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Our commitment 

NAHT is dedicated to promoting equality for all its members, and this commitment is enshrined in NAHT’s constitution. 

NAHT’s work on equality is overseen by our diversity and inclusion group, a sub-committee of NAHT’s national executive.

NAHT’s role

Our equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) work is centred around three aspects:

  1. Supporting our members as leaders: as school leaders, NAHT members are ideally positioned to create inclusive learning and working environments for all their pupils and staff, one which welcomes diversity and champions equality. NAHT’s role is to empower our members with the tools, knowledge, and confidence to do this effectively. 
  2. Supporting our members as individuals: we know members with certain protected characteristics face additional and/or specific challenges in their roles. As a Trade Union, our core purpose is protecting our members; whether proactively, for example campaigning to remove systemic inequities in the system, or reactively, aiding members who are experiencing particular issues in their workplace, through our representation and/or legal teams.
  3. As a democratic organisation: NAHT recognises that we are most effective in representing the views and needs of school leaders when we engage with all of our membership. We are therefore committed to ensuring our own democratic structures are inclusive and reflect the diversity of the educational professionals and learners that we serve.

NAHT’s equality networks

NAHT has three informal equality networks for members. These are led by members, for members.

Find out more about our networks, including how to join and planned meetings, by clicking on the links below. 

NAHT's EDI statements

Following a resolution at NAHT Annual Conference, we are developing a series of policy statements outlining NAHT’s views and commitments around equality, diversity and inclusion. These have been developed in conversations with NAHT’s equality networks, our diversity and inclusion group, and our national executive.

Click below to see our EDI statements:

Statements will continue to be reviewed and additional statements may be developed, as led by our membership.

Our statement of action and commitments on EDI in education for 2023/24

In September 2023, NAHT, alongside other key organisations working in the sector, outlined its new actions and commitments to help further equality, diversity and inclusion in education. Find out more and read our statement of action and commitments on EDI in education for 2023/24.


Advice and support

For more about the advice and guidance available from NAHT, along with resources to support members with EDI in their schools, see our EDI hub page.

TUC equality conferences

Every year, the TUC hosts a series of equality conferences that supplement the general work of TUC Congress. These conferences focus on supporting the advancement of issues that disproportionally impact minority groups. Find out more and how NAHT members can get involved.

Latest news and advice

NAHT comments on Women and Equalities Committee report

Today (Fri 24 Sept) the Women and Equalities Committee of Westminster MPs has released a new report following their inquiry into ‘The role of the Government Equalities Office (GEO)', which examined how the GEO was delivering on its responsibilities and how effectively its structures and its place in government were enabling it to do so.

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “We know that discrimination and inequality continue to exist and that in many cases the events of the last few years have only served to exacerbate this.

“It’s important that we are able to look to the government not only to promote equality and eliminate discrimination but to also to take a principled lead in building an inclusive culture for all.

“The equality remit is a critical one, and, as outlined in the report from the Women and Equalities Committee, it is essential that whoever has this brief has the resources and capacity to undertake it effectively. Lessons must also be learned from the Covid-19 pandemic and the government’s response to the crisis, and this must include an exploration of the unequal impact seen for certain groups.

“Looking ahead, if the government is serious about solving inequality in this country it needs to boost education funding. This means fulfilling its promise to deliver a properly funded recovery package so that every pupil in the country receives the support they need and deserve.

“As always, NAHT stands ready to work with the government to ensure that every child receives the very best education possible.”

First published 24 September 2021