Equality Matters - 14th September

Created on: 14 Sep 2021 | Last modified: 19 Nov 2021

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Equality in Recovery and Beyond

30th September 4pm - 6.30pm

This webinar marks the beginning of the EIS’s equality related learning programme for 2021-22, which intends to increase the confidence of EIS members in relation to equality matters, equipping them with practical tools to push forward on equality in their workplaces.  The webinar will explicitly focus on intersectionality, and encourage reflection on how equality can be embedded in education recovery.

Equality in Focus: Understanding and Addressing Racial Trauma in the Workplace

5th October 4pm - 6.30pm

This online webinar will build on themes arising from the previous EIS equality learning focus on anti-racism, and consider in particular the mental health impact of racism on adults, and discuss how this may manifest in the workplace. Participants will be supported to reflect on theories of trauma, and strengthen their understanding of the relationship between continuous trauma and health.

Equality in Focus: Mobilising for Anti-racism at Work

27th October 4pm - 6.30pm

This workshop will utilise the EIS resource Mobilising for Anti-racism at Work, developed as part of previous EIS equality learning focus on anti-racism, to facilitate discussion amongst members regarding how they may take anti-racism forward in their workplaces.

How to teach Black History: Seeking member contributions for online piece

For Black History Month 2020, two EIS members shared their perspectives on Black Lives Matter, anti-racist education, and the usefulness of commemorative history months. This year, we would like to take the opportunity to seek member contributions and opinions around the topic of “How to Teach Black History”.

Members are invited to submit their contributions, up to 250 words in length, or, up to a 30 second video recording of themselves reflecting on the topic, sharing a good practice example or any resources or links.

Contributions can be submitted via email to John Harris by 15th October and may be featured online on EIS’s website and in the SEJ. Please indicate in your submission whether you are happy for your name to be included.

Call to Autistic Members: Autism Appropriate Workplaces Survey

The EIS Equality Committee has decided to develop a briefing about Autism Appropriate Workplaces, to highlight Autistic teachers’ and lecturers’ contributions to the profession, facilitate greater knowledge about Autism amongst our membership, and to foster improved Union support to Autistic members in their workplaces.

The project is being developed through an EIS focus group of Autistic members, who have contributed the content to a member survey, and who will be reviewing the findings as well as shaping the resulting briefing. 

Opportunity for Disabled Members

The EIS has commissioned Media Education to create a participatory film project with Disabled EIS members. The project seeks to spotlight the stories of Disabled teachers and lecturers and is led by a steering group of Disabled members who have identified the project themes.

The steering group now warmly invites you to participate in this project by taking part in film week 4th – 8th October and record your own short film clips on your phone! Participation is open to any member who identifies as Disabled, or who is protected by the Equality Act 2010 under the protected characteristic of Disability - this includes Autistic members, and members with ADD/ADHD, mental health conditions, and others.

Informal Networks

So far, the EIS has two informal network sessions planned for this term – see information below on how to join the conversation. Details for the next LGBT Network meeting will follow post a meeting of EIS LGBT Sub-committee.

BAME Network

The BAME Network is the EIS’s national network for Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic Educators, established in 2020. The network is an opportunity to meet colleagues, share experiences, access information and learning opportunities and have specific discussions that will amplify your voices within the work of the union. The next meeting will be held on 16 November at 16.30pm.

Disabled Members Network

The Disabled Members Network is a new network space for all members who identify as disabled, and for members who would be entitled to reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act (2010).

The Network is open to, among others, Autistic members, members with long-term hearing impairments, and those with long-term illness that affects their everyday lives. Network meetings will act as a conduit for learning opportunities, and as supportive spaces for members to link up, discuss important issues and channel your voices within the work of the Union. The next meeting date is to be confirmed.