So what does treating people equally actually mean?
To treat people equally means that you treat everyone the same regardless of their race, sex, social status, disability, religion, or anything else.
We are all different, each of us, which is excellent! However, sometimes people can be harsh and unpleasant to someone other than them; this could be as small as ignoring them to violence and discrimination, which would not be considered to treat someone equally.
What is the difference between treating people equally and treating people fairly?
- Doing the same thing for everyone means treating people equally.
- Doing the right thing for that person, so you are meeting their individual needs, means treating people fairly,
Sometimes in school or learning environments, treating people somewhat, rather than equally, is much better because not all pupils, teachers, parents, and carers need the same thing. So it may be fairer not to treat people equally depending on their needs.
What can you do to treat people equally:
Here you can find some tips and examples on how to treat everyone equally. It is also about being kind and respectful to others!
- Encourage children to stand up for a friend if someone calls them names!
- Encourage all children to follow the rules and make sure the rules are the same for everyone
- Sharing things with others is an excellent way of encouraging equality and fairness
- Promote equality and diversity in the classroom or learning environment
- Use a variety of teaching and assessment methods, so you can find something to suit everyone
- Give all students equal opportunities and equal opportunities to participate
- Plan lessons to reflect diversity and equality and represent multiculturalism
- Ensure that all learning resources promote equality and diversity and that no learning material discriminates against someone.