Current Legislative Requirements

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Theory Question 2:
Summarise the key aspects of current legislative requirements and codes of practice relevant to your subject and type of organisation within which you work.
In future, I would like to teach a group of children in a primary or a secondary school. So, the current legislative requirements and codes of practice relevant to my subject area are as follows: The Children Act 2004 (also known as ‘Every Child Matters’) is specifically aimed at children, young people and vulnerable adults, but many of its provisions are widely applicable (its key aims are: be healthy, stay safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic well-being) to all of its teaching courses. Ann Gravells summarises some of the other relevant primary legislation, much of it dealing with equality, diversity and inclusivity (Gravells, 2008: p19). This includes: The Equality Act (2010) which aims to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society. The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) (2005) requires that all learners must be given the necessary adaptations to allow them to participate fully in their learning. The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (2001) (SENDA) amended the DDA to bring education specifically within its remit. The Data Protection Act (1998) has important implications for record keeping, particularly disclosure, which are relevant to individual teachers and learners. The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) imposes obligations throughout the workplace on the organisation, managers, and teaching and other staff. All are required to take responsibility for the health and safety of themselves and others ( learners) commensurate with their position and responsibility. The Protection of Children Act (1999) creates a system for identifying persons considered to be unsuitable to work with children. It introduces...
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