DLDC’s tutor update – March 2010
Online ‘Equality & Diversity in the Classroom’ checklist
Equality and diversity plays a huge part in ensuring that learners feel safe and valued as individuals
within the learning environment.
A two-part Equality and Diversity Tool has been developed by Liz Pichon for EECETT (East of England
Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training). This tool is in two sections:
Section 1 – Equality & Diversity Tool: is intended as a quality review for self/team to assess
existing resources and practice.
Section 2 – Checklist for Observing Good Practice: is intended as either a prompt for Initial
Teacher Trainers/Line Managers carrying out lesson observations or as a prompt for lecturers
to self-assess their current teaching and learning practice.
At the end of each section useful hyperlinks have been included for further resources and advice.
Other research reports can also be found from this link including:-
Access to Effective and Equitable Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Opportunities for Teachers, Tutors and Trainers in the Lifelong Learning Sector
The CPD project was undertaken between January and March 2008 and surveyed a wide range of teacher,
trainers, middle and senior managers across the LSC-funded Lifelong Learning sector. The aims of the
project focussed upon informing the development of good practice by surveying the current status of CPD in
the sector, as perceived by practitioners.
Professionalising the Workforce
‘Professionalising the workforce’ is a recently completed report, carried out by EECETT on behalf of QIA
(Quality Improvement Agency). It incorporates a comparative analysis of 10 case studies illuminating the
experience of teachers, learners and learning providers from across the full context of the learning and skills
sector (including WBL (Work Based Learning); ACL (Adult Community Learning); OLASS (Offender
Learning and Skills Service) and VS (Voluntary Sector) representation) within the East of England. Case
studies are drawn from the extensive EECETT partnership and include a variety of organisation size.
Motivational dialogue can help you support others through a process of change.
It is an effective process that can help remove challenges that stand in the way of success for a wide
range of people. It was developed specifically to help learners with significant challenges through
'sticking points' that otherwise prevent them from getting the most from opportunities.
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In this resource, we always refer to the relationship between 'the learner' (client) and 'teacher' (the
motivational dialogue practitioner). However, motivational dialogue can be used to help anyone
overcome attitudinal challenges that are preventing them from progressing.
This online resource can help you:
recognise behavioural clues associated with different stages of change by using the Wheel of
learn about the skills and techniques that you can use to help others through the change
Safeguarding training – FREE!
Do you know that you have a duty of care towards learners on your courses? Does your organisation have
a ‘Safe Learner’ or ‘Safeguarding’ policy? Would you know what to do if a learner disclosed something that
raised a safeguarding issue or who to tell? Are your learners aware of whom your safeguarding officer is?
If you have answered NO to any of these questions, then you need to update your awareness of
Safeguarding. Everyone in your organisation, including you, should have a basic understanding of what
Safeguarding is all about and what to do should an issue arise. On top of this, your organisation should
have policies and procedures in place to protect learners and a named safeguarding officer.
There is lots of Safeguarding training available; you may already have heard of the Derbyshire
Safeguarding Children Board or have previous knowledge of the work carried out in protecting
Vulnerable Adults (VA), such as the Safer Derbyshire network.
BUT you may be thinking that you don’t work with Children or Vulnerable Adults and therefore your
learners aren’t at risk of abuse etc.
Think again; Ofsted now includes Safeguarding as one of the areas it measures when it inspects all
learning provision. You are expected to be able to demonstrate that you are taking appropriate steps
to protect all learners; some of whom may indeed become vulnerable during their time on your course.
There is now FREE online Safeguarding training available from the link below which is accessible to all
staff/volunteers and provides them with a basic understanding of the requirements. This is satisfactory
for the majority of staff but each organisation should also have a nominated Safeguarding officer who
should be trained to Level 2.
To access the training, simply enrol onto the Leadership Learning Environment by creating a new
profile for yourself. Visit www.leadership learning.org.uk and click ‘create new account’. You can then
begin the assessment and gain access to all the resources.
You can also contact LSIS (Learning & Skills Improvement Service) about other safeguarding training on
0207 929 8725 or by emailing email@example.com
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