Unit 204 2.4 2.5

Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Unit 204 2.4 2.5
Describe the Importance of Promoting Anti-Discriminatory Practice in work with children and young people and how to challenge discrimination.
It is important to support the rights of all children and young people to participate and to have equality of access.   Equal opportunity does not mean treating pupils the same but ensuring that the curriculum meets the individual needs of all pupils.   Each child, whatever their background, has the right to education in a secure and safe environment.   Being able to take part and include others raises standards, boosts self-esteem and confidence to form friendships; it improves learning and personal achievements.  
The benefits of valuing cultural diversity will give the child or young person the understanding and knowledge to interact with others from all walks of life.   If diversity is learned and understood when we are young it will give the pupil the confidence to challenge prejudice and discriminatory behaviour of others.
It is not sufficient just to have policies in place which makes statements about anti- discrimination we also have to demonstrate anti-discriminatory practice and recognise when discrimination is happening.
This can be done by:
  * Being a good role model
  * Appreciate and promote diversity and individuality of children and young people
  * Acknowledge a child’s positive attributes and abilities
  * Listen to and involve children in the delivery of services and respond to their concerns
  * Recognise that the child is at the centre of the learning by treating each one as an individual
  * Have realistic but the highest expectations of all children and young people
  * Support a positive ethos within the school
  * Give pupils the skills to challenge prejudice and racist behaviour of others
  * Recognise and question anti-discriminatory practice

Challenging discrimination
You should always challenge...