Sex and gender equality

Gender equality is not only a human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable workplace.

Advice and guidance

Family photo

Family rights

Teachers and support staff rights to time off to deal with family-related issues, from child birth to a death in the family.

Woman looking anxious

Sex discrimination

All teachers and educational professionals have specific protection from discrimination at work on grounds of sex, marriage, civil partnership, pregnancy, maternity and transgender status, and to equal pay under the Equality Act 2010.


Pregnant early years teacher

Being pregnant at work

The rights of pregnant teachers and support staff - to privacy and dignity at work, individual risk assessments, safe and fair working arrangements.

Breastfeeding woman

Breastfeeding women at work

How to help secure safety, privacy, dignity and equity for women who are breastfeeding on return to work from maternity leave.


Teaching resources

Child's drawing

Breaking the Mould

The NEU worked with five primary schools over two years to consider how ‘traditional’ gender stereotypes could be challenged in nursery and primary classrooms.

 Mary Macarthur speaking to a crowd during the 1910 Cradley Heath women chainmakers' strike

Women Chainmakers

If ever there was a moment in time to evaluate the progress made towards gender equality, that moment is now.

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