Emma Furnesse.firstname.lastname@example.orgE&D AND THE LRCMAY 2013
I am not an expert.I‟m just trying to learn.So I‟m doing what I do best andstarting a conversation.So if you‟re sitting comfortably,let me tell you a story…DISCLAIMER
SEP – DEC 2012Once upon a time there was a Librarian who washaunted by Equality and Diversity.Everywhere she went someone was talking aboutthem and the affect they were having on theCollege.Some people thought they were interesting andsome people thought they were scary, but theLibrarian didn‟t know what to think.What if Equality and Diversity came to the LRC?How would she recognise them? Should she tryto fight them? Should she make them welcome?Or should she just pretend they didn‟t exist?
My preconceptions?Where I saw E&D having arelationship with CLRCservices.See the whole thing:http://bit.ly/100vDe9BRAINSTORM
My first E&D Board meeting College Equality Policy“To implement this policy the college will: Actively work towards equality of opportunity for all … Actively work towards eliminating discrimination … Ensure that all participants in the educational process are aware … Take action to celebrate and promote diversity Take action to encourage participation of under-represented groups Publicise and promote procedures … Set realistic goals with yearly targets”DECEMBER 2012
My first PTTLS Lesson Gravells, A and Simpson, S (2009) Equality and diversity in the lifelonglearning sector. Exeter: Learning Matters. What is happening in GYC Classrooms? PTTLS teaches how E&D affects planning classes, lessons and activities PGCE teaches the importance of E&D as a concept to students E&D topics as PSHE tutorials – e.g. Attitudes to gender in the workplace E&D as a topic itself – what it is; the legislation; practicalities Work Based Learners have a full workbook and test E&D as an affect – e.g. how uniformed services ensure they meetexpected standards or how care workers ensure the equality andinclusion of people with dementia or how salons deal with customers E&D in real life situations – e.g. how we deal with interviews or examsJAN 2013
Vice Principal/Quality Lead The focus is to narrow theachievement gap and meet OFSTEDsrequirements as they relateto the college Everything comes back tothe learners needs Keep assessing andgrowing – continual processSafeguarding/E&D Lead The focus is to supportand protect learners and to raise awareness ofdiversity issues toprevent barriers Access to appropriateresources Act as a hub for thecollege and participateWHAT DO MANAGEMENT WANT?
EHRC (2012) Equality Act 2010: technical guidance on further and higher education.[online] London: EHRC. Available at:http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/uploaded_files/EqualityAct/technical_guidance_on_further_and_higher_education.pdf (Last accessed: 4th March 2013)“the Act prohibits certain forms of behaviour. In some situations, the Act also requiresactive steps to be taken ... More generally, further and higher education institutionsneed to consider taking active steps to ensure that discrimination is not occurring inthe education or services that they provide.”In addition, the Public Sector Equality Duty requires further and higher educationinstitutions to have due regard to the need to: Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conductprohibited by the Act. Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protectedcharacteristic and those who do not. Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic andthose who do not.WHAT DO WE HAVE TO DO?
Don‟t Discriminate Make people aware ofwhat you‟re doing andwhy it‟s important Encourage participation,cooperation andunderstanding Celebrate and promotediversity Make it part of LRCdevelopment Age Disability Gender reassignment Pregnancy & maternity Race Religion or belief Sex Sexual orientation „other‟WHAT TO WE NEED TO DO?
Meet with other supportstaff for a coffee Talk with your communityPCSO to learn about yourcommunity Get a breakdown of thecollege makeup Get onto the E&D board orat least get the minutes Advertise what you‟realready doing AND WHY Get feedback on what moreyou could be doing Visit some classes to seewhat teachers are facing Do regular and varieddisplays – or invite othercollege groups to do themfor you Promote E&D stock in aprominent position Meet and talk with yourstudent union and/orcourse reps Get information from yourlink governor Make use of theVLE/website Use SARs and QIPs to proveit!WHAT CAN WE DO?
With thanks toTHE STAFF AT GREAT YARMOUTH COLLEGEThe ACER/RSC EASTERN LRM FORUM MEMBERSYou may also like to look at:EHRC - A guide to business and human rights.Helpful if you‟re looking at whether your staff areproperly supported within the context of E&D.G. Hills – The Equality Act for educational professionals.ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
EPILOGUESo the Librarian came back from her quest achanged woman.When she arrived back at work she madeEquality and Diversity their very own place in theLibrary and showed the staff how to take care ofthem.When visitors asked her about the ghosts sheintroduced them and shared how they might laytheir own ghosts to rest.And, of course, they all lived happily ever after!