For the past 25 years I have primarily been a mother – active in all aspects of my children's lives and promoting a good and sound education – key aspects in their upbringing has been to ensure that they have all been treated equally, and that their opinions and preferences have been valued no matter how diverse. Returning to study in 2006 I attained qualifications in Interior Design - I then continued my studies and gained a Foundation Degree in Architectural Technology and Interior Design – Merit. Throughout all my studies I have found that I have acted many times as a facilitator – helping fellow students who were struggling with their research, assignments and even coaching them through complex programmes used within architectural and interior design practice.
Key aspects of legislation, regulatory requirements and code of practice are paramount for any teacher and a great understanding of each is required to ensure that the teaching/learning cycle is a structured process which is delivered within all legislative and regulatory procedures.
To ensure learners are able to work in a safe environment knowledge of the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) is necessary – as a teacher I would demonstrate a model of best practice for all learners and lead by example.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999) is primarily to prevent any unsafe practice within the work place – and learning environment – and to minimise any risks. A Risk Assessment would be carried out to ensure the safety of all learners – i.e. Within the realms of teaching many aspects of interior design would involve the use of various machines and chemicals i.e. Paints, varnishes and their counterparts.
The Equality Act (2010) would ensure that all learners are treated fairly regardless of race, religion, gender etc. "if people are not able to reach their full potential, the economy suffers" (Gov.uk) 2013.
Enforcing a Code of Practice is to ensure standards of professionalism at all times – and that all Acts and Regulations are adhered on a day to day basis – it would also ensure and promote the Data Protection of all learners.
To promote equality and value diversity for all learners my responsibilities would be thus:- to treat everyone equally and fairly – this is linked directly to legislation and guidelines – ensuring a learners welfare would be to ensure that together we are driving the initiative.
To value diversity within a teaching role would be to value all difference between individuals and therefore ensuring they are all included in all aspects of the teaching/learning process and that they are all comfortable and prepared for the tasks they need to undertake e.g. I would have to ensure that learners tastes and preferences for colour and design styles are not ridiculed – there is obviously no right or wrong where preference is concerned i.e. There is no accounting for taste!
My own role and responsibilities within the lifelong learning sector would be to encourage all learners within the task at hand – to ensure that all learners leave each teaching session having learnt something new be it a historical reference or that they have learnt a new technique e.g. Paint effects – it is also my responsibility as a facilitator to ensure their safety and that they fully understand how to either research the historical references or perform relevant tasks undertaken within the teaching environment on their own. As part of my role I would be an enforcer of practical tasks – ensuring that all learners are aware of tools/materials needed for each teaching session – and to be prepared to do "refresher" sessions when needed – some learners will be able to perform tasks immediately other learners will require repetition – this will bring to the fore promotion of equality and diversity – while ensuring that learners who are able...