There is much legislation to consider as a Lecturer in ICT. Current generic and subject-specific legislation that links to teaching in a further education environment and the organisation within which I work will be discussed.
One of the most important pieces of health and safety legislation affecting education establishments across the UK is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA). This Act provides a framework for ensuring the health and safety of anyone who may be affected by work activities, for example, pupils/students and visitors to education sites, including parents and contractors. This Act requires me to ensure that the learning environment for learners is safe. From an ICT perspective and in the context of safety, I would need to be aware of potential trip hazards such as trailing wires, bags and obstacle storage. I would need to be aware of factors such as heating and ventilation, and the testing and safety regulations of all electrical equipment, including fire procedures, fire exit and fire extinguisher locations.
The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act came into force in November 2006. It heralds significant changes in the way that people who work with children or vulnerable adults are vetted. The Act requires that as an Agency lecturer within my educational setting it is my responsibility to provide a current CRB. Links to statements on Safeguarding and Every Child Matters requires me to ensure that safeguarding learners is actively promoted in my lessons, by implementing a zero tolerance of abuse and other harmful behaviours. In order to follow the correct procedures I would need to be fully aware of whom to report a concern to within my organisation should I witness any individual suffering abuse or harm. The Equality Act 2010 has replaced the relevant existing equality legislation such as the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). However, the Disability Equality Duty in the DDA continues to apply and requires that I adapt my...
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