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EdTech: The nine protected characteristics


This module looks at the issue of reflecting and representing diversity through the lens of the Equality Act 2010's nine protected characteristics.


This module shows you how to design resources that respect the nine protected characteristics.


After completing this module, you will be able to:
- list and explain the importance of the nine protected characteristics
- discuss the issues they raise for the design of learning activities and resources

Digital Teaching Professional Framework

This module covers the EdTech component - F2 : Equality and diversity

  • Address the special needs of individual learners (e.g. dyslexia, ADHD, overachievers) using digital technologies
  • Allow for different learning pathways, levels and speeds when designing, selecting and implementing digital learning activities.
  • Devise individual learning plans and use digital technologies to support these.
  • Adapt communication strategies to the specific audience and be aware of cultural and generational diversity in digital environments
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20th December 2019
Matthew Gordon

Solid enough stuff, though the video ends rather abruptly...and there's a spelling mistake ('Sri Lankan' too. Oops.

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27th March 2020
Chloe Manock

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26th March 2020
David Vincent

Too much in one go, need a break, will redo this section again later

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25th March 2020
dawn goodman

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10th March 2020
samantha williams

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5th March 2020
Peter KIlcoyne

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26th February 2020
Sally Betts

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16th February 2020
Ellen-Alyssa Gambles

Good outline of the 9 protected characteristics

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6th February 2020
Gary Dring

A good, thought-provoking module.

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3rd February 2020
Alistair McNaught

A useful and well-balanced overview of the topic - though I was a little uncertain of the inclusion of the Old English Translator at the top of the links list. I don't think speaking in Old English is yet a right enshrined by law...

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31st January 2020
Andrew Cranmer

I am having difficulty with one of the statements in the find 3 of 6 which a teacher shouldn't challenge question. I am struggling to understand why as a teacher one wouldn't challenge when a student allows their views based on faith or no-faith to affect their reasoning. By definition, reason should be based on logic and therefore supported by evidence. Surely as teachers we should be encouraging students to support their arguments with evidence and not belief. I agree that we shouldn't discriminate against someone based upon religious belief or indeed belittle them because of those beliefs, but surely we should be able to challenge their views especially where there is little or no objective evidence to support that position. What if someone's religious beliefs directly impact upon another protected group or characteristic? In that case I wouldn't challenge their religious belief but I would feel obliged to challenge their assertions and request evidence or proof to uphold that view and would probably provide evidence or proof in the form of a counter-argument.

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27th January 2020
victoria harden

Great, thanks

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23rd January 2020
James Ainsworth

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21st January 2020
Robert Kerr

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