Understanding Inclusive Learning and Teaching in Lifelong Learning

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City and Guilds 6302 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

Unit 002 Understanding Inclusive Learning and Teaching in Lifelong Learning

Assessment Task 1

By

Robert A J Gue

Submission Date

3 May 2012

I have been asked by the Scout Association to give guidance on how to incorporate inclusive learning an teaching in to their training scheme to meet the needs of the leaders who come from diverse backgrounds.

The Scout Association is part of a worldwide educational youth movement. The values, which underpin and inspire its work are embodied in the Scout Promise and Law and in the Purpose of the Association. Within this framework, the Association is committed to equality of opportunity for all members.

To carry out its work the Association seeks to appoint effective and appropriate Leaders, and to involve other volunteers in supporting roles, all of whom are required to accept fully the responsibilities of their commitment.

The Scout Association equal Opportunities Policy;

"equal opportunities for all; no person volunteering their services should receive less favourable treatment on the basis of, nor suffer disadvantage by reason of: • age;
• class;
• ethnic origin, nationality (or statelessness) or race; • gender;
• marital or sexual status;
• mental or physical ability;
• political or religious belief."

Source: Scout Association key policies.

In today's society, we live in a multi cultural environment. This effects the local communities and this impacts on education and training. Organisations now have multi ethnic work forces, covering a wide range religious beliefs, nationalities and races. Cultures and attitudes have changed over the last 50 years and in today's society, you have mixed gender organisations , more openness sexual status changes in employment laws and disability laws which allows people with mental or physical abilities to work.

The scout association is one of those organisations which has members from mixed religions, race, ethnic origin's, mental and physical abilities. Therefore they have to adapt inclusive learning environment.

Inclusive teaching means recognising, accommodating and meeting the learning needs of all your leaders under training. It means acknowledging that your leaders have a "range of individual learning needs and are members of diverse communities: a leader with a disabling medical condition may also have English as an additional language and be a single parent. Inclusive teaching avoids pigeonholing leaders under training into specific groups with predictable and fixed approaches to learning. 1.3 /1.2 The benefits of having inclusive teaching are;

• It takes a coherent approach which is proactive.
• Inclusive teaching has a strategy for delivering equal opportunities and diversity policies. • Involves the whole organisation / movement.
• The training will match provisions to the student needs. • It will incorporate regular reflection, review and refinement of strategies and methods that actively involve disabled leaders.

Experience in scouting situations has demonstrated that adjustments made for disabled leaders/ scouts can often benefit all leaders and members from the scout sections. Inclusive teaching is good teaching. For example, when reviewing how to describe a diagram to a blind scout , it might become apparent that there is a better way to present the information for all scouts.

In making your teaching inclusive you reassess the material you use in your teaching and the way in which it is delivered and assessed. The scout training programme should place leaders in the best possible learning environment, whatever those needs may be.

The trainers may need to use several different strategies to ensure that the specific needs of an individual are...
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