The black London teacher who was brutally beaten by racist thugs in January praised the NUT for the support it has given her.
Alison Moore, whose story was featured in The TES last month, was given a standing ovation by the conference after telling of her ordeal. Ms Moore, who has had to move house following a racist hate campaign and death threats since the attack, is an NUT organiser at her school in Lewisham.
She was beaten unconscious by four white youths in the playground as she was leaving for home. She is determined to return to school as soon as she is well enough.
"The NUT, especially the Lewisham section, has been my complete support," she said.
She said the real victims of the attack were her pupils - including the white children in her class who were afraid she would not like them anymore. "It's sickening that a child of 10 should have to think in that way," she said.