Equalities Toolkit blogs http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/blog en The Identities Programme at The Northern College 2015 http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/identities-programme-northern-college-2015 <p>Last year, as The EDIF2013-14 Diversity Programme drew to a close, we knew it wasn't over. &nbsp;Our thinking continued over the summer, and we were delighted to be able to continue the work into 2015. &nbsp;Here is what we learned from The Identities Project:</p> <h1><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 28px; font-weight: bold;">IDENTITIES FINAL REPORT</span><strong>&nbsp;</strong></h1> <div class="entry-content"> <blockquote><a href="http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/sites/default/files/nc-ecu-final-report.docx" title="Link on this website to the Northern College Identities Programme (2014/15) Final Report "><strong style="line-height: 21px; background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.0901961);"><img src="/sites/default/files/NC_ECU_Identities_cover.png" alt="Screenshot showing the front cover of the final report of The Northern College Identities Programme (2014/15) one of the Skills Funding Agency/ECU Good Practice fund Projects (2014/15)" title="Equality and Diversity Good Practice Fund (2014/15) Northern College Identities Project Final Report" style="float: right; border: 1px solid black; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px;" height="419" width="298" /></strong></a> <p><strong>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m a different teacher now.&nbsp; I resist the labels; the pigeon-holing; the merging of &lsquo;equality and<br />diversity&rsquo; into something meaningless, about ticking a box.&nbsp; As Audre Lorde said &lsquo;There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, because we do not live single-issue lives.&rsquo;&rdquo;</strong></p> </blockquote> <p style="text-align: right;"><strong>Identities Programme participant</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/identities-programme-northern-college-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/identities-programme-northern-college-2015#comments Guest Blog item Social justice and inclusion EDIF project Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:27:23 +0000 Lou Mycroft 1950 at http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com EDIF Dissemination Days http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/edif-dissemination-days <p>These&nbsp;Dissemination Days&nbsp;enabled us to showcase&nbsp;our&nbsp;project involving working with&nbsp;young people from the Havering College LGBT social &amp; support group and Newham PARIS LGBT youth group. Three&nbsp;young people came along to these events&nbsp;with Margo Lindsay and I (Havering College) and Dawn Ballinger (Newham PARIS Youth Group). We displayed our project work&nbsp;and our young people spoke with several people from various other&nbsp;projects and also participated with 'views from learners' feedback at the end of each event.</p> <p>Jay, one of our students, sang her original song for the audience, which she wrote about her experience as a young LGBT person. This can still be found as an attachment in one of my earlier blogs.</p> <p>The&nbsp;young people&nbsp;involved&nbsp;have said they found&nbsp;the whole experience extremely positive and have gained new skills and confidence.</p> <p>We will continue to:</p> <ul> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Raise awareness of LGBT issues within Havering College, as well as the wider community&nbsp;</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Promote Havering College&nbsp;as an LGBT friendly College </span></li> <li><span style="font-size: small;">Develop our work with LGBT young people. </span></li> </ul> <p>Our networking with Newham PARIS Youth Group is on-going and going from strength to strength.</p> <p>I have attached photos from 2 of the Dissemination days.</p> <p>Many thanks to Catina from us all! :)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/edif-dissemination-days#comments Sexual orientation Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:52:09 +0000 Lorri Garnell 1830 at http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com Further Tutor Observers Training http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/further-tutor-observers-training <p>My colleague Sarah Budd and&nbsp;I&nbsp;ran another Challenging Homophobic Langauge and Behaviour Training workshop for a group of 12&nbsp;Tutor Observers on 27/08/14. This was well received and all staff engaged with the training session, which was aimed at ensuring all language used in the classroom&nbsp;is inclusive and tutors do not assume heterosexuality within groups of students.</p> <p>The session was interactive and&nbsp;it gave staff the opportunity&nbsp;to speak openly about LGBT issues.</p> <p>All training materials and handouts&nbsp;were emailed to each staff member, as well as a Tutor Observers checklist for their use during observation sessions.</p> <p>We aim to offer further training on the next Staff Development Day in October 2014</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/further-tutor-observers-training#comments EDIF project Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:19:46 +0000 Lorri Garnell 1827 at http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com Promoting Havering College at London Pride 2014 http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/promoting-havering-college-london-pride-2014 <p>The Pride&nbsp;event was attended by 15 young people, who were a combination of both LGBT groups of young people&nbsp;from Havering College&nbsp;and Newham PARIS group.</p> <p>The College students wore the t-shirts with&nbsp;an original&nbsp;printed design on each, which advertised the College student social and support group.</p> <p>These t-shirts actively promoted Havering College as an LGBT friendly place to study and several&nbsp;people&nbsp;commented on&nbsp;the&nbsp; design and asked the students questions about what it represented.</p> <p>One student&nbsp;took part in&nbsp;the celebration by&nbsp;joining the parade and some photos of the students&nbsp;were put on the official Pride website.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/promoting-havering-college-london-pride-2014#comments Sexual orientation Fri, 05 Sep 2014 12:23:28 +0000 Lorri Garnell 1823 at http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com Feedback from our Learners http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/feedback-our-learners <h4 align="center">Start Living (a Mindful Life): End of course feedback from learners (2014)</h4> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Very informative and helpful.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The course taught me how to use mindfulness when my mind wanted to punish me for things that happened years ago&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Fantastic course. I have gained confidence and have come off my medication for anxiety&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Valuable tools I will have forever. Thank you so much.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Nice and friendly atmosphere&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Thank you for so much positivity and calm. What a fab course!&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Excellent course &ndash; thanks.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Made me want to change&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Since starting mindfulness I have not been to the doctors!&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It is so nice to be able to go out of my front door without worrying about what might happen&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I found having teachers who have been through issues themselves made the course more meaningful.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;An alternative way of thinking and helping to cope with thoughts and anxiety&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;After this course I am looking forward to doing more.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Made me feel more at peace with myself&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Well done guys keep up the excellent work in helping others.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Very well presented and run as it is on a very easy to deal with level.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Knowing it works makes you keep at it.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Good to know I am not alone or unusual.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Opened my eyes to controlling my mind rather than it controlling me!&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Found Mark an excellent tutor and really enjoyed sharing ideas.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Given me the courage to volunteer and go back into the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Now recommending mindfulness to other people with depression.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/feedback-our-learners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/feedback-our-learners#comments EDIF project Tue, 05 Aug 2014 07:21:21 +0000 angelaw 1583 at http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com Mindfulness for Recovery - The Project Impact summary figures http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/mindfulness-recovery-project-impact-summary-figures <p align="center">Start Living (a Mindful Life)Feedback data analysis. &nbsp;</p> <p>This analysis relates to exit feedback questionnaires from learners attending mindfulness courses between January and July 2014. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Percentage of students who declared that they had -</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Some benefit from the course &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;100%</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Significant benefit from the course&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 83%</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Profound benefit from the course&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 22%</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>More positive in outlook &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 94%</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Less anxious, depressed, stressed &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 89%</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gained in confidence &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 87%</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ready to take on new challenges&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 84%</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Family and friends noticing improvement &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;71%</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Improved coping mechanisms &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;93%</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/mindfulness-recovery-project-impact-summary-figures" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/mindfulness-recovery-project-impact-summary-figures#comments EDIF project Tue, 05 Aug 2014 07:17:08 +0000 angelaw 1582 at http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com The End and The Beginning http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/end-and-beginning <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">Hi once again,<br />And so it ends - and what a wonderful journey it has been. As&nbsp;Angela and I&nbsp;sit here collating the final outcome statistics and learner comments,&nbsp;we genuinely feel humbled by the whole experience.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">Ten months has produced so much; classes which total&nbsp;over a hundred learners a week, two newspaper articles featuring our story, so many wonderful new NIACE<sup class="glossary-indicator" title="The former National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) was a charity, set up in 1921 as the British Institute of Adult Education (BIAE). NIACE merged with the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) on 1 January 2016 to become Learning and Work Institute. For more information visit Learning and Work Institute website: www.learningandwork.org.uk "><a href="/glossary/term/14" title="The former National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) was a charity, set up in 1921 as the British Institute of Adult Education (BIAE). NIACE merged with the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) on 1 January 2016 to become Learning and Work Institute. For more information visit Learning and Work Institute website: www.learningandwork.org.uk " class="glossary-indicator">definition</a></sup> friends and best of all, learners who report that their lives have been literally turned around by Mindfulness. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><br /><br />But we also get the feeling of a new beginning. <br /><br />As a result of this project, we have now made new links and re-inforced old ones&nbsp;with various partners within the community. For example,&nbsp;links with general practitioners, NHS<sup class="glossary-indicator" title="National Health Service – the UK health care system. "><a href="/glossary/term/213" title="National Health Service – the UK health care system. " class="glossary-indicator">definition</a></sup> recovery teams, York Carers, York Mind,&nbsp;Job Centre Plus&nbsp;and many, many more. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">These partners now refer learners to us who need Mindfulness to help with their various mental health difficulties that cannot be met swiftly through the NHS. We are achieving equality objectives because they cannot afford private psychiatric interventions, but are genuinely being turned around through the powers of Mindfulness and also, interaction with like-minded people. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"></span></p> <p><a href="http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/end-and-beginning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/end-and-beginning#comments EDIF project Mon, 04 Aug 2014 19:40:14 +0000 mindfulmark 1581 at http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com EmployAble - A working success http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/employable-working-success <p>EmployAble has delivered 8 paid&nbsp;jobs places&nbsp;for learners with disabilities over the past year. We have exceeded our project target of 5 paid placements and are extremely pleased with the resposes from employers to the EmployAble scheme.</p> <p>Cody Gingam is one of the students to gain a plaid job at the Quality Assurance Agency in Cheltenham. She also won the college award for Work Skills this year. This articlae appeared in the Stroud News yesterday.</p> <p><img width="120" height="120" title="Work Skills mployAble award winner" alt="Work Skills Award Winner" src="/sites/default/files/medium_IMG_1800.JPG" /></p> http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/employable-working-success#comments Disabled learners, as defined by the Equality Act 2010, and those who have special educational needs Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:27:39 +0000 National Star College 1578 at http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com Belief in a Career National Careers Service http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/belief-career-national-careers-service-4 <p>I've created a Word Cloud based on the Belief in a Career project page:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p><a href="http://worditout.com/word-cloud/452425">http://worditout.com/word-cloud/452425</a></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>I've found it a good way to reflect on the project: the challenges we faced and also the successes. A great experience.</p> http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/belief-career-national-careers-service-4#comments Religion/belief and non-belief Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:12:55 +0000 Michaela Moher 1574 at http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com Master class in lesson planning to deliver EDI within work-based learning http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/master-class-lesson-planning-deliver-edi-within-work-based-learning-0 <p>Have just finalised our project page and uploaded all our materials, I hope they are useful to other project members</p> <p>Natalie&nbsp;</p> http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/master-class-lesson-planning-deliver-edi-within-work-based-learning-0#comments EDIF project Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:48:43 +0000 NTNEDI 1571 at http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com