The key legal and regulatory requirements relating to my role as a teacher are:- • Children Act (2004) – Every child matters
• Copyright, Designs & Patents Act (1988)
• Data Protection Act (1998 amended 2003)
• Equality Act (2010)
• Freedom of Information Act (2000)
• Health & Safety at Work Act (1974)
• Human Rights Act (1998)
• Protection of Children Act (1999)
• Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006)
There will be Codes of Practice, either generic or specific, that will need to be followed such as the Code of Professional Practice (2008) introduced by the Institute for Learning.
2. Explain own responsibilities for promoting equality and valuing diversity
It is important that students are able to attend, and participate in their choice of course or learning event, for it to be accessible on equal terms. To support this ideal, I must adhere to the equal opportunity legislation in place, which ensures that learners are not discriminated against in terms of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, pregnancy or maternity, religious or other belief, marriage, civil partnership or gender reassignment.
Whilst this is an ideal situation we are not able to treat everyone exactly the same. It is important to understand the needs of learners so that we can give them the best experience in the learning environment. If I have a student who uses a wheelchair, then I must ensure that access to the learning venue is suitable and that any portable ramps etc are available. Where I have students that are from diverse cultural backgrounds I should encourage an environment where differing opinions are respected and prejudice or stereotyping are challenged. Where further support is required by a learner, it should be offered
3. Explain own role and responsibilities in lifelong learning
Firstly, I need to identify the needs of the organisation, individuals and me personally. I will ensure that any forms are easy to complete and cater for different languages or print size and are available in hard copy or electronically. I will need to make an initial assessment of the needs of learners and agree learning plans.
I need to prepare a scheme of work to include session plans, learning materials to meet the needs of the syllabus and liaise with other interested parties.
I will need to facilitate learning using a variety of approaches including formulating ground rules, record keeping, incorporating different teaching and learning materials and even knowing who and where the nominated first aider is. I will need to assess the learning, ensuring that the awarding body rules are met. I must ensure that relevant documentation is completed and kept safe and confidential. I will need to check the students lerning outcomes have been met and that they have gained the necessary skills and knowledge.
I need to evaluate my teaching experience by obtaining feedback from others. I can obtain this from the student, awarding body and organisation I am working for. I will also evaluate my own work in order to make improvements to my teaching ability and the learning experience.
4. Explain own role and responsibilities in identifying and meeting the needs of the learners
I can identify the learners needs at the application stage, by interview, questionnaire, or at a student 1to1 session, or at the beginning of the session or programme. I must give clear guidance on the process and information to ensure the course meats their personal learning needs. Once I have the information this will help me with my planning. I need to ascertain the required learning support (help with ITC, numeracy, literacy), or student support (help with personal issues, general guidance or...