Assessment 1 – The Roles and Responsibilities of the Teacher 02/10/13
A teacher’s role and their responsibilities towards their students and colleagues has become much more diverse. There are Professional Codes of Conduct (App1), National Standards (App 2) and the Institutional Codes of Practice where a teacher is based. The teacher is expected to have knowledge of all these and be able to apply them in the learning environment along with the list in table 1.
Table 1 – The Role & Functions of a Teacher adapted from Wilson(2008:6)
Designing a programme of study
Planning & Preparing Classes
Develop interesting ways of delivering learning
Assessing the impact of learning
Ensuring a safe learning environment
Marking of work and giving feedback on outcomes
Contributing to the development of the programme
Keeping data about retention and achievement
Having a duty of care
Monitoring the progress of learners
Acting within professional codes
Monitoring attendance & punctuality
Contributing to the administration of the programme
Entering learners for exams and tests
Contributing to Quality Assurance Requirements
Acting as a role model
In this piece it is not practical to address all the different and diverse roles and responsibilities so 2 have been picked to focus on: Safeguarding and Equality & Diversity.
Safeguarding arose out of some high profile cases of neglect, in particular Victoria Climbie. Legislation and directives were introduced (and are being updated) by the Children Act 2004 which gives guidance on protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults against inappropriate behaviour.
In practice as a teacher it is important to remember that you should never try to resolve disclosures – they should always be passed to the Safeguarding Officer; never make promises - although said out of compassion saying to a student “I’ll sort this out for you” is a promise you may not be able to
References: Wilson, L. (2008) Practical Teaching; A guide to PTLLS and CTLLS. London : Cengage Learning Keller, H Crawley, J. (2005) In at the Deep End. London: David Fulton Publishers Petty, G