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Cert-Ed (Level 4)/7302 Bridging Assignment
Discuss at least two issues of equality and diversity, and ways to promote inclusion.
Analyse at least two different ways to establish ground rules with learners which underpin appropriate behaviour and respect for others.
Evaluate the use of initial assessment, formative assessment and summative assessment for at least one learner/group in your specialist area.
Equality is about ‘creating a fairer society, where everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfill their potential’.It is about identifying patterns of experience based on group identity, and the challenging processes ...view middle of the document...
Petty G (2004) p 84
The use of images promoting friendships between different ethnic backgrounds, using non sexist writing to promote equality between men and women, help to strengthen the cultural relationships between us all. The use of plain English, different coloured paper, different types of fonts and sizes, are all useful for learners who suffer from dyslexia and other forms of literacy needs. A useful exercise to treat everyone equally, is to produce all class notes on the same colour paper as learners with particular needs. Alternatively, produce the class notes on a wide range of coloured paper and let everyone chose which colour they prefer. We must be aware that treating everyone equally, is a form of discrimination. We are all different, but equally need to be treated individually, this is diversity. With the modern influx of immigrants to the United Kingdom, we must be aware of the ever increasing diverse cultures that are now apparent in most towns and cities. It is this diversity which we must take in to consideration when planning lessons for our learners. Various cultures and religious beliefs must be incorporated in to our lesson, which in turn promotes inclusion. Teachers are important role models, through multicultural education they can teach their learners to value cultures different from their own. Petty G (2004) p.84 - 85
Diversity is also based on educational differences, reflecting on the learner’s education and experiences. Encouraging diversity and engaging in cultural differences is also good for the economy, it helps to build and promote business links which otherwise would be harder to establish. Emphasising our differences makes us realise how mundane life would be if we were all the same. This gives the learners something to really think about and shows why inclusion is really important in all aspects of life.
Whilst equality generally means everyone is treated equally and fairly, it is linked directly to legislation and guidelines, which together drive the initiative. Diversity goes one step further by valuing the differences between individuals, and by ensuring they are participating, you are including everyone (inclusion). Wilson, L. (2008) p.26-27
What is Inclusion?
In 1955 the story of a brave and tired woman named Rosa Parks was put in front of this country's awareness. They say this woman had gotten tired, in fact, historically tired of being denied equality. She wanted to be included in society in a full way, something which was denied people labelled as "black" people! So Rosa Parks sat down on a bus in a section reserved for "white" people. When Rosa was told to go to "her place" at the back of the bus, she refused to move, was arrested, and history was challenged and changed. All of this happened because Rosa Parks was tired, historically tired of being excluded. She had sat down and thereby stood up for inclusion! Asante.S (2010)What is inclusion. Available at:...