Unit 306 Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people.
UK legislation covering equality and diversity is extensive, and complex, The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 The Human Rights Act 1998 The Employment Relations Act 1999 The Employment Act 2002 are just a few of the acts overlooking equality and diversity.
Equality is ensuring individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally and no less favourably, specific to their needs, including areas of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age.
Diversity aims to recognise, respect and value people’s differences to contribute and realise their full ...view middle of the document...
involves understanding the barriers which exist. Intervention strategies, such as additional support, can then be put into place at an early stage
before children fall too far behind. High expectations, of all children, are fundamental to raising achievement.
Participation involves everyone within the school. There should be opportunities to talk to children and their parents about all aspects of the
school and the curriculum. This could include the development and the review of school policies. Participation can be achieved formally through
student councils and parents’ meetings. It may also take place in the classroom when children and young people can be asked about how they
learn best, what works for them and what could be improved.
Schools must recognise and support all pupils’ access to everything that is happening in the school. This will promote a sense of belonging and
self-esteem. When children and young people are able to participate fully, they feel valued for who they are and the contribution that they
make. This can be achieved by acknowledging and reflecting diversity within the school in the methods of teaching and the resources and
Policies which promote equality and inclusion give out a positive message and encourage an atmosphere of mutual respect. Children
must have their rights protected, but should also learn about their responsibilities to others. Respect can be promoted informally through
your everyday contact with groups of children and young people. Your own attitudes and actions will provide a model for children, so it is
important that you demonstrate consideration and fairness in all your interactions.
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Culture can have many different meanings and the way the term is used has changed over time. Culture can cut across nationality and religions.
It is what gives groups of people in our society their identity. It also refers to the way groups live, for example, shared customs, thoughts, arts,
language and social activity. Recognising and promoting the cultural diversity of individuals and groups within the school will enrich learning
and promote the knowledge and understanding of all pupils.
It is important that schools celebrate the bilingual or multilingual skills of pupils. Schools will have
a policy in place which states how to ensure inclusive practice, including the additional support for pupils who need to improve their English.(E.A.L Policy from school website)
It is important that you understand the cultural diversity of the pupils within the school and particularly those you are supporting. You will
then be able to help pupils to make sense of their learning by making connections to their own lives.
The diverse cultures in society should be recognised and reflected throughout the curriculum. For example, incorporating music, foods, stories
and drama from a range of cultures will contribute to a rich curriculum. Promoting an understanding of cultural...