Discuss issues of Equality and Diversity and ways to promote Inclusion with your Learners

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Discuss issues of equality and diversity and ways to promote inclusion with your learners. Review other points of referral available to meet the potential needs of learners

Discuss issues of Equality and Diversity and ways to promote Inclusion with your LearnersThis area poses a number of difficult questions when applied specifically to my area of teaching within the healthcare sector , this is because the courses I offer has no funding. Support for learners is often limited to what I can provide within each course.
One way of promoting inclusion can be addressed with steps such as using images of people from different cultures and backgrounds within my advertising, this promotes the impression that courses are for all types of people. The use of different languages within course materials can be of great assistance when teaching foreign learners, most have a basic understanding of English but can be much better served in this way.

Gender inclusion and equality is a big problem within the transport industry, it being historically male dominated. The Times Online (2009) quotes that at the point of writing “the number of women drivers had trebled from 2% to 6% in just a year”. This figure is still small and the inclusion of female drivers in any teaching session often adds to an overall increase in ‘banter’ and disruption. This type of behaviour needs to be moderated actively both for the comfort of the female members (who can be just as vocal when they wish), and for the sake of the learning process in general.

Disabled access is less of a problem from a physical standpoint, this is because I rent venues for courses which are only deemed appropriate if they meet current legislative requirements for accessibility. The biggest problem I face is illiteracy and to less extent innumeracy, including problems such as dyslexia, though dyslexia can often be assisted with the use of course materials printed on coloured paper. By tailoring my own courses in such a way that can be followed by people with literacy problems, sight impairments and hearing impairments I can ensure inclusion.

It is not uncommon to come across learners who have many of the discussed problems that affect them both on the course and with their day to day lives. I try to keep a list of assisting organisation websites and telephone numbers with me such as the Government Equalities Office and Citizens Advice. I also find it useful to be able to refer learners to industry specific information portals such as VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency), who can help with legal vocational information. Learners are also often concerned with employment rights including subjects such as maternity and paternity leave, holiday entitlement, discrimination and redundancy issues. While I do not specifically teach in this area these subjects come up on an increasing basis, it is then useful to be able to point these learners to sites such as the Directgov Employment website.

 

 

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Discuss issues of equality and diversity and ways to promote inclusion with your learners. Review other points of referral available to meet the potential needs of learners 

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