Teaching Assistant Level 3

TDA 3.6 Equality, Diversity And Inclusion In Work With Children And Young People
KM13 Identify the current legislation and codes of practice relevant to the promotion of equality and valuing of diversity.

There is legislation and codes of practice that relate to the promotion of equality and diversity in working with children and YP. From these a school will produce a policy document that has to take into account the rights of all pupils within the school, not just in a classroom setting but for example at break/lunch times, extra-curricular activities, school trips and cultural celebrations.
The government ratified a treaty in 1991 on the rights of all children and YP as stated in the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and these rights are legally binding. Whilst extensive two of the rights is the right to have an education and have their views respected.
Government statutory codes of practice and frameworks relating to equal opportunity and inclusive practice are taken from a combination of several acts:
Disability Discrimination Act 1995
This act was superseded by the Equality Act 2010 but it essentially stated that LA’s had to make reasonable adjustments to ensure a child can participate in fully in education and an educational setting. For example ramps, lifts, toilets.
Children Act 1989 and 2004
Initially the act placed a duty on the LA and school to ensure appropriate services were being delivered to children, regardless of status. Later following Lord Laming’s recommendations the 2004 Act was to provide effective and accessible services and underpins the five Every Child Matters outcomes.

Education Act 1996
Sets out the requirement of schools to provide the appropriate equipment, additional resources and support for those children and YP with special educational needs (SEN). The LA will provide additional funding to support these pupils from dedicated grants.
Disability Discrimination Act 2005
States that a...