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.
Diversity is valuing individual differences, regardless of age, gender, religion, beliefs or lack of, race and circumstances.
“In the past, equality has often been described as everyone being the same or having the same opportunities. Nowadays, it can be described as everyone being different, but having equal rights. (Gravells, 2012:53, 54).
Diversity and Equality should be promoted by encouraging positive behaviour and using inclusion whilst the learners are on the course. You should start promoting equality and diversity from the outset so that the learners know what to expect and what is expected from them. Any unacceptable behaviour, discrimination or prejudices must be challenged immediately so precedence is in place.
1b) A teachers roles and responsibilities in lifelong learning is not just classroom based, indeed a teachers role starts from the planning of the course to...