Task A: Research Report.
(a) A summary of key aspects of legislation, regulatory requirements and codes of practice relevant to the role and responsibilities of the teacher.
Teachers must maintain their knowledge of legislation, regulatory requirements and codes of practice and ensure that they are up to date with all current requirements, which are often subject to change. Some are generic and affect all who teach, whereas some are subject (or environment) specific. (Gravells 2012:19-22)
The Equality Act (2010), which harmonises some 20 previous pieces of Equalities legislation is important within the lifelong learning sector and helps ensure accessibility to learning with a view to equality and diversity .
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act (1974), negligence by an individual can lead to their personal prosecution, not just the organisation they work for. It is essential for my chosen field of teaching jewellery making techniques, as learners will access tools and equipment they are unfamiliar with, some of which are potentially dangerous. Risk assessment will be central to my lesson plans. As Gravells says:
“Learners are entitled to learn in a safe and healthy environment” (Gravells 2012:29)
Additionally, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations (2002) will apply when teaching certain jewellery techniques, for example, when using “safety pickle” to clean annealed or soldered metals.
The Copyright Designs and Patents Act (1988) is relevant in a teaching environment. The materials used to teach learners must either be produced by myself, or I must ensure that the organisation I am employed by has a CLA licence to allow copying of learning material in small quantities from books.
Another important piece of legislation to consider is the Data Protection Act (1998) as obviously I will have access to students' personal data, such as full names,
References: Gravells, A. (2012) Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector: The New Award, 5th Edition, London: Learning Matters Petty, G. (1998) Teaching Today – A Practical Guide (2nd ed.). Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes Ltd Bibliography Gravells, A. (2012) Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector: The New Award, 5th Edition, London: Learning Matters Institute for Learning (2008) Code of Professional Practice, [Online], Available http://www.ifl.ac.uk/membership/professional-standards [8 May 2012]