In this report I will talk about Legislations and Acts that relate to my job role, such as Data Protection Act 2008, Control of Substance Hazardous to Health and the Equality Act 2010. I will also give a clear report on the professional boundaries that should be in place at work, when to refer a student and who to and also summarise ground rules.
Behaviour Code 3 of the IFL Code of Professional Practice states; “Members shall take reasonable care to ensure the safety and welfare of learners and comply with relevant statutory provisions to support their well-being and development :.(IFL 2008).
The main role of a teacher – teach your subject in a way that actively involves and engages your learner. It is not just about what they learn, but also the learning process and how it affects the learner. You have to give relevant feedback, you have to assess progress, keep records and maintain a professional manner at all times. Take into account the age of the student, the experience they have with their job/subject and the environment they are to learn in. you as the teacher have to be enthusiastic, passionate and approachable. If the learner sees this then they are more willing to take an active part in the learning process.
As the teacher, you need to be on time! Work ready-be prepared, have what you need ready, hand-outs printed and fastened together, not so you look like you’re flapping and disorganised. Make the learners comfortable; don’t be over bossy, imposing. Make yourself more approachable by the way you dress, be smartly dressed but be aware of your surroundings and age group. Look approachable and learners will feel like they can come to you for help. Offer support but set boundaries... let learners know you can be friendly and approachable, but not to go too far and over step the teacher/learner mark.
Codes of Practice and Legislation – It is important to keep up to date with codes of practice and legislation as you need to be current to keep up your skills and knowledge. You have to be aware of changing policies so that it fits in with your teaching. It can be defined into 2 categories; generic (relates to teaching role) and specific (relates to subject). The organisation needs to keep disciplinary, conduct and timekeeping codes of practice and complaints and risk assessment policies up to date as these are on-going in your line of teaching.
Codes of Practice that relates to my role
Children’s Act 2004 – Every Child Matters (ECM) provides legal underpinning for change for children’s program. “Well-being” is the term used in the Act to define 5 outcomes; be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make positive contribution, achieve economic well-being. Code of Professional Practice 2008 – Introduced by the IFL to cover activities of teachers in Lifelong Learning Sector. It outlines 7 terms; professional integrity, respect, reasonable care, professional practice, criminal offence disclosure, responsibilities during Institute investigations, responsibility. Copyright Designs and Patent Act (1988) – this relates to copying, adapting and distributing of material. You cannot copy (plagiarism) but you can reference to others' work for them to be acknowledged. Data Protection Act 2003 – the regulation of processing information relating to an individual, the obtaining/holding/use of/disclosure of that said information. Education and Skills Act 2008 – to increase participation in learning for Young Person and Adults. It is the right for adults to have the basic/intermediate skills, giving them the second chance to gain skills. Equality Act 2010 – disability/sex/race grounds of discrimination in one legislation. Freedom of Information Act 2000 – students have the right to see the information your organisation has on them. Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – imposes obligations