Short Introduction to Roles, Responsibilities, and Relationships in Lifelong Learning for New Teachers

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‘Provide a short introduction to roles, responsibilities and relationships in lifelong learning for new entrants to your profession’ In this assignment I will explore the role, responsibilities and the building of relationships as a teacher of I.T. to adults in a college environment, a career which I am aspiring towards. There are different aspects to consider when thinking of a tutor’s role and responsibilities, ranging from explicit legislative requirements and codes of practice which are set in place for you, to the professional duty you have to your students to ensure that they complete the course and do so in a healthy and safe environment. Firstly, let’s consider legislation and codes of practice. A legislative requirement can be defined as “A duty to act according to the law as defined in an Act of Parliament and usually enforceable through the courts.”i Two important examples are: The Equality Act 2010 (October 1st)ii This replaced several anti-discrimination laws in order to bring them together under a single act. Under this act, it is illegal to discriminate, harass, or victimise against a person based on a range of attributes including age, disability, marital status, race, religious belief, pregnancy, sex and sexual orientation. Anyone bringing legal action on two or more of these grounds can now do so in one action rather than having to make separate cases based on separate acts. The Data Protection Act 1998iii This act is particularly relevant to a teacher of I.T. It requires schools and colleges to take appropriate measures against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data, as well as to safeguard against accidental loss or destruction of personal data. The methods used by individual colleges and their tutors to enforce this act should be covered by their Codes of Practice. Codes of Practice are different to legislative requirements, and can be defined as “A set of rules outlining how a person in a particular profession or situation is...
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