Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)
Everyone has a responsibility for their own safety at work and also aduty to protect the safety and welfare of others. As a teacher I need to be fully aware of these rules and ensure that any learners I teach are too. I should always make the class aware of the nearest fire exists and advise of who the fist-aiders are within the building. I must always follow best practise and to lead by example.
I need to analyse any potential risks when instructing activities within the class. It is my responsibility to assess any risk levels prior to commencement of any tasks in order to minimise the risks. If there are any accidents or incidents, I must also keep a record of these.
Disability Discrimination Act (1995 and onwards)
This act gives disabled people the right to employment and education. I need to ensure that my classroom is compliant in terms of accessibility and operation. I must ensure that any activities I set are suitable for all learners to participate and must not make any learner feel excluded by their disability.
The DPA requires any organisation that holds sensitive data on anyone for over two months to register as data users. As a teacher, I need to be cautious of how I store my learners personal or sensitive information. I should never share someone’s personal or sensitive information with any other person.
Equal opportunity legislation:
This legislation protects people from being discriminated against. It covers a wide range of descriminatory subjects. Some key exampleas are as follows: Gender; Sexual Orientation; Disability; Race; Marital Status; Religion and Age. For my role as teacher, this means I need to ensure that I am not biased and should not stereo- type or pre-judge. I need to...