Summarise the key aspects of current Legislation requirements and Codes of Practice relevant to your subject and the type of organisation within which you work
In education there are certain Legislation requirements and Codes of Practice that must be abided by. In this essay I will be looking at some of the general Legislation and Codes of Practice; I will also relate this to my specialist area of Physical Education.
Legislation requirement is enforced by the courts and is ‘a duty to act according to the law as defined in an Act of Parliament.’ A Code of Practice, on the other hand, is a set of rules which outline how a person in a profession is expected to behave. As a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) in a sixth for College, I have to ensure that I am aware of key generic Legislation, as well as knowing how it relates to my subject.
Some of the key Legislation includes:
• Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
- This act is very important within Physical Education as safety plays a key factor especially in practical sessions. The act protects individuals from risks to their health. It is important for the teacher to create risk assessments on equipment and the area the activity is conducted in, in order to provide a safe learning environment. This must be done prior to the activity (Health and Safety at Work Act 1974). It is the teachers’ responsibility to ensure that students are aware of the health and safety procedures with in the educational establishment; such as fire procedures.
• Equality Act 2006.
- The Acts main provisions:
1. Promote equality of opportunities between men and women. I feel that it is important within sport to not stereotype sports and allow male and female participation in all sports, if chosen. 2. Enable provision to be made for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and race. There is also the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000. 3. Make unlawful discrimination on the grounds of...
References: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/RightsAndObligations/DisabilityRights/DG_4001068 accessed on 8/2/2012
http://www.hse.gov.uk/enforce/hswact/index.htm accessed on 6/2/2012
http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_organisations/data_protection.aspx accessed on 8/2/2012
http://www.ifl.ac.uk/membership/professional-standards/code-of-professional-practiceaccessed on 8/2/2012
http://lx.iriss.org.uk/content/protection-children-act-1999-practical-guide-act-all-organisations-working-children accessed on 8/2/2012
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/3/notes/division/2 accessed on 8/2/2012
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