NEU members are working hard to make education accessible and inclusive where they work. We want a vision of education for the UK with equity and social justice at its heart. The NEU is a trade union which campaigns against inequality and prejudice. We publish teaching resources on different aspects of inequality; we commission research; and we publish practical guidance for NEU members about how to challenge the assumptions, ideas and stereotypes that lead to patterns of discrimination. Stereotypes stop children and young people doing things- check out our current publications, packed with ideas on how to use education to break the moulds that hold us back. 

You can also browse the A-Z of our advice and guidance including all our advice on equalities, or take a look at the top five questions asked by members to our Advice Line.

Equality groups

  • Female teacher planning a lesson
    Black educators

    Structural barriers such as racism, including assumptions about capabilities based on racial/ethnic stereotypes, are every day experiences for Black educators.

  • People holding LGBTQ flag
    LGBT+ equality

    LGBT+ education professionals, pupils and families are vital members of all nursery, school and college communities and of our union.

  • Disabled woman in a wheelchair
    Disability

    The NEU works with disabled education professionals and pupils to abolish disablism and discrimination.

Resources

  • Every Child, Every Family cover
    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.

  • Advice Pride - GRA demonstration
    Equality toolkit

    This toolkit is aimed at school representatives, teacher governors and NEU officers to use to promote good policies and practices in schools and colleges.

  • Advice People holding LGBTQ flag
    Trans educators toolkit

    The NEU Trans Equality Toolkit provides information for education staff on transitioning in school/college.

Age and race

  • Advice Senior teacher in group discussion
    Age discrimination

    Who is protected from age discrimination and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.

  • Advice Woman protestor with megaphone
    Race discrimination

    The legal definitions of race discrimination, who is protected, and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.

Disability

  • Advice Dave, Louise and Katie. @Kois Miah
    Disability harassment

    The legal definition of harassment on grounds of disability, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you are being subjected to such harassment.

  • Advice Teacher reading to a boy in a wheelchair
    Disability discrimination

    The legal definition of disability discrimination, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.

Gender and women

  • Advice Transgender flag white blue pink from multi-colored chalks
    Transgender discrimination

    Who is protected from transgender discrimination, and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.

  • Advice NEU pride flag and bus
    Sexual orientation discrimination

    Who is protected from sexual orientation discrimination, and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.

  • Advice Teacher And Pupil In School Computer Class
    It's just everywhere - sexism in schools

    The results of UK Feminista and NEU’s groundbreaking study are clear: schools, education bodies and Government must take urgent action to tackle sexism in schools.

  • Advice Teenager on mobile phone
    Sexual harassment

    Who is protected from sexual harassment and the first steps you should take if you think you are being subjected to such harassment.

  • Older female teacher
    Menopause

    Advice on working through the menopause, guides and checklists for leaders and school reps and the NEU's model menopause policy.

  • Advice stressed woman
    Sex discrimination

    The legal definitions of sex discrimination, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.

  • Advice LGBT+ Black Pride
    LGBT+ inclusion: LGBT+ members

    It is often the most unpleasant voices that we hear the loudest and whether you are out at work or not, it can be extremely isolating being a lone LGBT+ staff member.

  • Advice Graphic of Coronavirus for general pages
    Domestic violence and coronavirus

    The outbreak of Covid- 19 leaves many women and girls in vulnerable and unsafe situations. Services to support women and girls remain open during this difficult time.

Religion

  • Advice Orthodox jews
    Religion or belief harassment

    Who is protected from religion or belief harassment and the first steps you should take if you think you are being subjected to such harassment.

  • Advice School Direct workshop
    Religion or belief discrimination

    Who is protected from discrimination on grounds of religion or belief and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.

All equality advice by topic tag

Can't find what you're looking for above? Browse all our equality content, ordered by topic tag. As pages can have more than one topic tag, they can also appear more than once in the list below.

  • The outbreak of Covid- 19 leaves many women and girls in vulnerable and unsafe situations. Services to support women and girls remain open during this difficult time.

  • The use of verbal abuse as a form of bullying of disabled children and young people is widespread. This has a significant negative impact on self-esteem and achievement.
  • Who is protected from harassment on grounds of age and the first steps you should take if you think you are being subjected to such harassment.
  • The legal definition of harassment on grounds of disability, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you are being subjected to such harassment.

  • The use of verbal abuse as a form of bullying of disabled children and young people is widespread. This has a significant negative impact on self-esteem and achievement.
  • The legal definition of disability discrimination, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • The legal definition of harassment on grounds of disability, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you are being subjected to such harassment.
  • The Equality Act 2010 requires employers to make reasonable adjustments to premises or working practices to ensure that employees are not disadvantaged because of their disability.

  • The use of verbal abuse as a form of bullying of disabled children and young people is widespread. This has a significant negative impact on self-esteem and achievement.
  • Who is protected from age discrimination and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • Who is protected from harassment on grounds of age and the first steps you should take if you think you are being subjected to such harassment.
  • The legal definition of disability discrimination, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • The legal definition of harassment on grounds of disability, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you are being subjected to such harassment.
  • This toolkit is aimed at school representatives, teacher governors and NEU officers to use to promote good policies and practices in schools and colleges.
  • Education has a key role to play in countering the international, national and local climate of Islamophobia.

  • The results of UK Feminista and NEU’s groundbreaking study are clear: schools, education bodies and Government must take urgent action to tackle sexism in schools. "It's just everywhere" is a study on sexism in schools and how we tackle it.

  • The legal definitions of pregnancy and maternity discrimination, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • The legal definitions of race discrimination, who is protected, and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • The legal definition of racial harassment, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you are being subjected to racial harassment.
  • Who is protected from discrimination on grounds of religion or belief and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • Who is protected from religion or belief harassment and the first steps you should take if you think you are being subjected to such harassment.
  • The legal definitions of sex discrimination, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • Who is protected from sexual harassment and the first steps you should take if you think you are being subjected to such harassment.
  • Who is protected from sexual orientation discrimination, and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • Who is protected from harassment on grounds of sexual orientation, and the first steps you should take if you think you have been harassed at work.
  • Trade union victimisation, who is protected from it and the first steps you should take if you think you have been victimised at work.
  • Who is protected from transgender discrimination, and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • Who is protected from harassment on grounds of transgender status,and the first steps you should take if you think you have been harassed at work.

  • The purpose of this guidance is to suggest practical ways in which the school and college environment can be improved for women who are going through the menopause.

  • It is often the most unpleasant voices that we hear the loudest and whether you are out at work or not, it can be extremely isolating being a lone LGBT+ staff member.
  • LGBT+ inclusion involves reviewing the curriculum and lesson plans across all subjects to eliminate heteronormative bias, and ensure sexual orientations and gender identities are represented.

  • Every school and district should be having a conversation about LGBT+ inclusion.
  • Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) will be changing for schools in England from September 2020.

  • Who is protected from sexual orientation discrimination, and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • Who is protected from harassment on grounds of sexual orientation, and the first steps you should take if you think you have been harassed at work.
  • In the last few years there has been much work done, raising awareness and increasing the visibility of transgender issues. This advice aims to helps school and college staff support gender variant or questioning students in the educational environment.

  • The NEU Trans Equality Toolkit provides information for education staff on transitioning in school/college.

  • The legal definitions of pregnancy and maternity discrimination, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.

  • The purpose of this guidance is to suggest practical ways in which the school and college environment can be improved for women who are going through the menopause.

  • The legal definitions of race discrimination, who is protected, and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • The legal definition of racial harassment, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you are being subjected to racial harassment.

  • Education has a key role to play in countering the international, national and local climate of Islamophobia.

  • Who is protected from discrimination on grounds of religion or belief and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • Who is protected from religion or belief harassment and the first steps you should take if you think you are being subjected to such harassment.

  • The Equality Act 2010 requires employers to make reasonable adjustments to premises or working practices to ensure that employees are not disadvantaged because of their disability.

  • The campaign for equal pay has a long history; one which is still ongoing.
  • The results of UK Feminista and NEU’s groundbreaking study are clear: schools, education bodies and Government must take urgent action to tackle sexism in schools. "It's just everywhere" is a study on sexism in schools and how we tackle it.

  • The legal definitions of sex discrimination, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • Who is protected from sexual harassment and the first steps you should take if you think you are being subjected to such harassment.

  • Trade union victimisation, who is protected from it and the first steps you should take if you think you have been victimised at work.

  • In the last few years there has been much work done, raising awareness and increasing the visibility of transgender issues. This advice aims to helps school and college staff support gender variant or questioning students in the educational environment.

  • The NEU Trans Equality Toolkit provides information for education staff on transitioning in school/college.

  • Who is protected from transgender discrimination, and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • Who is protected from harassment on grounds of transgender status,and the first steps you should take if you think you have been harassed at work.

  • The outbreak of Covid- 19 leaves many women and girls in vulnerable and unsafe situations. Services to support women and girls remain open during this difficult time.
  • The campaign for equal pay has a long history; one which is still ongoing.
  • The results of UK Feminista and NEU’s groundbreaking study are clear: schools, education bodies and Government must take urgent action to tackle sexism in schools. "It's just everywhere" is a study on sexism in schools and how we tackle it.

  • The legal definitions of pregnancy and maternity discrimination, who is protected and the first steps you should take if you think you have been discriminated against at work.
  • The right to vote was a hard-won milestone in the battle for equality
  • The NEU is concerned about how poverty disproportionately affects women.
  • The purpose of this guidance is to suggest practical ways in which the school and college environment can be improved for women who are going through the menopause.