As a teacher I should observe and be in accordance with The Institute for Learning’s code of Professional Practice, ifl.ac.uk came into law on 1 April 2008. “The Code was developed by the profession for the profession and it outlines the behaviours expected of members – for the benefit of learners, employers, the profession and the wider community.” ifl.ac.uk Teachers within the lifelong sector should comply with the code.
The code is made up of seven behaviours, professional integrity, respect, reasonable care, professional practice, criminal offence disclosure, responsibility during institute investigations and responsibility. ifl.ac.uk This applies to my own roll because as a teacher in the fitness industry I have a duty of care towards my students to show all of them respect and to preform with professional integrity while teaching them. For example if I was marking student assignments I must “comply with all reasonable assessment and quality procedures and obligations”. ifl.ac.uk This ensures all students are marked at the same level against the same assessment criteria.
In addition to the code of Professional Practice, under the Equality Act (2010) people cannot be discriminated against for any of the ‘protected characteristics’. These are: disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.” ageuk.org.uk This again applies to me when marking student assignments and works together with the code of Professional Practice to ensure I maintain professional integrity and equality for all my student. By marking all my students against the same assessment criteria, regardless of any protected characteristics, ensures I maintain professional integrity and a equality for all my students.
References: Gravells, A., 2012. Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector. 5th ed. London: Sage. Maslow, AH (1987)*edited by Fragner,R) Motivation and Personality (3rd revised edn)