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ERIC Number: EJ877392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Valuing Difference?
Watters, Kate
Adults Learning, v16 n8 p28 Apr 2005
How well are adult and community learning providers doing when it comes to ensuring equality of opportunity (EO) and valuing diversity? Many are in transition from a defensive position of emphasising legal compliance towards making respect for diversity intrinsic to their strategic aims, plans and actions, according to the February edition of "Talisman," the Adult Learning Inspectorate's newsletter. Unlike other inspection services, the ALI gives a separate "contributory" grade for EO, when making judgements about leadership and management. Inspectors consider "the extent to which EO is promoted and discrimination tackled, so that all learners can achieve their potential" and evaluate "how well the programmes and activities meet the needs and interests of learners." After a disappointing first year, inspection grades for equality of opportunity in adult and community learning are improving significantly. In this article, the author discusses the factors that have contributed to this success. The author features Lancashire LEA, the first local authority to be awarded a Grade 1--"outstanding"--for EO for their very good learner support, good implementation of comprehensive equality of opportunity policies and procedures, and their particularly effective implementation of strategies to promote learning to under-represented groups. The keys to Lancashire's success are presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom