thank you for such inspiring content and an excellent programme.

  • The NASUWT ensures that this safe space is provided for Black (in the political sense) members. This is so important. In this current climate, it is so beneficial to have spent time with my fellow sisters and brothers to support, network, engage and uplift each other.

  • NASUWT - use your power. Don’t knock on the door, walk through it.

  • Inspiration and support - confirmation that I am not alone and my thoughts and feelings have been legitimised.

  • I feel inspired. There is work to do and I must play my part.

  • That I am not alone in having struggled through the real sting of institutional racism.

  • Really encouraging. Especially lovely to see so many inspirational Black women.

For future events, please see our Being Involved pages where you will find a host of conferences and seminars that are available to get involved with both nationally and regionally. Attending one of our events will give you a chance to share experiences, meet other members and feel safe in an inclusive environment.

If you have any questions, please email our Conferences and Events Team.