Karen Hill Unit 3 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with children and young people 1. Understand the importance of promoting equality and diversity in work with children and young people 1.1 Identify the current legislation and codes of practice relevant to the promotion of equality and valuing of diversity At The Meadows Community Primary School there are a range of policies which set out guidelines and procedures for ensuring equality. These must take into account the rights of all individuals and groups within the school. Policies must also pay regard to the values and practice which are apart of all aspects of school life. It is important for myself to understand relevant legislation and it’s purpose, as this will help me in my role as a teaching assistant and make me aware of my responsibilities.
Gives guidance and support to school staff and ensure high quality service and the best practice possible. Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and 2005 Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 Race Relations (amendment) Act 2000 Children’s Act 1989 Children’s Act 2004 Government strategy for SEN 2004 Code of practice to promote race equality 2002 Every Child Matters 2005 School Policies, safe guarding G&T, SEN diversity, bullying. 1.2 Describe the importance of supporting the rights of all children and young people to participate and equality access. All children have the right to a varied and balanced education. This also must be supported by a high quality of teaching and learning experiences.
Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people Understand the importance of promoting equality and diversity in work with children and young people. 1.1 Identify the current legislations and codes of practice relevant to the promotion of equality and valuing of diversity. Every school/ nurseries must produce a range of policies outlining the procedures and guidelines of promoting equality in the school, taking into account the rights of all individuals, such as all staff, children and the wider community. The policies must show
TDA 2.4/1.1 Current Legislation and Codes of Practice relevant to promotion of equality and valuing diversity. There are many policies and guidelines within schools to make sure that all children are treated fairly, as individuals, and that all of their needs are met. This includes promoting equality and diversity for everyone. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 states the rights of all children so there have been many Parlimentary Acts written, as well as codes of practice, frameworks and policies produced in order to ensure that these rights are upheld and protected by law in the UK. This includes every child’s right to an education, and for every child to have their views respected.
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Every student has an equal opportunity to participate in a classroom and is given all resources and access to succeed. Children are taught how to be respectful to others and work together in a multicultural environment. There are four goals that the Anti-Bias Education approach strives for. The first goal is that children will show self-awareness, confidence, and positive social identities. The second goal is that children will express comfort and joy with human diversity.
* taking action to enable all children and young people to have the best outcome” http://www.safenetwork.org.uk/getting_started/Pages/Why_does_safeguarding_matter.aspx “The action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm - is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.” Working together to safeguard children (HM Government 2013) Education Reform Act; The needs of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils should be equally safeguarded. SENDA/DDA; Children with Special Needs or Disabilities are equally safeguarded. “The Safeguarding Committee audit the site(and proposed sites)annually, or as necessary, in order for preparations to be made in advance for any student / member of staff who requires reasonable adjustment due to disability. “
4.1 Summarise the laws and codes of practice affecting work in schools 4.2 Explain how legislation affects how schools work Task 1 There are some laws set in place by government which schools have a duty to follow. A few of these and the main points involved have been stated below. Link the legislation on the left with the correct description on the right. Children’s Act 2004 | Close relationship between agencies and sharing of information between agencies. | Data Protection Act 1998 | Schools are required to keep information secure and it can only be used for the purpose it was gathered for.
Unit 001 1 Explain the roles and responsibilities of a teacher in relation to: a) Promoting equality and diversity in teaching b) Lifelong learning c) Identifying and meeting the needs of the learners d) Maintaining a safe and supportive learning environment e) Ways to promote appropriate behaviour and respect for others 1a) It is a teacher’s role and responsibility to promote equality and diversity. “Equality is about the rights of learners to attend and participate regardless of their gender, race, ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation or age”. (Gravells 5th edition 2012) Equality is making sure that every student is treated in the same way and their needs are met in a way that supports their chosen learning experience. All students are entitled to be educated according their needs, regardless of any differences they may have. As a teacher it is your role to provide any resources needed including specialist equipment for activities and to use the correct teaching styles that will enable the learner access to their learning experience.
Safeguarding a child or young person is also to ensure that they have the outlook to achieve their true potential and have the right to be protected from abuse, such as: Physical abuse Sexual abuse Emotional abuse Neglect Exploitation This also shows the consequence of shared responsibilities as there can be many different agencies involved in dealing with each case. Safeguarding children is fundamentally part of schools everyday activities Wearing ID badges to identify oneself Not putting ourselves at risk to possible complaints Signing in and out of school Ensuring current legislation is adhered to such as, Every Child Matters Data Protection Human Rights Health and Safety at Work The Safeguarding Policy should be compliant with sections from: The Education Act (2004) Working Together The Local Children's Safeguarding Board To take account and inform of policy in related areas such as, Discipline Bullying e-safety exploitation Child protection is part of the wider concept to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect particular children who maybe suffering from any form of abuse or neglect. This also involves, protecting children and young people from maltreatment besides