Discuss Issues of Equality and Diversity

Task   3
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.

“Entitlement, equality, inclusivity, diversity and differentiation.   Basically, all of these are about acknowledging and respecting the individual needs of your learners, helping and supporting where appropriate”
Gravells, A, 2008, Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector.

Equality is about all learners having the same rights and opportunities to participate regardless of gender, race, ethnic origin, religion disability, sexual orientation or age.   Diversity is about valuing the differences that people have and appreciating their individual characteristics.   It is important as teachers and tutors that we find ways to promote inclusion of all learners, yet through differentiation by using different approaches and resources, we find ways to meet the needs of individuals within the group.
Referring back to the teacher / training cycle, preparation and planning will enable us to best promote inclusion for all learners, and enable us to access other points of referral if necessary. During the planning process, all learners should have an initial assessment for suitability and to diagnose strengths and weaknesses.   The need to potentially access other points of referral could appropriately be picked up in this initial assessment.
  Learners will be diverse on the basis of many different backgrounds and needs.   These may include learning needs such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger’s syndrome, socio economic status, health – both mental and physical, age, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religious beliefs and size to name but a few.   Differentiation will enable the teacher to meet the needs of these individuals yet value their diversity.   The main ways to differentiate are by Task, Outcome, Resource and Support.   Different tasks can be set for different people but with the...