Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said;
“The NUT is proud to be at the forefront of campaigning for equalities for all our children. Schools can provide the space and time to debate and learn about other cultures in an open and non-threatening environment.
“It is therefore extremely important that teachers have the training and resources to tackle issues that face modern society in order to deal with them in a constructive and informed fashion.
“The NUT believes respect should be accorded in our multicultural society, regardless of race, religion, gender, disability or sexuality. Many schools are excellent examples of how children and young people from all walks of life can work together in an environment that fosters pride and equality for everyone.
“Islamophobia has become a prevalent issue in recent times. Teachers need the knowledge and resources to address this issue with students.”