“The employer has a duty to ensure that employees have a safe place to work and have training in use of equipment. “ This is important legislation is every working environment and employees can be prosecuted for not complying with this act. As a teacher/trainer I would make sure this act is available for learner to view. It will also ensure a safe class room environment to work in. Data Protection Act 1998
“Made provision for the regulation of the processing of information relating to individuals, including the obtaining, holding, use or disclosure of such information.” This is a very important act within schools and colleges as I will have access to names and address, personal information of students and will have to be aware of how I use and access this information. The Equality Act – October 2010
“The act covers 6 specific areas:
Age, disability, gender, race, religion & belief and sexual orientation” Is a relatively new act and affects my teaching in that I will have to be aware that I don’t discriminate against anyone or judge them. This is now becoming increasingly important in the work place and college environments. Freedom of Information Act
“Gives learners the opportunity to request to see the information your organisation holds about them.” The Children’s Act 2004
“Places duty on local authorities to take steps to protect children in appropriate circumstances and gives certain powers to the police so that they can take action to protect children. “Every child matters” has 5 key themes: Be healthy – stay safe – Enjoy and achieve – make a positive contribution – achieve economic well being.” A very important act amongst primary and secondary schools, I need to be aware of this act as there are now many minors taking part in college courses, it is important to keep up to date with any changes to it so that I can alter my teaching methods to comply with this act if necessary.
2.1-2.3 As a teacher I need to recognise the boundaries of my teaching and know when to refer the learner to other professionals who have more information and knowledge to able to advise them more appropriately. There are many points of referral that I can send to them for advice such as social services, GP, citizen’s advice, NHS help lines. This is a good way to support your learners without over stepping the teacher/learner relationship. It is important to maintain this level of professionalism so that both the learner and I understand the boundaries of the teaching role. It is my responsibility as a teacher to ensure that I give the correct signposting to guide the learner to most appropriate agency for their needs. Other boundaries I need to be aware of at the different stages of the cycle include: learners not at the required starting level, health and safety regulations, behaviour issues, ability of learners and data protection and confidentiality (Gravels, 2011). 3.1 & 3.2 - It is important as teacher to maintain a safe and supportive learning environment for learners and I can establish this by doing several things, I can be a role model to the students so that they feel I can they could come to me for advice and I can signpost them to the correct organisation if needed. I also will make sure that I have the correct resources and venue for safe learning environment. Beyond that I need to have the right attitude in my teaching and make the students for supported within this. I will ensure that I respect every student and get to know them to help them feel safe in their learning environment; I will also try to remember all students’ names as a way to be inclusive of everyone. Establishing and agreeing a code of conduct that everyone adheres to, not only helps to maintain a safe learning environment but also shows students how to respect and behave in the class around others. I will do this by asking the students to come up with their own code of conduct in lesson so that everyone can contribute to this and feel part of it. It will be my responsibility as a teacher to make sure everyone follows this code of conduct at all times and I will do this by observing everyone in the class.
Gravells, A. (2011) Preparing to teach in the lifelong leaning sector 3rd edition. (Pp.6-18) Glasgow. Learning Matters Lld.
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