Ptlls Theory Task 3

Unit 1: Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector.
Level 4 theory assessment, 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.’

Equality and diversity are terms that are often used interchangeably. However, they are not the same. Equality means providing individuals with equal opportunities, treating them fairly and catering for their individual needs equally. In order to promote equality, any form of discrimination should be removed and we as teachers must ensure that our learning environment is free from bullying, harassment or victimisation. On the other hand, diversity is the variety of people’s differences such as race, gender, age, abilities, socio cultural background and beliefs which should all be recognised and respected so that individual learners can exploit their full potential.

Inclusion suggests recognising and valuing people’s differences and promoting equal opportunities for all which can be achieved in a number of ways. Firstly, all members of staff as well as students must be treated equally and fairly by creating an inclusive environment for all which should reflect the educational institution’s ethos. Also, we need to ensure that all learners have equal access to opportunities, both career and intellectual, so that they can fully participate in the learning process. Moreover, a learning environment needs to be created where students can develop to their full potential and where they can be equipped with the skills to challenge inequality and discrimination. Furthermore, all learning materials need to be carefully selected and used in order to ensure that they do not discriminate against any individuals or groups. Finally, all policies, procedures and processes should apply equally to all students as well as members of staff. ‘Every learner has the right to expect that they will receive high...