Race Equality

The NUT opposes racism in all its forms and is involved in a range of campaigns and initiatives working to improve equality for members and students. Find out more about the national work of the Union here. We work to influence policies at school, local and national levels relating to both working conditions and rights for our members and for the young people we work with. We work with other unions and organisations who share our aims.

East London Teachers’ Association has a proud tradition of challenging racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia and fascism and a commitment to fighting for equality for all members is central to the work we do.

ELTA is keen to increase the involvement and activity of Black and minority ethnic members in the work of the Union. We also want to ensure that BAME members are not being discriminated against.

Recent events have seen a rise in antisemitic and Islamophobic attacks and abuse. There is also some concern about Prevent & Channel. The Union has produced this guidance on Education and Extremism.

The Union has also produced advice on teaching about Conflict in the Middle East

You can find useful other useful resources and research here

ELTA Black Teachers’ Officer: Francoise Moore

Please contact us if you would like to get more involved or would like some advice secretary@east-london.nut.org.uk

London NEU Black Teachers’ Network

The aim of the network is to:

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  • Increase the voice of Black teachers on issues in the union
  • Strengthen the debate using their influence
  • Make education the best for teachers and pupils in London
  • Enhance Black teachers professionally and personally
  • Create social and networking opportunities

Read more about the network in this London NUT Black Teachers flyer which can be downloaded and shared in schools and at union meetings.

For more details contact: Betty Joseph c/o The NUT Office, South London Science & Technology Centre, Wilson Road, SE5 8PD, 0207 740 6848


You can watch a video of the launch here

You can find the network on Facebook

You can follow the network on Twitter @NUT_LBTN

NEU Black Teachers’ Conference

The Black Teachers’ Conference is an annual event that allows the Union’s Black members to discuss and address issues of race equality, education, and the workplace. The Conference plays an integral role in ensuring that the Union’s work is in the interest of its Black members and all Black teachers.

The NUT uses the term ‘Black’ in a political context to encompass all members who self-identify as Black or Asian and all other minority ethnic groups who do not identify themselves as White.

Venue and accommodation
The Black Teachers’ Conference takes place at Stoke Rochford Hall, the Union’s national training centre in Grantham, Lincolnshire. Delegates stay for two nights at Stoke Rochford Hall or at a highly regarded local hotel on a full board basis.

If you are interested in attending, please download and complete an application form here and then contact secretary@east-london.nut.org.uk

TUC Black Workers

The TUC campaigns against racial discrimination, institutional racism and for race equality for Black workers at work and in society. The TUC uses the term Black worker as a political description of workers  who are viewed and treated as culturally and intellectually inferior because they are perceived to be non white and who often share  a common history of  oppression and exploitation through colonialism  and imperialism.

The TUC’s work on campaigning for race equality has been guided by the TUC Race Relations Committee which was established in 1985 and by the annual TUC Black workers conference which first met in 1988.

Following the tragic death of Stephen Lawrence in 1993, the subsequent successful campaign supported by the TUC for an inquiry into his death, and the publication of Sir William Macpherson’s Stephen Lawrence Inquiry report in 1999, the TUC set up its own Task Group in 2000. The Task Group’s work was an extension of the priority given by the General Council to race issues, As a result of the task group’s work the TUC constitution was changed in 2001 making it a condition of membership that unions fight and promote equality.

Advice and information

The TUC publishes guidance for trade unions on tackling racism in the workplace taking into account recent legal changes and current good practice,

There are now Black workers groups within all major UK trade unions; members should visit their union’s website for further information. In addition, regional trade union Black Workers Committees or networks function in most of the TUC regions and in Wales.

The TUC also publishes Black Matters a newsletter bringing you news on issues about black workers and employment. Subscribe here.

You can find recent TUC information and materials on the work of the TUC in the following areas:

– Black Workers and the Labour Market
– Campaigns
Black Workers Conference

Other Links

Anti-Racist Teaching Resources

Black History Month

Tell Mama