Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the NEU, said:

“Despite the increased attention given to racism over the last two years, and the reviews triggered in many organisations by Black Lives Matter, Black teachers continue to face discrimination in their place of work. They are more likely not to get pay progression, to have their competency questioned, and to face stereotypes about their fitness for leader posts. 

“Members have indicated some concerns about adequate support within the union when they have a case, and the union cannot be complacent. We have already undertaken a review of systems and procedures and will be monitoring their effect. We are reviewing union training for all officials to ensure they are appropriately trained to develop consistency in dealing with cases of discrimination and this project is already underway. We need to both protect union members when and where issues arise in their workplace, and try to prevent issues arising through better policy, training and fair cultures.

“There are hills to climb in England in terms of achieving a diverse and representative teaching workforce, which will play a vital part in giving young people the right messages. The Government’s persistent failure to address recruitment and retention targets over many years, is a clear demonstration that there is much work still to be done.”  


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