Monday 15 June 2015

Comedian Francesca Martinez in latest Unity magazine

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An interview with comedian Francesca Martinez is the cover story in this summer’s issue of Unity magazine, produced by UAF with the National Union of Teachers. The award-winning comic and former Grange Hill actor talks about being “wobbly”, disability and equality.

>> Download the Summer 2015 Unity magazine here as a pdf file (low resolution)

Printed copies of Unity magazine are available free to NUT members to use with young people in schools – why not order copies for your class?

The Summer 2015 issue also includes:
• the story of Emmett Till, the “little nobody who shook the world”
• Fifty years since the first Race Relations Act
• Football: England player and league champion Rabbi Howell
• Books: a quartet that brings home the Holocaust
• Blair Peach Award winner Juno Roche
• plus news and our Europe Fact File on Slovakia

In the classroom

Teachers have been telling us how they have used Unity magazine in lessons and discussions in school. Jenny, an NUT conference delegate from Bournemouth, said:

Recently we had the English Defence League marching locally. I saw someone on our counter-demonstration with the magazine, which he told me was supported and funded by my own union.

Unity magazine provides teachers and students with the sort of materials that need to be in schools to help ensure racist and fascist lies are challenged. I think the George the Poet interview will be of interest to my students.

John, a teacher from Newcastle, said:

Some of what I teach takes up questions such as ‘Why does racism exist?’ and ‘Why did Hitler come to power?’ The current issue of the magazine and its back copies will be a very useful teaching tool.

Sue from Leicester ensured that copies of the last three Unity magazines were distributed among the students taking general studies at her school. She said:

The issue which really got students excited was the one with Kasabian on the front page. The band hails from Leicester and is very popular locally. The popularity of the magazine is growing. Students actually came up to me to request the last issue.

Bob, a teacher from Loughton, Essex, rang the office to say:

It’s hard at times getting some of my students to read materials. This is where your magazine comes in. The feature on Billie Holliday resonated with students who are heavily into music. In the past I have left the magazine around in the common room and encouraged students to read it. They told their friends about the magazine and I now have to order extra copies of the magazine. Please keep it up.

Order copies now

To get a bulk order of free copies for your school, NUT association or division please email us on The magazine is also sent free to UAF members. Other individuals, union branches or organisations who would like to receive copies should contact the UAF office on

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