Theory assignment 2
T2 - Summarise the key aspects of current legislative requirements and codes of practice relevant to your subject and type of organisation within which you work.
To be able to complete this task you need to know which legislative requirements and codes of practice are relevant to your teaching. Some of these will be generic – they will be relevant for all teachers, regardless of their subject or type of teaching organisation – and some will be subject or organisation specific.
Legislation and Codes of Practice:
You need to know what the difference is between a legislative requirement and a code of practice:
Generic Legislation and Codes of Practice
These are some examples of generic legislation and codes of practice you need to be aware of:
There are several health and safety codes of practice and statutory instruments (additions to Acts of Parliament), which may impact on your teaching role. Some examples are:
Common Risks in ordinary classrooms may include:
The LSC Single Equality Scheme 2007-10: Our Strategy for Equality and Diversity (LSC, 2007) identifies their strategy for ensuring legal requirements are met and is relevant to all organisations funded by the LSC (Learning and Skills Council), link http://readingroom.lsc.gov.uk/lsc/National/nat-singleequalityscheme-30apr07.pdf
Although mainly relevant for teachers working with learners under 19 or vulnerable adults under 25 years of age, you should also look at:
Are there any Codes of Practice or legislation specifically relevant to your teaching area?
Safer practice, safer learning (2007) Responsibilities for safeguarding vulnerable adults in the learning and skills sector, NIACE and DES.
LSC (2007) Single Equality Scheme: Our Strategy for Equality and Diversity Online: http://readingroom.lsc.gov.uk/lsc/National/nat-singleequalityscheme-30apr07.pdf
Topics to research/review:
You now need to consider the following through research and further reading: