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40 Years of Schools OUT: Tell us your story

 

 

LATEST FROM SCHOOLS OUT

 

REPORTING RACIAL INCIDENTS IN SCHOOLS

 

The BTC is an opportunity for teachers from Black and Minority Ethnic heritage to network and engage with issues affecting them.  This year’s BTC was well attended, with over 115 delegates from local divisions in attendance over the weekend of Friday 7th – Sunday 9th November 2014.  Also in attendance and addressing the Conference were Christine Blower (General Secretary of the NUT) and Max Hyde (President of the NUT).
The BTC this year passed a motion for consideration by the NUT National Conference (Easter 2015). This asks that the NUT support a call for quotas of Black and Minority Ethnic teachers to senior leadership positions in schools; so as to represent better the national population figures, if not those of the school.  The importance of having effective role models in senior positions in school for the aspirations of young BME students cannot be understated here.   Also, the Trade Union Congress has released a ‘charter for racial justice in Education’.  The BTC recommends that the NUT formally adopt this.   It is available at the following link: http://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/Charter_for_Racial_Justice_in_Education_2014_WIP1b.pdf
In addition to the above, a variety of activities take place at the BTC including workshops and keynote speakers.  An informative workshop to note here was on ‘pay and progression’.  The keynote speakers were, Aminul Haqq, Lecturer in Educational Studies at Goldsmiths University, and Jackie Ranger, Head Teacher at John Henry Newman Academy, Oxford; both of whom gave an incredible account of their respective life stories, which were very inspirational.
Other concerns included the need as teachers and education professionals to look globally for ideas and inspirations on how to make better the good work we already do.  With this purpose in mind, the NUT recently made a visit to Finland, which is often recognised for its exceptional education provision.  The NUT has published a document entitled ‘lessons from Finland’ which is available from Bradford NUT Division Treasurer, Miriam Murch (please e-mail her for a copy - miriam@bradfordnut.org).
Finally, in terms of what we can do now to effect changes to the education debate in Britain is to take a practical approach to distributing and discussing the ‘stand up for education’ booklet from the NUT.  As teachers and educational professionals it is our duty to engage the general public in conversation about what is important to us and to the future educational provision of the young people under our duty of care.
A final and necessary democratic action is to take the government survey on workload (when the next one is available).  For further information and links, please see: https://www.teachers.org.uk/edufacts/workload
If you would like to get involved in union activities, please attend the local division meetings, dates of which can be found on our website: http://www.bradfordnut.org/
BTC 2014 Attendees:
Rafiq Kapdi & Imran Arif

 

 

 

Disabled Teachers Conference Saturday 21st June to Sunday 22nd June, London -'Making Schools Inclusive for All'

The above conference is open to all members who define themselves as disabled, which includes mental and physical health conditions.
Disabled teachers include those with stress, cancer, sensory impairment ( visual and auditory, as well as mobility impairment.
The association will pay the conference fee and reimburse travel expenses.

Members can email dtc@nut.org.uk or call 020 7380 4861 for further details.

 

 

 

Pregnancy Discrimination

The TUC is carrying out a short survey about pregnancy discrimination.  The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PregnancyDiscrimination.
They are keen to hear from women who have experienced pregnancy discrimination themselves but we are also keen to hear from union officers, reps, and helpline staff who handle these cases and who may be able to give some insight into the types of cases they deal with, whether the cases are resolved or whether they go to tribunal, whether there has been an increase in these types of cases etc. We would also be interested to hear about any sectors or industries where pregnancy discrimination appears to be a particular problem. 
I would be extremely grateful if you could circulate this link to any other NUT members who you feel may wish to complete the survey.
The timeframe is short as the TUC are aiming to hold an event and campaign publicly on this issue in June. The deadline is Friday 16th May.

Judy Ellerby
Acting Principal Officer Gender Equality
(LGBT, Disability, SEN and Behaviour) 
National Union of Teachers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE GEOFF ROBINSON MEMORIAL FUND AWARD

Could you and your pupils use some funding for a project aimed to promote community cohesion through educational activities undertaken in Bradford District schools?
Bradford NUT will make available up to £1000 for a project of this nature.
Expressions of interest should be received by Friday 28-3-14, with a brief outline of your ideas. The project should be something new, over and above the normal work of the school.
This annual award is in memory of NUT member Geoff Robinson, for his lifelong fight against both racism and fascism.
Please contact Alison Hill, equalities officer at the union office for further details or simply send your application by letter or email to her (alison@bradfordnut.org). 

 

ARE YOU ABLE TO HELP A PHD STUDENT WITH HER THESIS RESEARCH?

Collaboration with PhD Research on gender and education.
I am an International PhD Researcher at the Sociology Department University of Warwick. My thesis is exploring how teachers’ interests, concerns and experiences of gendered inequalities inform their work. I am particularly interested in talking to school teachers (women and men of any level of education) who are committed to challenging gendered inequalities and engaged in any kind of gender/ feminist activism, in order to explore their stories of activism and pedagogical work.
I’m doing my fieldwork in England this academic year 2013-2014. I’m living in Coventry but I can travel to other places to make an interview. If you find you can contribute to my research, please contact me at H.S.Fritz-Horzella@warwick.ac.uk or phone my 07442762105 (mobile number).
If you want to have a reference from my supervisors please contact:
Professor Christina Hughes, C.L.Hughes@warwick.ac.uk
Dr Cath Lambert, Cath.Lambert@warwick.ac.uk
Thank you very much for any help!!
Heidi Fritz
PhD Researcher Women & Gender
Sociology Department
The University of Warwick

 

Disability Awareness Initiative

A new initiative to encourage more teaching staff to take up Disability Awareness is now available in Bradford.

Signs4Life have set up introductory workshops in Disability Awareness to help staff to communicate and engage with their disabled colleagues, service users and clients. This local initiative is to help explore different types of disability, identify disabilities, seek ways to remove barriers and introduce best practise, debate and ask questions, and also to encourage inclusion of all people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities in Bradford .

For further information please contact Fozia on info@signs4life.org.uk

 

Interested in challenging prejudice, particularly homophobia in your school? Fed up of hearing the term ’gay’ used negatively?

Two inspiring women are doing just that!

Elly Barnes, teacher in her school in Stoke  Newington and Suran Dickson through her organisation, Diversity Role Models.

Check out their websites for ideas and inspiration.

http://ellybarnes.com –Elly Barnes website re diversity

Diversity Role Models –tackling homophobia through education- Suran Dicksonsuran@diversityrolemodels.org   www.diversityrolemodels.org  Mob: 07834907508

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TACKLING HOMOPHOBIA AND TRANSPHOBIA IN SPORT

The Government Equalities office has launched a Charter for Action, calling for all those involved in sport to unite to tackle the above.

The Charter aims to increase awareness of the prevalence of both homophobia and transphobia  throughout sport in Britain.

Do encourage colleagues to sign up to the charter, which is supported by the Football Association, The London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Rugby Football League.

Visit http://www.equalities.gov.uk/pdf/FINALcharter.pdf

FIT DVD-CHALLENGING HOMOPHOBIC BULLYING

Brilliant! The best anti-bullying film I’ve ever seen. Should make a real difference’-these are the words of Sir Ian Mckellen about ‘Fit’, and I couldn’t agree more having watched the film.

‘Fit’ is an intelligent, powerful and entertaining film which tackles the issue of homophobic bullying in schools (the second most common form of bullying).

It is an excellent resource, which is part of Stonewall’s Education For All campaign.

The film has been especially created for KS3 and 4 students, particularly complementing various learning objectives for PHSE, Citizenship, Performing Arts and English.

We now have five copies of the film in our office, four of which are available for our members to use with their students.

If you want to borrow a copy, please contact me at our office or email me on Alison@bradfordnut.org  

 

 

EQUALITIES SURVEY

Please would you spend a few minutes having a look at our new equalities survey, which is for all our Bradford NUT colleagues to complete. We are trying to get an overview of the issues facing our members; for it to be representative, we need as many members as possible to complete it. Thank you in advance for your time and effort. 

Please follow the link here Equalities Survey

 

Equalities monitoring in schools

How does your school record and deal with incidents against staff and students involving race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, transgender, religion etc?  Does the reporting form cover all the ‘protected characteristics’ or only some eg race and religion? Do your electronic reporting systems (CMIS for example) specifically have codes for all the ‘protected characteristics’?

The equalities group is trying to build a clear picture about what is happening in our schools; please email me at Alison@bradfordnut.org with what’s happening in your school.

Many thanks.

Alison Hill Equalities Officer 

 

THE GEOFF ROBINSON MEMORIAL FUND AWARD

Could you and your pupils use some funding for a project aimed at promoting community cohesion through educational activities undertaken in Bradford District schools?

Bradford NUT will make available up to £1000 for a project of this nature.

Expressions of interest should be received at the NUT Office with a brief outline of your ideas. The project should be something new, over and above the normal work of the school.

This annual award is in memory of NUT member Geoff Robinson, for his lifelong fight against both racism and fascism.

Please contact Alison Hill, equalities officer at the union office for further details or simply send your application by letter or email to her (alison@bradfordnut.org).