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.
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.
Education and knowledge are key factors in the encouragement of tolerance, diversity and a free and fair society, since it is through them that ignorance and prejudice are challenged and dispelled.