2.4 Explain how to promote anti-discriminatory practice in work with children and young people.
To achieve anti-discriminatory practise you need to promote an equal opportunity to all regardless of age, sex, sexuality, disability, race, religion or any other difference. People form opinion based on their own background and experiences so the first place to start is to consider your own potential prejudice, and to make sure that you take steps to change your thinking in order to fulfil your role in school. When you are working with children it is important to remember that while you should treat children equally, that doesn’t mean that you should treat them the same. They ...view middle of the document...
Having high and clear expectations of the children regarding their attitude to themselves and others teaches them to value both.
To show good anti-discriminatory practise you should focus on ensuring that all children are able to access all aspects of school life, and to work through any barriers that may exist. Children should be able to engage in the work regardless of their abilities and should have any additional resources provided to them. Children of all abilities should be kept with the whole class where possible as they may feel singled out if they are taken out too often. You should always work to instil a positive learning attitude in the children, and encourage them to feel that it is always possible to achieve their best potential. Adapting leaning materials and extra resources available can help less able children to fully access the curriculum. Children should be extra support or time if they need it.
General ideas for prompting anti-discriminatory practise in school that are used in my setting are a variety of resources depicting people with different abilities, cultures, religions and more. This is in posters around school, during circle time and in books. Different religions and cultures are learned about and celebrated. The children are encouraged to answer the register in a different language that they know. There is full disabled access and support. In class we have a number of different resources available to children who have different needs, that they are able to access independently so that they can take charge of their own learning needs. These range from pencil grips, coloured paper, phonic books to assist with reading, large grip and left handed scissors.
2.5 Explain how to challenge discrimination.
All incidents of discrimination must be dealt with quickly, fairly and consistently in school and they will need to be formally recorded and reported to the head teacher. When a child is responsible for the discrimination they must be made aware that what they have said or done is not acceptable, and they should be made to understand the implication of what they have said. You should however remember that especially in the case of younger children it is possible that they have repeated something that they have heard and may not understand either the word, or action, or its meaning. The child should also be reminded about the school rules and that they should treat everyone with respect. The child who is the victim should be treated with...