Speak out!

A blog from ATL

Transgender awareness week

An ATL member shares their experiences of supporting trans pupils

'Black'

In the second of her Black History Month blogs, Shakila Said talks about her experiences with the word 'Black'

Putting an end to period poverty

Fourth Wave: London Feminist Activists tell us about their petition to provide free sanitary protection to all children in all schools and end period poverty.

Teaching Black History

On the 30th anniversary of Black History Month, ATL member Shakila Said shares her thoughts on the importance of teaching Black history.

What’s it like to be an LGBT+ student in 2017?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. Since then, legislation may have brought equality in law, but have societal attitudes towards LGBT+ people caught up?

Small gestures, big effects

Ahead of this Saturday's Pride events, ATL member Ian McClary, from Bryanston School, Dorset, shares his experiences as a gay, Christian teacher.

Training teachers to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia with Stonewall

A few days ago I received three emails from teachers in different schools, all with various issues. One was trying to push the school to tackle homophobic language and was meeting resistance from senior management; another wrote about not being able to be themselves at work because of derogatory comments about their sexuality; the third told me about the complete absence of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) young people in their school.

Caring for Carers

This week is Carers Week and 2015 has been the year of the carer for ATL, and whether we are talking about adult carers or young carers, many of the same issues have been brought to the fore. At all the TUC equalities conferences this year, ATL has raised the profile of carers and the multiple issues they face, often on top of holding down a job.

Life ‘OUT’ in the classroom by Emma Baldry

Being the only openly ‘out’ gay member of staff at school is just the norm for me and my pupils and colleagues these days, aside from the yearly ‘outing’ on arrival of the new year 7 cohort each September! However, it wasn’t always like this.

Sisters are doing it for themselves

I’ve never thought of myself as a sister, beyond, of course, being an actual, well, sister. No, I mean a ‘sister’ in the trade union sense. Most of the women I’ve been lucky enough to work with within the movement have been gutsy get-it-done types, battling hard in a male-dominated movement. I must admit that it took me quite a while to get used to being addressed as ‘sister’ during last week’s TUC Women’s Conference, but by the end of the three day conference, I rather liked it. However, there are many sisterhoods to chose from, as we women are a rather diverse lot.