Discuss issues of equality and diversity and the ways to promote inclusion with your learners. Review other points of referral available to meet the potential needs of learners.
To begin with it is necessary to clarify the definition of equality, diversity and inclusion. In a dictionary the definition of
Equality is “the state of being equal”
Diversity is “the state or quality of being different or varied”
Inclusion is “the act of including or the state of being included”
(Collins English Dictionary 2009)
Equality is treating people fairly and giving everyone the same chances to learn. It is not just about treating everyone the same way, but recognising their needs are met different ways. The areas covered by law are race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age and in 2010 The Equality Act added transgender to the list. As well as the legislation which says we are to prevent discrimination in all these areas, we have a public duty to promote equality and remove discrimination in race, gender and disability.” (Jim Crawley and Barbara Brown, 2006).
People must not suffer discrimination because of any of these factors and we must all contribute to creating a positive learning environment where discrimination does not happen.
Diversity is about embracing individual differences. Being aware of diversity means being able to value and manage differences and to enable all learners to take part in lessons and realise their full potential. Once we recognise diversity it makes any teaching establishment a better place to learn.
Diversity is also about realizing our learners come from different backgrounds. If we encourage diversity, value each other and treat each other fairly, we will work better together and overall the learning and teaching experience will be greatly improved.
Inclusive learning – in the Tomlinson Report in 1996 it endorsed a student-centred approach to learning and teaching instead of the learner...