EQUALITY & ME


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Further to graduating from Napier University, Edinburgh and Trinity College of Music London, I have successfully achieved a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the Institute of Education and Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). I have additionally achieved Edexcel BTEC Award in Management, Edexcel NVQ in Management, The Pacific Institute Facilitator for PX2 PROGRAM and Facilitator for the Investment in Excellence certification and the American Express Europe Limited – ICP (Instructors Certificate). Within the next month i will complete PRINCE2.

· Experience of designing and delivering training events for a variety of adult audiences and

· Experience of managing projects or programmes of work

I have a strong track record of progressing equality and diversity initiatives for staff and students in a broad range of educational settings and a wealth of experience delivering training, teaching and learning to a wide age group in a variety of contexts; both academic and corporate. This is evident in my extensive employment history as a teacher, as a personal and professional development facilitator, Learning and Development Coordinator, Head of Department within Further Education and now, within my current roles of Course Leader and Equality and Diversity Coordinator.

My program design and delivery style are always student-centred, inclusive, supportive and encourage participants to reflect and develop as independent agents of change, no matter what their role may be within an organisation.

· Knowledge of Human Rights Education concepts, principles and good practice

· Creativity, ability to innovate

Currently, within the capacity of Equality & Diversity Coordinator at Sparsholt College, which delivers FE and HE courses, I am responsible for devising and delivering an inspiring and timely equality and diversity initiative, the RESPECT TUTORIAL PROGRAM; a 2-Unit (15 Part) tutorial and Tutor Forum program, based upon the EQUALITY ACT 2010, which offers opportunities for staff and students to explore and celebrate their own uniqueness and which creates a forum for the development of real and measurable cultural enhancement.

Each short module contains a variety of INTERACTIVE and ADAPTABLE activity options which can be modified and delivered at a level suitable for all learners; to suit individual teaching styles and environments. This program forms the foundations of the larger RESPECT CAMPAIGN, a cross-departmental Pro-Equality initiative to engage with the local community throughout the academic year, culminating in a community-wide festival in the Summer Term.

UNIT ONE is in 5 parts and is an introduction to key terms and concepts: A.FEELINGS & EMPATHY, B. ACTIONS & CONSEQUENCES, C. STEREOTYPING & LIMITING LABELLING, D. DIVERSITY & DISCRIMINATION and E. HARASSMENT & VICTIMISATION.

UNIT TWO is in 10 parts as follows:

A. Introducing the EQUALITY ACT 2010 – What it means for YOU (Interactive exploration to illustrate how the Act affects us all) and B. – J. Each covering a “Protected Characteristic” and designed to be delivered at a time to coincide with national or international days in the Diversity Calendar.

Excellent organisational and project management skills
The entire program has been successfully delivered within a tutorial setting but modifications to suit business aims have led to the offer of an alternative delivery of the introductory modules, with UNIT ONE to be delivered during Induction Week by E & D Staff to combined Tutorial Groups and their respective Tutors. This has several benefits including, encouraging a sense of community amongst the student body, covering key concepts in a fast-paced, fun and interactive way, ensuring a standardised delivery, and providing a clear statement to new students that equality and diversity are central to the college’s mission.

Beyond devising this program and delivering weekly training to relevant staff, I have been additionally charged with the creation of training for Business Staff and the Induction of new permanent staff. This has involved devising and delivering interactive training on a range of equality related topics such as Achieving Authenticity and Active Citizenship, in which all academic staff explored the concept of limiting labelling from a personal perspective and then reflected on how this may impact upon their interaction with individual learners. Sharing Good Practice events have included combined training sessions with Business and Academic Staff in which mixed teams were led towards discussion on Policy and Procedure regarding tackling challenging behaviours including bullying and harassment.

This interdepartmental initiative has greatly benefitted from the insight and recommendations of staff, from a range of areas, who were able to share strategies and offer suggested solutions to any conduct and performance issues that may arise.

This role has grown to include the selection and coordination of RESPECT student and staff Ambassadors who support the promotion of all equality initiatives and events and over the last three academic years I have run cross-departmental events which have benefited numerous charities; notably an annual Pro-Equality Festival.

Ability to plan, monitor and evaluate

As a teacher within Secondary and Further Education, my non-negotiable obligation towards the effective education of ALL learners included planning Schemes of Work for each topic, writing individual Lesson Plans which considered the use of ICT/ILT and creation of differentiated resources depending upon the benefit that these would bring to the range of students; formal and informal assessment to monitor the progress or barriers to progress and evaluation of achievement and the possible requirement to modify design or delivery to improve the learning outcomes for all participants.

In response to initial delivery, there is now a drive towards further developing the RESPECT Program and though the detailed gathering of stakeholder feedback, the focus is set to be tailored for specific learner groups and to be broader in delivery; including the sourcing of speakers, workshop providers, the development of easily accessible E & D Resources and the establishment of Peer Mentoring.

In terms of analysis and evaluation, I have been responsible for the gathering of staff and student feedback both during and at the end of course delivery. This has been analysed and changes implemented as a result; since stakeholder insight is vital to the ongoing growth and success of cultural change training and all other initiatives.

This Quality aspect to my role is vital in understanding the statistical shifts in enrolment, retention achievement and progression. Additionally, I have had the responsibility of leading and managing curriculum and self and team critical’ course review processes within the annual cycle of self-assessment. Keeping courses relevant and up to date requires continued research and analysis of social, cultural, political and subject specific information so that training is a positive experience and so that differentiated resources can be maintained as living documents.

· Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups from a range of backgrounds

I am a writer on diversity topics, published in a variety of specialist arenas: http://www.nbiassociates.co.uk/Article-Archive.htmll a speaker on social inequality and an active player in the Equal Love Campaign UK http://equallove.org.uk/, which has challenged UK marriage inequality legislation at the European Court of Human Rights, and as such I have been interviewed on the BBC, LBC, and even Russian Television news about the current marriage equality legislation.

As an equality advocate, I am currently promoting an online campaign to celebrate diversity through video and written stories. The Give ’em Hope Campaign http://www.nbiassociates.co.uk/Give–em-Hope-Campaign.html, founded in 2011, is an inclusive and inspirational celebration of diversity; an online video initiative to encourage and uplift those who feel marginalised, isolated or limited by labels. We exist to bring hope to those who need it most and do so by sharing our stories. The campaign, which tackles the “isms” creatively, has grown, with the support of numerous international cheerleaders and proactive participants and can now be found across most social networks as well as on the official website and youtube channel.

As a motivational speaker, I have spoken at the London Metropolitan Archives, The LGBTQ General Assembly, and have lead Active Citizen workshops at the NUS LGBT Conference. Additionally and perhaps notably, I have shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell at the 2010 NO to Hate Vigil in Trafalgar Square. This annual event, organised by charity 17-24-30, has been a positive response to Hate Crime in the Capital (The Deadliest of Sins speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ng_MwavwEU).

2014 should see the publication of my first book. NEVER BLEND IN is the first in a potential series of books on achieving personal authenticity.

This groundbreaking, inspirational and vital book of exclusive celebrity and deeply personal non-celebrity interviews, is aimed primarily at a young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning audience but will also be of value to educators, parents, family and mental health professionals seeking insight into the LGBTQ experience. Role models from education, entertainment, law enforcement, medical and emergency services, politics, religion and sports have participated in this accessible and much needed discourse to illuminate the reader’s journey of self-discovery and to illustrate that living a life unlimited by labels will lead to personal, professional and spiritual fulfilment.

Whether as a teacher, writer, speaker or personal and professional development facilitator, I have always felt it important to tailor the chosen learning resources and methods of delivery to convey complex and emotional issues in a way which is appropriate to the given audience.

· Ability to deliver inspiring training events to individuals from a range of backgrounds

· Excellent administrative skills, including database skills

Within my career I have been a Learning and Development Coordinator for American Express, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Asia), where key responsibilities, within this role, were coordinating training with recruitment needs; Devising and delivering training on Products, Processes and Systems for New Accounts EMEA; the Creation of learning tools and resources; Staff training and support; Assisting HR colleagues, department heads and line managers in the identification of training and development needs as part of the firm’s performance management process; measuring the effectiveness of training and development in terms of reaction, learning and impact on the commercial success of the firm; developing a proactive L&D team and the development of trainees to support the business objectives.

I have also been Greenwich Theatretrain Franchisee and School Manager. This role involved program planning, Staff and Student Recruitment and Retention, Budget Planning, Accounting, Publicity and Promotion, Project Coordination, Event Management (both large and small scale); the building of Creative Partnerships, Student Welfare and staff/student/parent liaison.

At Greenwich Community College, I was responsible for the coordination and delivery of BTEC FIRST & ND Performing Arts (Musical Theatre); the creation of relevant learning resources; writing Schemes of Work and Assignment Briefs; Internal Verification; Coordination of External Verification. Additionally, this role involved staff recruitment and support; Portfolio Development; Strategy Planning; interdepartmental liaison and coordination with regard to cross-curricular events; student guidance towards entry into Higher Education providing the correct balance of knowledge, skills and experience to audition for Drama School, University or to enter the profession directly.

I manage freelance staff for my company NBI Associates and, as Program Director for this Cultural Enhancement and Diversity Training Company, my principal roles include, creating, coordinating and delivering education programs which utilize Arts and Cognitive Behavioural strategies to encourage personal efficacy, goal setting and to eradicate limiting labels. We support organisations in identifying and recruiting influential change leaders, building and communicating a shared vision, and advise on how to effectively remove obstacles to securing that vision.

Currently at Andover College, my principal roles are as Course Leader; Equality & Diversity Coordinator; and Internal Verifier. Additionally, as lecturer in Personal and Professional Development for NEET Learners, where I work with unemployed adults to develop personal efficacy and, through cognitive behavioural strategies, set short and long-term goals.

· Ability to convey complex and emotional issues in a way which is appropriate to the audience

· Ability to promote AIUK education resources and programmes to maximum effect

My enthusiastic, committed and passionate ethos towards E&D and inclusivity has led to a range of inspirational training sessions for staff in two very different contexts (one a tertiary college and the other a land-based college 15 miles apart). In addition to the well-planned and structured sessions for academic staff, I have responded to the needs of business support staff and delivered a series of differentiated RESPECT sessions, to meet their needs. The impact of the sessions is evident in classroom based activities, tutorials and beyond the classroom. The feedback from this training has been overwhelmingly positive and there is a marked improvement upon retention, achievement and the recruitment for the next academic year.

Understanding and commitment for the aims and objectives of Amnesty
As an educator and as an equality advocate, my mission has always been to promote an awareness that there is value in protecting dignity and in defending human rights; in developing personal efficacy and empowering individuals and groups, students and colleagues, to value themselves and each other and to consciously weave human rights principles into their own personal and professional lives in terms of words and actions, as a means to ensuring that dignity is afforded to all who belong to their community and that respect for differences is not just valued but celebrated.

I have a keen eye on injustice and an awareness of the subtle prejudices which can create professional discomfort and personal distress. The only meaningful purpose to life is to have a significantly positive influence upon the well-being and sense of dignity that is experienced by our fellow man and as such I am passionately committed to promoting the individual, social and wider, far-reaching benefits of AIUK education resources and programmes.

This opportunity to play a significant part in raising an awareness of the importance of human rights education as a means to protecting and promoting human rights would bring together all of my previously developed knowledge, skills and understanding from a varied and rich career in which I have always endeavoured to utilise creative and innovative strategies to promote shared ownership of cultural enhancement and encourage community cohesion.

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CONTACT DAVID E WATTERS:
DavidWatters@nbiassociates.co.uk

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About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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