This resource provides an induction and refresher package for staff working in a range of capacities for colleges, work-based learning providers, voluntary and community sector organisations, public sector bodies and in the private sector.
It can be used to form the basis of induction training or guided self study for new and existing staff, including temporary staff, volunteers, trustees and people on work placement. In addition, it can be used flexibly to support delivery of equality and diversity sessions for those working directly with learners, service users, volunteers or staff.
It has the information you need to help you implement the Equality Act effectively in your organisation.
There are two packs in this set - one for trainers and one for learners
The pack has been developed as a practical toolkit to help staff meet their legal and professional obligations and follow a twin-track approach to equality and diversity: that of tackling inequalities and valuing diversity. It aims to:
The information in the pack is supplemented by a range of activities to help you test your understanding and apply your learning to your own situation. Many of the activities will kick start the preliminary thinking, planning and awareness raising processes you will need to embed equality and diversity into your area of work.
Specifically for schools, under the new inspection framework (January 2012), inspectors have a duty to assess schools on:
In the event that a learning provider of any kind is judged to be inadequate in equality and diversity and challenging discrimination, the learning provider’s overall effectiveness is also likely to be deemed inadequate.
The modules in the resource pack will help you to understand the steps you need to take in order to embed equality and diversity into all teaching and learning practice and activity.
|About the resource|
|About the pack|
|1||Why is equality and diversity important?|
|What do we mean by equality and diversity?|
|Why is it important?|
|2||What does the law say?|
|Who does the law protect?|
|What sort of discrimination is unlawful?|
|What else does a public body have to do?|
|3||What does it all mean for you?|
|The importance of complying with the law|
|Your employer’s responsibilities|
|Your personal responsibilities|
|4||Making yourself more ‘equality and diversity aware’|
|Recognising your own prejudices|
|Developing cultural and social awareness|
|5||Good practice ideas to help you meet your responsibilities|
|Being more inclusive in what you say|
|Being more inclusive in what you do|
|Challenging unacceptable behaviour|
|Planning your future contribution|
|Appendix: Further information|
This Equality and Diversity pack provides teaching staff with advice, guidance and session plans that will help them to explore the key issues with learners, explain complex legislation simply and clearly and act on the organisation’s equality duty by promoting the benefits of embracing equality and diversity.
The contents comprise:
The activities in this pack can be used to support the following curriculum areas, either in isolation or as a planned programme of equality and diversity learning.
|1. What do we mean by equality and diversity?||Introductory activity to help learners understand the language of equality and diversity|
|Main activity exploring equality legislation|
|2. Why is it important?||Introductory activity to help learners explore their range of social contacts|
|Main activity to examine responsibilities|
|3. Barriers to equality||Introductory activity to examine the four types of discrimination recognised by equality legislation|
|Main activity to identify how the law protects people|
|4. Challenging unacceptable behaviour||Introductory activity to examine equality law|
|Main activity to challenge unacceptable behaviour|
|5. Developing cultural and social awareness||Introductory activity to explore the use of language|
|Main activity to help learners develop cultural and social awareness|
|6. Promoting equality||Introductory activity to examine diversity within the learning environment/local community|
|Main activity to promote equality and diversity within learning environment|
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