Blair Peach award

The Blair Peach Award is given to an NEU member who has made an exemplary contribution to their school or union branch’s work in any area of equality and diversity

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.  The reason the NEU supports the work of organisations such as HOPE not hateUnite Against FascismShow Racism the Red CardKick It Out and the Hamilton Commission.

The award will take the form of a certificate signed by the general secretaries.

All lay members are eligible for the award with the exception of paid officials or staff of the union and executive members.

Criteria for the Blair Peach award

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

  • developing effective union/school leadership and a whole division/school approach to equality and diversity;
  • acknowledging and celebrating existing good practices in equality work at district/branch/school level;
  • building on existing equality and diversity work in districts/branches and schools;
  • supporting and sharing equality and diversity work in all regions and Wales;
  • encouraging innovation and new developments in equality work in schools and in union activity;
  • providing a mechanism for celebrating the work of the union’s equality officers; and
  • showcasing ways in which teachers use thurriculum to promote equality and prevent prejudice, discrimination and stereotypes.

The Awards Panels will give particular consideration to nominations which demonstrate innovation and initiatives in promoting equality and diversity in a school or division/association.

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 or division.

What could be included

Exemplary contributions to a district/branch/school could include increasing participation and representation of LGBT+, black, women or disabled members, for example through the integration of equality perspectives into casework; increased accessibility or equality monitoring; or the development of new equality-specific district and branch/school such as for the Anti-Racist Framework, LGBT+ History Month, the It’s Not OK-Preventing Sexual Harassment Toolkit or the Disability Equality Toolkit.

Further exemplary contributions to a school could be evaluated on the basis of the impact on pupils, teachers, and other members of the school community. These may have occurred in conjunction with pre-existing initiatives such as for example, International Women’s Day or Holocaust Memorial Day or the development of school equality strategies or projects. 

The contribution should have made a significant impact in reshaping or adding new elements to pre-existing initiatives in order to be considered for the award.

How to nominate a member

If you wish to nominate someone for their exemplary work in the area of equality, contact your local district/branch secretary.

The award is presented to a member who demonstrates exemplary work in the field of equality. 

Nominations must be made by branches/districts by completing the nomination form. The Closing date for nominations is Friday 19, January 2024.

Nomination form

2023 winner : Ivy Scott wins Blair Peach award 

Ivy Scott
Photo © Ben Broomfield

AS the officer for post-16 and equalities at Ipswich and south Suffolk NEU, and officer on the Black organising forum for the eastern region, Ivy Scott was described as a “brilliant” candidate for the Blair Peach award.

With decades of experience working in the equalities field, Ivy’s achievements include organising a national Zoom during Covid, as well as a decolonising conference for more than 80 educators in the eastern region in 2021, and compiling The Mountains We Climb: writings by Black educators, in 2021.

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