Evaluate own role and responsibilities in lifelong learning
1/1.3 As a driving instructor my role is a varied one. My roles include: assessor, coach, counsellor, facilitator, instructor, and presenter, amongst others. Each of these roles comes with its own responsibilities. ‘Acting within professional codes’ for example, involves knowledge of the Code of Professional Practice (2008) which was introduced by the Institute for Learning, to cover the activities of teachers in the Lifelong Sector. The code is based on seven behaviours: professional integrity, respect, reasonable care, professional practice, criminal offence disclosure, responsibility during institute investigations and responsibility. Additional responsibilities include adhering to and maintaining knowledge of current legislation with regard to the Equality Act 2006 which covers 6 ‘strands’ – age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief and sexual orientation. The Protection of Children Act 1999, the Human Rights Act 1998, Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, Data Protection Act 1998 as well as all relevant Health and Safety issues.(Health and Safety at Work Act 1974). "The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, also referred to as HASAW or HSW, is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in the United Kingdom." The Health and Safety at Work Act web site. Accessed 5/11/2012 (hse.gov.uk/legislation/hswa.htm)
I must also conform and trade under the boundaries of the Equality Act 2010. Within my role as a driving instructor I must not discriminate against any sex, age, gender, ability, or people with disabilities. "The Equality Act 2010 is the law which bans unfair treatment and helps achieve equal opportunities in the workplace and in wider society." Referencing from Home Office web site 2012 (homeoffice.gov.uk/equalities/equality-act/)
I’m going to focus a little more on two of these roles: Coaching and mentoring....
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