Summarise the key aspects of current legislative requirements and codes of practice relevant to your subject and the type of organisation within which you would like to work.
It is important to recognise the difference between legislation and codes of practice. Legislation defines, often broad, fundamentally binding responsibilities of teachers, organisations, and individuals. These have affect at the statutory level. Codes of practice represent attempts by organisations to interpret these statutory responsibilities to create clearly defined working guidelines, which can be understood and implemented on a practical level.
There is a variety of legislation, which defines the responsibilities of teachers/trainers and organisations, participating in the lifelong learning sector.
Key legislation with broad implications is reviewed below. These various acts are clearly related to fundamental issues of disability discrimination, sex discrimination, racial discrimination, health and safety at work, child protection, data protection, human rights, inclusion, equality, diversity, and entitlement. A working knowledge of these acts is important to help identify major areas of responsibility and issues of concern, for teachers and organisations active in the lifelong learning sector. An important legal requirement of professional teaching practice is the promotion of inclusion. Inclusion relates to issues of equality, diversity, and entitlement. This requirement can be explicitly related to a variety of different acts, including the equality act, the sex discrimination act, the disability discrimination act, the race relation’s act, and the human rights act.
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001
This act makes it unlawful to discriminate against people in respect of their disabilities in relation to employment, the provision of goods and services, education and transport. It also imposes upon public authorities a positive duty to promote disability equality. In an educational setting, this will impose a fundamental responsibility to ensure the inclusion of disabled students within all group activities, and also to ensure that their disabilities are fully considered when planning such activities. They must receive full and equal access to education and all associated activities and resources.
The Sex Discrimination Act 1975
This act protects people from discrimination on the grounds of gender or marriage; it also addresses the issue of protection from sexual harassment and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. It places a statutory duty upon many public institutions to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful gender discrimination and harassment and to promote equality of opportunity between women and men. Once again the implications of this act are very fundamental for all teachers and organisations operating within the Lifelong Learning Sector. It is a fundamental responsibility of all teachers and organisations to ensure that they do not operate discriminatory policies, or expresses discriminatory attitudes, or tolerate any form of sexual discrimination or harassment.
The Race Relations Act 1976 and Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000
This act makes it unlawful to discriminate in training or employment or in a wide range of other contexts on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, or ethnic and national origin. It also imposes a duty upon public authorities to work towards the elimination of unlawful discrimination and promote equality of opportunity. Once again the requirement to comply with this act and ensure that no such discrimination takes place is of critical importance for any individual or organisation operating in the Lifelong Learning Sector.
The Equality Act 2010
This act actually replaces the three acts considered above, but it’s effect is not to change the...