Equality and Diversity

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CU224Equality and Diversity
Level| 3|
Credit value| 6|
GLH| 25|

Unit summary
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand how to promote equality and value diversity. Learners will also understand how to work with others to do this and review the contribution of their own practice. Learning outcomes| Assessment criteria|

The learner will:| The learner can:|
1| Understand the key features of a culture which promotes equality and values diversity| 1.1| Define the meanings of equality and diversity in the UK context| | | 1.2| Identify the benefits of promoting equality and diversity for individual learners| | | 1.3| Explain the impact of forms of inequality and discrimination on individuals and communities| | | 1.4| Outline legislation, employment regulations and codes of practice relevant to the promotion of equality and valuing of diversity| 2| Understand the importance of promoting equality and valuing diversity in lifelong learning| 2.1| Explain how the promotion of equality and diversity can protect learners from risk of harm| | | 2.2| Explain actions that can be taken to value individual learners| | | 2.3| Explain good practice in providing individual learners with information| 3| Be able to promote equality and value diversity| 3.1| Use communication strategies to promote equality and diversity| | | 3.2| Explain how own behaviour can impact on an organisation’s culture in relation to equality and diversity| | | 3.3| Explain how working with other agencies can promote diversity|

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4| Understand how to help others in the promotion of equality and valuing of diversity| 4.1| Describe actions by individuals which can undermine equality and diversity| | | 4.2| Explain ways to deal with systems and structures which do not promote equality and diversity| 5| Be able to review own contribution to promoting equality and valuing diversity in lifelong learning| 5.1| Identify own strengths in promoting equality and valuing diversity| | | 5.2| Evaluate the impact of own practice in promoting equality and valuing diversity| | | 5.3| Identify areas for further personal development in promoting equality and valuing diversity|

1.1 Define the meanings of equality and diversity in the UK context

Equality and diversity is a term used in the United Kingdom to define and champion equality, diversity and human rights as defining values of society. It promotes equality of opportunity for all, giving every individual the chance to achieve their potential, free from prejudice and discrimination.

UK legislation requires public authorities to promote equality in everything that they do, also making sure that other organisations meet their legal duties to promote equality while also doing so themselves.

In the UK there are certain legal requirements under existing legislation to promote equality in the areas of disability, gender and race. These are often collectively referred to as the general duties to promote equality.

Equality allows all students the right to have access to and participate in education regardless of their disability or other circumstances. Gravells (2008) believes that ‘Inequality and discrimination should be tacked to ensure fairness, decency and respect among learners.’

Diversity, as Gravells (2008) suggests is ‘...about valuing and respecting the differences in learners, regardless of ability and/or circumstances, or any other individual characteristics the may have.’ Diversity can add substance to a tutors teaching by them incorporating learners diverse experiences into their sessions. Using student’s experiences as a teaching resource can encourage students to overcome their stereotypes and enable them to recognise other diverse backgrounds. This can also help promote a positive environment for all students.

1.2 Identify the benefits of promoting equality...
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