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C&G (7303) Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector Equality and Diversity

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Equality and Diversity

This essay will focus on identifying individual learners’ needs and ways to promote inclusion through equality and diversity in my role as tutor coordinator and tutor at an FE College.

The Equality Act 2010 has nine protected characteristics that one should adhere to in everyday life. As a tutor it is vital that I do not discriminate when teaching, the act lays out the following characteristics as its ‘protected characteristics’: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnerships, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Therefore, every learner is entitled to the same opportunities to succeed and should be treated with respect. This is supported by Petty, 1998, p69:

“All students must feel that they are positively and equally valued and accepted, and that their efforts to learn are recognised, and judged without bias. It is not enough that they are tolerated. They must feel that they, and the groups to which they belong (e.g. gender, social-class or attainment groups) are fully and equally accepted and valued by you, and the establishment in which you work”

The learners could all be from different backgrounds and different levels of knowledge as a result but should all be given the opportunity to further ones knowledge and gain a qualification. The qualification could be at a different level to others in the class but nonetheless all the students must have the same opportunities. A tutor needs to be careful not to treat all learners the same as this will discriminate learners that have disabilities.

Every learner is different and their differences can sometimes be noted prior to enrolling into the class through the application and assessment stages. Learners do not always disclose whether they have a disability therefore it is ones duty as a tutor to be...
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