As a teacher I must ensure that current legislative requirements are met. Gravells (2008) states that there is legislation that applies to the entire lifelong learning sector. There are also areas of legislation that apply to particular courses. This paper explains the general areas relevant to me and the areas I must also consider in teaching Business Administration and Planning.
Legislation Relevant to the Lifelong Learning Sector
Although ECM refers to learners to the age of 19, OFSTED applies it to the performance of FE colleges. The Protection of Children Act 1999 legislates that teachers must have current Enhanced Disclosure checks by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).
The Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988 and The Data Protection Act 1998 also apply. Human Rights, Diversity and Equality
The six areas of diversity in law are disability, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation and religion / belief. Discrimination is forbidden in these areas by legislation including: •Sex Discrimination Act 1975
•Race Relations Act 1976 (amended 2000)
•Human Rights Act 1998
•Equal Opportunities Act 2004
•DDA – Disability & Discrimination Act 1995
•DDA Part 4 Code of Practice 1995
•SENDA – Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 Health and Safety
Petty (2009) confirms that the sector has a responsibility to provide a safe environment for learners. This is also where specific needs for specific courses arise.
Generally, the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, RIDDOR – Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 and the Management of the Health & Safety at Work Act always apply. For Business Administration and Planning
The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 is an example of HSE legislation relevant to my own area.
Conversely the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 and COSHH – Control of Substances Hazardous to Health...