Unit 16: Equality and diversity
- Understand the key features of a culture which promotes equality and values diversity
1.1 Define the meanings of equality and diversity in the UK context
1.2 Analyse the benefits of promoting equality and diversity for individual learners
1.3 Define legislation, employment regulations, and codes of practice relevant to the promotion of equality and valuing of diversity
- Understand the importance of promoting equality and valuing diversity in
2.1 Reflect on how the promotion of equality and diversity can protect learners from risk of harm
2.2 Explain actions that can be taken to value individual learners
2.3 Explain good practice in providing individual learners with information
- Be able to promote equality and value diversity
3.1 Use communication strategies to promote equality and diversity
3.2 Analyse how own behaviour can impact on an organisation’s culture in relation to equality and diversity
3.3 Explain how working with other agencies can promote diversity
- Understand how to help others in the promotion of equality and valuing of
4.1 Describe actions by individuals that can undermine equality and diversity
4.2 Recommend modifications to systems and structures that do not promote equality and diversity
- Be able to review own contribution to promoting equality and valuing diversity in lifelong learning
5.1 Reflect on own strengths in promoting equality and valuing diversity
5.2 Evaluate the impact of own practice in promoting equality and valuing diversity
5.3 Identify areas for further personal development in promoting equality and valuing diversity.
In the UK the equality act was brought in 2010 that point of the equality act was to harmonize rights and promote equality. The equality act was to recognize protected characteristics these were;
Age: Where this is referred to, it refers to a person age or age range
Disability: “A person has a disability if s/he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on that person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities” (quote needed)
Gender reassignment: The process of transitioning from one gender to another.
Marriage and civil partnership: In the UK marriage is no longer restricted to a union between a man and a woman but now includes a marriage between a same-sex couple.
Pregnancy and maternity: Pregnancy is the condition of being pregnant or expecting a baby. Maternity refers to the period after the birth, and is linked to maternity leave in the employment context. In the non-work context, protection against maternity discrimination is for 26 weeks after giving birth.
Race: Refers to the protected characteristic of Race. It refers to a group of people defined by their race, colour, and nationality ethnic or national origins.
Religion and belief: Religion has the meaning usually given to it but belief includes religious and philosophical beliefs including lack of belief (e.g. Atheism).
Sex, A man or a woman:
Sexual orientation: Whether a person’s sexual attraction is towards their own sex, the opposite sex or to both sexes.
When teaching and students it is important to embed equality and diversity this will help your student have a broader view of the world. It will also help students understand their rights in regards to being treated equally. When teaching equality and diversity I found it is a good idea to let students to write about when they have been stereotyped or victimised against. This allows the students to reflect of events when they have been treated unfairly but also listen to others. In the UK there is a problem with Extremism or radicalism, when students have been radicalised their views can be seen as very narrow minded.
Equality is not about making sure everyone is equal but is about making sure everyone has the same opportunity. This is important for teachers understand for example if you have a student in a wheelchair but you’ll class has no wheelchair access and you will be breaking the equality act and discriminating this student directly on the disability. As a teacher it is your responsibility to make sure your whole class has equal opportunity to the education. In this example the teacher should move to a different class and make reasonable adjustments.