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Inclusion, equality and diversity
Jan 19th, 2011 @ 12:19 pm › Frances
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On to T3! As I said for the previous essay you may well have had this bundled in with T2 and be doing them both the same week. It pulls out from that question on legislation and codes of practice to focus closer on these particular and important issues. Check out the full list of Ptlls assignments if you need a different one.

Level 3 – Explain how you could promote inclusion, equality and diversity with your current/future learners. Identify other points of referral available to meet the potential needs of learners. Recommended word count 200-300 words.

Level 4 – Discuss issues of equality and diversity and ways to promote inclusion with your learners. Review other points of referral available to meet the potential needs of learners. Recommended word count 300-400 words.

Juicy stuff to get in to here, not only about the heady trilogy of equality, diversity and inclusion but also pastoral issues. I love it, but there’s only 400 words maximum! (This post itself is over double that.)

I am going to break the question down along the lines of level 4 but there’s discussion below about the differences between 3 and 4.

Issues of equality and diversity

Even professionals in the field can find it hard to distinguish exactly between what is an equalities issue and what is a diversities issue. But that’s what makes it so interesting.

The Equality Act 2010 unifies previously piecemeal legislation and protects people from discrimination involving…

Race (including ethnic or national origins, colour and nationality) Sex
Sexual orientation
Disability
Religion or belief (including lack of belief)
Gender reassignment (transsexuality)
Pregnancy and maternity
Marriage and civil partnership
Age
These are referred to as “protected characteristics” and the last two: age and marriage/civil partnership only really apply to employment. There’s also increased protection for people discriminated against “by association or perception” which is all very exciting stuff. Organisations may recognise additional equalities issues such as education background, economic background, preferred language, trade union membership and countless others which is very likely from an educational establishment. Wherever you are studying your course and wherever you intend to work will have equality and diversity policies in place.

These policies outline what that organisation does to tackle discrimination, how it protects equalities issues and celebrates diversity. Ofsted and HR organisations etc aren’t looking for diversities to be acknowledged or the dreaded “tolerated” – they need to be actively celebrated.

Promote inclusion with your learners

This really gets in to the learning environment, taking what might feel like abstract theories and tackling them head on. There is nothing abstract about discrimination or exclusion though and this is your chance to think about how you can really affect things for the better.

This is a huge topic so I’m just going to throw a few ideas out there

Have materials reflect diversity to increase the likelihood of people in the group finding something to identify with: look at the use of names and ages, who is shown in photographs Go to the effort of finding examples of achievement that are less well known: Florence Nightingale was the de facto nursing example for years but now Mary Seacole is regaining prominence Make sure you have provided for different types of learners in your lesson plan – differentiating for learning styles etc – and that everything is accessible in different formats without it having to be a big deal Watch your language! Stuff like jokey stereotypes and casual homophobia is rife and does not help people feel safe. And have a plan on how you will challenge inappropriate conversations and remarks from your learners This should be...
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