Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

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In this assignment I will explore the responsibilities, roles and the building of relationships as a teacher to adults in a college environment. When thinking about what a teacher’s responsibilities and roles are, not only do you have codes of practice and extensive legislative requirements but you also have your own professional duties as a teacher. A legislative requirement is a duty to act according to the law and a code of practice is a set of rules outlining how a person in a particular profession is expected to behave. There are so many legislation's and codes of practice that everyone must follow but a few important examples are: ‘The Data Protection Act (1998 amended 2003) made provision for the regulation of the processing of information relating to individuals, including the obtaining, holding, use or disclosure of such information.’ (Gravells, 2011: 16). The Equality Act (2006 enhanced 2010) It ‘aims to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build a good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society.’ (Gravells, 2008:19) ‘The Act was further enhanced in 2010 to bring disability, sex, race and other grounds of discrimination within one piece of legislation.’ (Gravells, 2011: 48). ‘Equality is about the rights of learners to have access to, attend and participate in their chosen learning experience’ and ‘diversity is about valuing and respecting the difference in learners.’ (Gravells, 2011: 47). I need to make sure that I stay positive in all aspects of equality and diversity. I must respect every learner and their views and beliefs regardless of race, gender, religion, disability and sexual orientation. My own personal views or thoughts should not affect the way that I teach.

As a teacher I have many roles and responsibilities. Being a teacher is not just about teaching your students, it is also about being a role model and encouraging students with all aspects of learning....