Equality & Diversity Unit 419

David McCarthy                                                                                                      
Equality and Diversity

In order to understand how Equality and Diversity has such an important impact in the teaching and learning environment, we first have to know the definition of both in the UK context.
What is Equality?
1 The Right to Equality
The right to equality is the right of all human beings to be equal in dignity, to be treated with respect and consideration and to participate on an equal basis with others in any area of economic, social, political, cultural or civil life. All human beings are equal before the law and have the right to equal protection and benefit of the law.
(Oakwoodcourt, 2010)
2 Equal Treatment
Equal treatment, as an aspect of equality, is not equivalent to identical treatment. To realise full and effective equality it is necessary to treat people differently according to their different circumstances, to assert their equal worth and to enhance their capabilities to participate in society as equals.
(Oakwoodcourt, 2010)

3 Positive Action
To be effective, the right to equality requires positive action.
Positive action, which includes a range of legislative, administrative and policy measures to overcome past disadvantage and to accelerate progress towards equality of particular groups, is a necessary element within the right to equality.
(Oakwoodcourt, 2010)

Therefore, when considering equality, it is important to remember, areas of race, gender, disability, religion of belief, sexual orientation and age. Equality does not mean everyone is treated exactly the same, the emphasis is on treating everyone fairly and with respect.

What is Diversity?
Diversity is a descriptive term and describes all of us in one way or another. If we look around us we can see our society is becoming more complex and diverse. The society we live in is...