For the past five years and half years I have worked at Colchester Institute. I initially worked as a learning support assistant providing support for a alternative education programme. For the past six months I have assumed the role of Assessor on the programme. This programme provides education for disaffected 15-16 year olds who cannot access mainstream education. The members of the group are both male and female who have a variety of issues, many have challenging behaviour.
1.1 In my role as an assessor it is my responsibility for me to keep up to date with all relevant legislation and codes of practice Some examples are;
Children Act (2004)- Every child matters
This act is to make sure that professionals work together to maintain the welfare of children. There are five outcomes for this * Be healthy
* Stay safe
* Enjoy and achieve
* Make a positive contribution
* Achieve economic well-being
I have to ensure I include these outcomes in planning and delivering sessions to my learners.
Protection of Children Act (1999) and Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006) An important Part of this act to ensure all professionals working with young people have undergone a vetting process. I underwent a CRB check before starting my role. Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
This is an act to ensure everyone takes responsibility to provide a safe working environment for other professional and learners. It is my responsibility ensure classrooms and teaching areas are a safe environment and to report any equipment that is faulty/broken. This is especially important if I am teaching in a sports hall, gym or outdoors. There are lots of different Codes of Practice I have to follow in my workplace such as Code of practice for Food & Beverages Operations and Code of Practice for the use of Information Technology these affect my responsibilities when teaching in these areas.
1.2 In my teaching role I am promoting equality and diversity with all students. It is important that all students are treated equally and their individual needs are being met. I have many learners with a variety of learning difficulties and I ensure I meet their learning needs. I have my worksheets printed on different colour paper for my dyslexic learners to aid their reading and my lessons are interactive to suite different learners learning styles. Different cultures and religious beliefs are considered in planning my lessons especially around religious holidays.
1.3As an Assessor for learners in alternative education I have many different roles and responsibilities in my role. To treat all students fairly and identify their needs is a main responsibility. To be professional and act appropriately at all times is an important responsibility within my role and be doing this it gives learners the best environment in which to continue their learning . By doing this it ensures I do not overstep the boundaries of my teaching role. As my learners have different social issues and a lot of behaviour problems one of my main roles to encourage my learners to attend college and keep them engaged in the session. Safeguarding students is an important responsibility and having regular tutorials helps me to do this. Planning and delivering my teaching sessions is a key role to my job and encouraging learners to achieve. Organising classrooms and making sure I have appropriate equipment for learners helps them to get the best out of each session. There is a lot of administrative work involved in my role and this can sometimes be a barrier to effective planning of teaching and learning. Following up learners absences and discussing learners behaviour with parents/guardians is a...