Legislation and codes of practice
The code of practice for teaching further education, within the lifelong sector is regulated by the Institute for Learning (IFL). This independent professional body provides a register of teachers/trainers and skills, promotes continuous professional development, and represents their members when interacting with government, agencies and sector organisations (IFL: 2011).
General legislation that teachers should adhere to include; * The Equality Act (2010) is legislation to protect against discrimination and disadvantages (Equality and human rights commission: no date) * Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) incorporates the responsibilities of employers towards their employees and visitors to the workplace principally through risk assessment, as well as the employees duty to themselves and others (HSE: 2003) * Data Protection Act (1998) has eight principles used to protect an individual’s personal information and rights to that information (Legislation: 2003) * Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) requires that substances that can cause harm to health be controlled, to protect anyone in contact with them (HSE: 2009) * Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks and controls whether a person is qualified to work with children
Although there are numerous legislations regarding animal care, the most important aspects are provided within The Animal Welfare Act 2006, which protects against animal cruelty. This act incorporates the five freedoms (DEFRA: 2012)
Promoting equality and valuing diversity
Equality can be promoted through inclusion of everyone, with all learners treated as individuals and all their efforts valued. Petty (2009) states, that learners expect to be treated fairly with no favouritism shown to any students.
All students are individuals and their diversity should be recognised and celebrated through
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