Blair Peach Award 2022 – nominations now open

Criteria for the award

The Blair Peach Award seeks to meet some of the following aims at branch/school/college level:

  • developing effective Union/school/college leadership and a whole branch/school/college approach to equality and diversity;
  • recognising the equality work of ‘ordinary’ members on an ongoing basis;
  • acknowledging and celebrating existing good practice in equality work at branch/school/college level;
  • building on existing equality and diversity work ;
  • supporting and sharing equality and diversity work in all regions and Wales;
  • encouraging innovation and new developments in equality work in schools/colleges and in Union activity;
  • providing a mechanism for celebrating the work of the Union’s equality officers; and
  • showcasing ways in which education staff use the curriculum to promote equality and prevent prejudice, discrimination and stereotypes.

The award will be granted to individual members or groups of members who have made significant and exemplary contributions to LGBT+, race, gender, and/or disability equality in their school/college or branch.

How do I nominate someone?

Let your branch secretary know about the work the member is doing. Branches can then choose to nominate one or more members by completing the nomination form and sending it to

Nominate your local activists and campaigners who are carrying out amazing equalities work and make sure it is shared with others and rightly celebrated.

Nominations close on Monday, 24 January 2022.


Why is it called the Blair Peach Award?

The award is named after the past president of East London NUT who was murdered during an anti-racist demonstration in Southall, London on 23 April 1979.  It was first awarded in 2010.

On the day of his death, Blair Peach was showing solidarity and marching against the presence of the far right National Front. Modern day equivalents to the National Front continue to promote racist and fascist views.  That is why the NEU supports the work of organisations such as HOPE not hate, Unite Against Fascism, Show Racism the Red Card, Kick It Out and the Hamilton Commission.

Blair Peach Award 2021 Winner - Paul Phillips

Paul Phillips, Blair Peach Award winner 2021

Paul Phillips embodies the spirit of the NEU's drive to be an organising and campaigning union that wins on workplace and national issues. Within his school, district and the wider NEU community, Paul has motivated members to taking collective action in defence of their rights to be treated with equality and fairness. 

As the rep at Connaught School for Girls, he has led his members to be actively involved in all equality areas and over a range issues, including support for national and local equality campaigns, such as Black Lives Matter. 

When one of his members was facing disability discrimination and denied adjustments which would keep them at work, Paul, as Rep, led the school membership in taking collective action and won! He’s shared his success and recipe for winning with other District and Branch Officers and at Disabled Members Conference.

Paul has also successfully negotiated a Menopause policy in his school and worked collectively with colleagues to ensure that Black, LGBT+ and Disability History months as well as international women's day are celebrated.  He worked with the local Black Members Officer to run a successful decolonising the curriculum event in Waltham Forest and has been a tireless anti-racist campaigner. 

During Covid Paul has worked locally and in his school to campaign for safe workplaces for all members, with a focus on those at greater risk.