Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the NEU, said:

The NEU Anti-Racist Framework, published first in 2020, was today officially presented at the first NEU in-person conference for three years. 

The Framework concentrates on five themes: Leadership, Teaching and Learning, Voice and Power, Wellbeing and Belonging, and Community.  

Since its publication staff and members, working jointly together, have delivered approximately 50 training sessions for over 2,000 people. Twenty regional staff and 40 activists have been trained to deliver anti-racist framework education. 

Jennifer Christopher, Winner of the 2021 The Anti-Racist Framework award, spoke of her work in the North West saying that the design of the Framework had been particularly helpful with a whole school approach to anti-racism. It helps staff explore ideas around race equality and plan how to tackle racism with children, young people and colleagues.

NEU President Daniel Kebede said: “Listening to the experiences of racism from 1,000 Black teachers, led to the idea of the anti-racist framework. An 18-month process of consultation, drafting, rewriting and piloting resulted in the publication of the Framework in June 2020.  We are so proud to have the seven times Formula One world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton (1) supporting our framework. And we continue to work with Mission 44 – his project team – to help achieve our ambition that the framework reaches and is used by all schools and colleges by 2025.” 

Denise Henry, NEU Executive member elected by Black members, said: “The great thing about the Framework is that it is designed to start conversations around race and develop racial literacy and anti-racism in schools and colleges.  The Framework is one of a range of programmes by the NEU on Race equality. The focus is also on initial teacher education; curriculum review; exclusions and Islamophobia. I’m proud to be helping with the rollout – it’s important that all members contribute, not just Black staff, so that all our children grow as anti-racists in our ever-growing interconnected world.”

Editor’s Note

  1. In 2021 the Hamilton Commission, on which the NEU was represented published their report ‘Accelerating Change’. One of the recommendations was that all schools and colleges be recommended to use the NEU Anti-Racist Framework.   

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