Equality and Diversity

Assignment 419

Task A – Research Report

Equality and Diversity is embedded legally into modern teaching practices. I shall look at what they mean and how this is applied to pedagogy. It will be made clear how differentiation in learning can promote better understanding by a learner and how best practice can be achieved. Including how to best provide learners with information so they participate in the principles.

The Uk government as part of its positiveforyouth (Yougov2012)1 summit defines equality and diversity as;

• Equality in its wider sense encompasses gender, race, disability, sexual orientation and discrimination on the grounds of age, language or social origin, or of other personal attributes, including beliefs or opinions, such as religious belief or political opinion. It is not about treating everyone the same; it is about recognising and respecting diversity and difference.

• Diversity is about embracing and celebrating the richness of society and ensuring under-represented communities have a stake in it. It is about relationships and the creation of an environment in which everyone can thrive. It is also about valuing the unique skills, experiences and perspectives of every individual and finding ways to bring the best out of them.

Equality and Diversity has two distinct aspects as applied to the learning environment. There is the adherence to the Equality Act 2010 and there are the tangible benefits of equality and the application of valuing diversity. I shall look at both aspects before applying these to best practice in the classroom.

The equality and diversity act came into force in 2010 and merges together several other pieces of legislation namely, Sex Discrimination Act 1975, Race Relations Act 1976, Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Gov 2013)2

It outlines nine protected characteristics —age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex;...