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Self-Assessment Activities

Select one or more of the activities below to focus your attention on equality and diversity issues within your role and put into practice some of your learning from the module.

1. Understanding discrimination

Select some of the key points and approaches from this module that you feel are important in ensuring you create a positive learning environment that is free of discrimination and respectful of all learners’ social identities.

Make a commitment to consider these points and approaches in relation to all aspects of your role with learners.

List some of the advantages and challenges you encountered from your approach.

2. The legal framework

Test yourself on how much you know and understand the legal framework. Answers are to be found at the end of the quiz.

1. From the end of 2007, UK legislation offers protection against discrimination in which of the following areas?
a. age
b. disability
c. gender
d. religion
e. race/ethnicity/nationality
f. sexual orientation
g. class.

2. The concept of a ’reasonable adjustment’ to a job for a disabled employee or potential employee means that:
a. employers now have to invest a lot of extra money on disabled employees
b. employers must explore the possibility of making a reasonable adjustment, if this would enable a disabled person to do a job
c. all disabled people who apply for a position must be interviewed
d. employers have to employ a 3% quota of disabled employees.

3. On average, what proportion of patients, service users and visitors to a hospital are disabled?
a. 7%
b. 14%
c. 33%
d. 55%

4. Age discrimination legislation means that:
a. employers can no longer make anyone retire
b. employers can set a normal retirement age, and an employee can request to work beyond this
c. each employee can select their own retirement age.

5. A Gender Equality Scheme is:
a. a document that all public bodies must produce and update at least every three years
b. a document that is produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission
c. a document that explains how an organisation intends to fulfil its duty to achieve gender equality in employment and service delivery
d. a document that sets out gender quotas for staff employment.

6. A racist incident is:
a. any incident that is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person
b. any incident where racist intention can be demonstrated
c. any incident where two people of different races are involved and there is a disagreement.

7. Protection against religious discrimination at work means:
a. you should not be subjected to harassment on the basis of your religion
b. your employer should offer you a uniform which allows you to follow the dress code of your religion, unless there is a clear health and safety conflict
c. you do not have to treat lesbian or gay patients if your religious beliefs mean that you believe their way of life is wrong
d. you have the right to practise your faith whenever necessary while at work and your employer must make provision for this.

8. If people of a specific gender or ethnicity are under-represented in a particular job or grade, an employer can undertake positive action. This means:
a. people from the over-represented sex or ethnicity can be barred from applying for vacancies or promotion to those jobs
b. training or development opportunities can be targeted at people from the under-represented group
c. if there is a choice between two equally qualified candidates, the person from the under-represented group will get the job.

9. Monitoring of patients, student and staff by gender, ethnicity and disability is necessary because:
a. it provides data for improving services and redressing inequality
b. it means the Deanery has fulfilled its duty under the Race Relations Amendment Act
c. it is part of a wider legal requirement under the general duties for public bodies.


Answers – how did you do? (this should come up in a pop-up window)
1. All options except g.
2. b.
3. c.
4. b.
5. a. and c.
6. a.
7. a. and b.
8. b.
9. a. and c.

3. Your organisation’s approach to equality and diversity

You need to ensure that you are familiar with your own organisation’s policies and procedures regarding equality and diversity and dealing with discrimination.

Find out what the policies say and consider how they relate to your role.

If a learner reported an incidence of discrimination to you, what action would you be required to take to ensure you dealt with the issue in a sensitive manner and also followed your organisation’s approach?