Current Legislation

Topics: Discrimination, 1922, 1921 Pages: 4 (838 words) Published: January 17, 2013
Introduction
As a teacher I must ensure that current legislative requirements are met. Gravells (2008) states that there is legislation that applies to the entire lifelong learning sector. There are also areas of legislation that apply to particular courses. This paper explains the general areas relevant to me and the areas I must also consider in teaching Business Administration and Planning.

Legislation Relevant to the Lifelong Learning Sector
General Legislation

Although ECM refers to learners to the age of 19, OFSTED applies it to the performance of FE colleges. The Protection of Children Act 1999 legislates that teachers must have current Enhanced Disclosure checks by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

The Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988 and The Data Protection Act 1998 also apply. Human Rights, Diversity and Equality
The six areas of diversity in law are disability, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation and religion / belief. Discrimination is forbidden in these areas by legislation including: •Sex Discrimination Act 1975

Race Relations Act 1976 (amended 2000)
Human Rights Act 1998
Equal Opportunities Act 2004
DDA – Disability & Discrimination Act 1995
DDA Part 4 Code of Practice 1995
SENDA – Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 Health and Safety
Petty (2009) confirms that the sector has a responsibility to provide a safe environment for learners. This is also where specific needs for specific courses arise.

Generally, the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, RIDDOR – Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 and the Management of the Health & Safety at Work Act always apply. For Business Administration and Planning

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 is an example of HSE legislation relevant to my own area.

Conversely the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 and COSHH – Control of Substances Hazardous to Health...

References: Gravells, A. (2008) Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector 3rd ed. Exeter: Learning Matters.
Francis and Gould (2009) ‘Achieving Your PTLLS Award – A Practical Guide’. London. Sage Publications Limited.
Department for Children, Schools and Families (2004) ‘Every Child Matters: Change for Children’ [online] UK: Available from http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/
[Accessed 4 February 2010]
Office of Public Sector Information (2004). ‘Children Act 2004’. Available from http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2004/pdf/ukpga_20040031_en.pdf
[Accessed 4 February 2010]
Office of Public Sector Information (1999). ‘Protection of Children Act 1999’. Available from http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts1999/pdf/ukpga_19990014_en.pdf
[Accessed 4 February 2010]
Office of Public Sector Information (1988) ‘The Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988’. Available from http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts1988/ukpga_19880048_en_1.htm
[Accessed 4 February 2010]
Office of Public Sector Information (1998) ‘The Data Protection Act 1998’. Available from http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts1998/ukpga_19980029_en_1
[Accessed 4 February 2010]
Petty, G (2009) Teaching Today 4th ed. Cheltenham. Nelson Thornes
Office of Public Sector Information (1975) ‘Sex Discrimination Act 1975’
[Accessed 4 February 2010]
Office of Public Sector Information (2000) ‘Race Relations Act 1976 (amended 2000)’
[Accessed 4 February 2010]
Office of Public Sector Information (1998) ‘Human Rights Act 1998’
[Accessed 4 February 2010]
Office of Public Sector Information (2004) ‘Equal Opportunities Act 2004’
[Accessed 4 February 2010]
Office of Public Sector Information (1995) ‘DDA – Disability & Discrimination Act 1995’
[Accessed 4 February 2010]
Office of Public Sector Information (1995) ‘DDA Part 4 Code of Practice 1995’
[Accessed 4 February 2010]
Office of Public Sector Information (2001) ‘SENDA – Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001’
[Accessed 4 February 2010]
Office of Public Sector Information (1974) ‘Health & Safety at Work Act 1974’
[Accessed 4 February 2010]
Office of Public Sector Information (1995) ‘Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995’
[Accessed 4 February 2010]
Office of Public Sector Information (1999) ‘Management of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1999’
[Accessed 4 February 2010]
Office of Public Sector Information (1992) ‘The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992’
[Accessed 4 February 2010]
Institute for Learning (2009) ‘Code of Professional Practice’
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