Hello lovely people. I’m on the diversity committee at a college in the UK and a question arose at today’s meeting. I’d be interested to gather feedback from you and would appreciate your opinions and insight. The college are required to gather information on students regarding various characteristics (much like job applications currently do). The information is to inform, statistically , on percentages of LGBT, Transgender, religious learners as well as their cultural backgrounds and any declared disabilities. Within education it can be useful to see if certain groups achieve better/worse so that analysis can be made to prompt improvement in provision. Currently boys with declared disabilities outperform other male learners, for example. This is believed to be because learning support was successful in providing the previously disadvantaged students with the tools to achieve. Is there any reason for a college to know about the sexuality or gender identity of a learner? What benefits might there be or disadvantages? Please let me know your thoughts on this. Lastly, would such a survey provide more accurate statistics if students were asked to complete it anonymously?
STUDENT SEXUALITY SURVEYS…your thoughts please
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