Equality in Second-level Schools: A Training Manual for Educators and Trainers
This resource is based on training delivered to second-level teachers. The training manual is designed to support second-level teachers and trainers to use equality-based teaching resources across the curricula to explore and take action on equality, human rights and social justice issues.
This resource is based on two and a half days of training delivered to second-level teachers on how to guide discussion and take action on equality in the curriculum and the school. Suggestions on delivering the activities over a longer period (evenings or shorter sections over a longer period of time) are suggested.
The activities and resources provide ideas and methodologies to engage students in discussing and taking action on equality, human rights and social justice issues in the classroom, the school and the community. These include issues relating to the 9 equality grounds in Irish equality legislation: gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race and the Traveller community.
Exploring and taking action in these areas supports the development of key skills across curricula including critical and creative thinking, communication, active citizenship and working together.
This resource includes a focus on using existing curriculum based resources in order to:
- explore equality, human rights and social justice issues with students in the classroom
- work with students to take action on equality, human rights and social justice issues
- take a whole-school approach to equality, human rights and social justice education, and
- help students develop skills such as critical and creative thinking, communication, active citizenship and working together.
Expected learning outcomes:
- understanding and knowledge of equality,
- understanding of the link between equality and human rights standards,
- understanding of the process involved in supporting students to engage critically and creatively
- with equality, human rights and social justice issues in the classroom,
- tools and techniques to deal with controversial issues,
- tools and techniques to encourage a whole-school approach to equality, human rights and social
- justice issues, and
- awareness of the range of relevant curriculum resources available.
The manual is designed to be user friendly and each of the training sections comprises a number of activities. Each activity is presented under the following headings:
- key learning points
- materials required
- time required
This resource includes:
- educator-friendly layout and presentation of information
- tips and notes for trainers
- a wide mix of methodologies and learning approaches
- 13 worksheets that are photocopy-friendly
- a vast and thorough annotated collection of teaching and learning resources with teaching aids, videos, documentaries, websites and video clips
Section 1: Preparation
Section 2: Training Day 1
Activity 1. Introductions
Activity 2. Creating a Conducive Learning Climate
Activity 3. Personal Identity
Activity 4. How we see Other People’s Identity
Activity 5. More than a Single Story – The Impact of Stereotyping
Activity 6. Introducing the Concept of Equality and Considering Issues Using an Equality and Human Rights Lens
Activity 7. Methodologies for Teaching about Equality
Activity 8. Planning for Equality and Human Rights
Activity 9. Closing and Evaluation
Section 3: Training Day 2
Activity 10. Introduction and Learning Environment
Activity 11. Classroom Practice – Equality of Participation
Activity 12. Sharing Practice
Activity 13. Opportunities for Teaching About Equality and Human Rights
Across the Curriculum
Activity 14. Equality – Respect and Recognition: Debating the Issues
Activity 15. Clarifying Values and Goals
Activity 16. Teacher’s Stance
Activity 17. Classroom Practice that Promotes Equality and Human Rights
Activity 18. Action in the School
Activity 19. How School Policies Promote Equality and Human Rights
Activity 20. What Students Learn
Activity 21. Evaluation and Review
Section 4: Resources
Appendix: SPHE Curriculum – Primary
Production note: this resource was developed with the extensive assistance of a large advisory council of practitioners and educationalists and based on a range of well-established human rights and citizenship education resources.