Equality is the need to provide all learners with equal opportunity. It is the duty of the teacher to ensure all students feel valued, are given the same rights of access to learning resources and are given equal help and support to develop their full potential without showing any favouritism. All students must be treated fairly without discrimination regardless of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, race, nationality, ethnic origin, age or religious belief. Everyone is different and must be treated as individuals; however every learner must have equal rights of access to facilities. Wilson (2008:28) writes “do not stereotype, courses should be available to all”
An example of this could be to hold a class on ground level to allow easy access for wheelchair users.
The fundamental objective of the commission, as summarised in section 3 of the Equality Act 2010, is to support the development of a society where: opeople's ability to achieve their potential is not limited by prejudice or discrimination; othere is respect for and protection of each individual's human rights; othere is respect for the dignity and worth of every individual; oevery individual has an equal opportunity to participate in society; and oThere is mutual respect between groups based on understanding and valuing diversity and on shared respect for equality and human rights. (portsmouth.gov.uk)
Diversity is about treating students as individuals. A teacher needs to be able to adapting teaching methods to accommodate the needs of individual learners. Treating students with respect at all times, giving consideration for their individual differences and needs. Continuous assessment will help to identify these. Diversity is about valuing difference between individuals and groups of people. Diversity welcomes these differences rather than trying to get rid of...