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NASUWT tells schools to up the ante on gender equality

Quality and equality two sides of the same coin, says teaching union

Schools and politicians must step up their efforts to tackle gender inequality, teaching union NASUWT said yesterday.

An event in London brought together teachers, heads, councils and others to brainstorm ways of improving equality and social justice for girls and women in education.

Speakers included playwright Bonnie Greer, plus trade unionists and top university professors.

NASUWT used the platform to launch its Gender Equality Challenge, asking schools to showcase their efforts to promote gender equality for pupils and staff.

"Too much of the debate today is characterised by promoting quality, whilst being silent on equality, but these are two sides of the same coin. They are not mutually exclusive goals," said NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates.

"In the run-up to the general election we will be challenging politicians and political parties to make their commitments to the NASUWT Gender Equality Challenge, by making clear what they will be doing to address the challenges of gender equality through their education, social and economic policies."

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