Equality and Diversity
Equality is ensuring individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally and no less favorably, specific to their needs, including areas of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age. This is so all learners feel inclusive in the session and everyone is getting the same opportunities to learn and achieve whether they have a disability or not. S Promoting equality should remove discrimination in all areas. Bullying, harassment or victimization are also considered as equality and diversity issues. This should take place within sessions through challenging any discriminative behavior that may take place. You could do this through class discussion were learners get to air their personal views and then the tutor can educate the class on discriminative behavior and the effects it can have not only on students but on staff also. Another way you could challenge this would be on a 1:1 basis with the individual. We as tutors are also able to benefit from the promotion of Equality and Diversity. For example I as a Bury College student have had the opportunity to attend these sessions and have learnt from this. I am then able to cascade what I have learnt to my learners at Rathbone and they have then benefited from other agencies knowledge of the subject. Diversity aims to recognise, respect and value people’s differences to contribute and realise their full potential by promoting an inclusive culture for all staff and learners. Ref: www.ed.ac.uk
Every person is an individual we are all different in many ways weather it be in race, culture, Race, National origin, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Age, Marital Status, Religion, Ethnicity, Disability, Family structure, Health, Values or beliefs and in teaching and learning we need to accommodate this in our sessions and teaching and make sure we give the same opportunities and learning experience to each individual. It is good to have a mixture of individuals in classes as students learn from their piers they are able to understand individuals needs or disabilities and this then enables them to broaden their own views about stereotyping. Examples of good practice of equality and diversity in teaching and learning: When resources are made and used, consideration should be taken to the diverse range of learners who will be accessing the provision. A variety of teaching methods should be used incorporating each individuals different learning style (kinaesthetic, audio or visual) so that you are delivering a diverse lesson. Language used by the tutor should be non-discriminatory and appropriate so to offend anyone in the class. Discussions and comments made within the classroom should be managed to ensure learner language is appropriate and non-discriminatory if this is used it should be challenged by the tutor and not ignored. If the tutor ignores this, It then becomes seen to be ‘ok’ to use as the tutor is a authority figure students may believe they have not said or done anything wrong when using or doing this. Topics to be managed by tutor in a way that is sensitive to equality and diversity. Resources should be adapted to ensure that learners can access information and to meet individual needs (large print, on tape, using symbols) and the Learners should have the opportunity to fully evaluate the course in an open and anonymous way. We do this by sending questionnaires to leavers and they do not have to put there name or sign they can just send it back anonymously evaluating their foundation learning course. Codes of practice and policies to prevent inequality and diversity can be the: Sex discrimination act
The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which protected men and women from discrimination on the grounds of sex or marriage. The Act concerned employment, training, education, harassment, the provision of goods and services, and the disposal of premises. The Gender...
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