In my role of college lecture at College of Further Education, I work with learners aged 17+. There are many legislations that I have to be aware of, it is important that I keep up to date with these legislations and part of my responsibility is to make sure that they are being adhered to and that I know what procedure to follow if this is not the case. The following factors have been implemented in order that there are guidelines in place, it also helps protect staff and learners while in a teaching environment – these include: Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) – all workers have a right to work in places where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. Health and safety is about stopping you from getting hurt at work or ill through work. Your employer is responsible for health and safety at your work but you must help to comply with this. Minton (1991) states that ‘As a teacher your responsibility for the safety of your students is a legal requirement’. This legal requirement extends to the safeguarding from suspected abuse of young people or vulnerable adults and also the abuse covered in physical, sexual, emotional bullying, discrimination and neglect. Which all form part of both the Sex Discrimination Act (1975) and the Race Relations Act (2006), where ever there are groups of people gathering in a class situation they can be vulnerable to discrimination. As a teacher I need to be aware of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (2001) as it is unlawful to discriminate against a disabled or special needs person that you are teaching. They should
be taught the same as everyone else and not be excluded in any school activities. I am also aware of the Data Protection Act (1998) – which contains 8 principles; these specify that personal data must be: -
Processed fairly and lawfully
Obtained for specified and lawful purposes
Adequate, relevant and not excessive
Accurate and up to date
Not kept any longer than necessary...
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