Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Sector
Assignment for Unit 001- Roles, responsibilities & relationships in lifelong learning Student name: Georgia-Maria Evangelatou
1.1 Summarise key aspects of legislation, regulatory requirements and codes of practice relating to own role and responsibilities. There is a vast variety of laws and regulations a teacher should be aware of, respect and apply to their teaching. This is essential and of paramount importance, as inclusive learning, in other words, access to knowledge for everyone must be assured. One of the most important parts of legislation is the Equality Act 2010, according to which there are a set of prohibited acts in an educational environment, most specifically discrimination (direct, indirect, arising from disability), harassment (arising from a protected characteristic and sexual) and victimisation of people suspected to have done a protected act (i.e. making a claim or complaint of discrimination under the act). There is a lot more legislation to ensure that any form of discrimination will be unlawful. One of the first laws is the Protocol to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (Paris,1952) and according to its second article “No person shall be denied the right to education”. So we see that already from 1952 the foundation for inclusive education had been set. Things are described with better detail in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2010). In the Charter article 14 is about everyone’s right to compulsory free education and articles 21-23 are about cultural, religious, linguistic and inter gender equality and non-discrimination. In article 21 we read “Any discrimination based on any ground such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation...
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