Identify the laws and codes of practice affecting work in schools and describe how these promote pupil well-being and achievement.
Law and Code of Practice
4.1 Schools like any other organisation have to comply with current Law and Legislation. They need to work in a certain way or draw up Policies or documents. Most of the Laws and codes are written for the well-being and achievement of pupils and here are the main ones: •
The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child 1989
The Education Act 2002
Children Act 2004 and 2006
The Freedom of Information Act 2000
The Humans Right Act 1998
The Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice 2001 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995/2005 •
The Data Protection Act 1998
The Equality Act 2006
4.2 I will describe briefly how each of the above Laws or Codes written for Schools links to each child’s well-being and achievement. The first,
UNCRC (UN convention of the Rights of the Child 1989) is a set of 54 Articles written for schools to ensure the child has a right to be protected against any form of discrimination. It also states that the main consideration of the child is paramount and that each child is entitled to express their views (child age taken in to consideration). In this Act, it is written that children have the right to freedom of religion and that they should be able to explore those beliefs. It states that all children have an equal right to education and that education should help them develop to their fullest potential.
The Education Act 2002 This Act is updated each year bringing changes to schools procedures, staffing and governance. In 2006 the Act was changed to ensure that schools worked more closely with community based organisations to grow stronger links and have a shared “sense of belonging” whilst at the same time taking into account different types of communities and individuals.
Children Act 2004 and 2006 This Act was already in existence but was...
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