Pttls Unit 403

Assignment 403 Understanding inclusive learning and teaching in lifelong learning

The term inclusion is used in a wide variety of contexts. It can focus on social inclusion, or on equal opportunities in all areas of life, whilst for others it highlights a possible need to overcome lack of ability with computers and current digital applications, or with reading, writing and use of maths.
We all expect equality in one form or another, the diversity in our classrooms today reminds us that the learning environment should be about ensuring that all students are treated fairly and not discriminated against, regardless of Religion, Race, Gender, Disability, Age or Learning needs (i.e. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, etc.). For example someone from an ethnic background who may have English as a second language, may also have a learning difficulty such as dyslexia. Another student who may be enrolling on a course some years after leaving mainstream education may be overly conscious of the age difference and perceived ability between themselves and other students.

As a tutor it is important to identify as soon as possible any individual needs of students. This could be done by using a number of methods such as, induction, interview, conversation, written assessments or questionnaires. From these assessments It should be possible to identify students’ needs and create an inclusive learning environment for them, using a variety of methods that would help each learner feel at ease and part of the group, this could be by:-
    • Supplying hand-outs at the beginning of the lesson (possibly on coloured paper)
    • One to one instruction or homework
    • Visual or audio aids (considering seating arrangements)
    • Allowing recording aids (with the consent of the group)
    • Providing the following weeks course work (allowing more time for research)

  • Having an informal approach to allowing students to leave the room when         required without having to ask...