1. Understanding own role and responsibilities in lifelong learning
1.1 Summarise key aspects of legislation, regulatory requirements and codes of practice relating to your own role and responsibilities In my own role in the lifelong learning sector I have responsibilities to be aware of and follow, Legislations, Regulatory requirements and codes of practise, all of these will have a direct impact on my teaching and my learning environment. The legislative requirements I must follow are: Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 The Health and Safety at Work Act is the foundation of British Health and Safety law, it describes the general duties that employers have towards their employees and to members of the public, the act was introduced to provide a comprehensive and integrated piece of legislation dealing with the Health and Safety of people at work and the protection of the public from work activities, the Act imposes a duty of care on everyone at work related to their roles this will provide and maintain a safe and comfortable teaching environment for everybody. If a Company has 5 or more employees attending a course it is a legal requirement of the Company that they ensure they have the correct levels of Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance in place before the commencement of the course. All equipment used in the work place, classroom must be regularly checked for serviceability with any findings reported, any accidents or incidents must be recorded in an accident book which must be available to any enquiring body. This will have an impact on me as a teacher as it will be my responsibility to ensure that the learning environment is a safe and secure place. I will do this by performing an assessment of the classroom. For example I will look for trailing wires and ensure that there are no other trip or slip hazards. I will also ensure that there is adequate lighting and heating so that the learners are comfortable within the environment. Also it will be my responsibility to brief the learners regarding any health and safety issues. The Equality Act 2010 The Equality Act 2010 protects everyone against unfair treatment or against being allowed access into any education they wish regardless of their Age, Disability, Gender, Race, Religion or Belief and Sexual Orientation. The Equality Act gives everyone the right to be accepted, Respected and treated equally without prejudice or discrimination. As a teacher it will be my responsibility to ensure that all learners have equal access to learning and assessment and that all their needs are met. Also it will be my responsibility to ensure that the classroom a discrimination free environment. The Data Protection Act 1998 The Data Protection Act 1998 is the main piece of legislation that governs the protection of personal data, the act protects any Information from any living and identifiable individual or company being disclosed to anywhere without the prior permission form the individual, the individual has a right to access the information within 40 days of requesting to do so. This will have an impact on my teaching as it will be my responsibility to ensure confidentiality in all aspects of my work for example ensuring all learners private information and details are kept securely. Also if any learners confide in me I will keep the information to myself (unless there safety or another person’s safety is at risk then it will be my obligation to report it). If I do not follow this it will be bad practice as the learners will not be able to trust me, therefore leading to an unsuccessful learning environment. The Human Rights Act 1998
The legislation of this act covers areas in connection to the legal rights of every human being, not everybody agrees on what human rights are so they require a balance to be struck between the rights of an individual and the rights of others, some of the most common ones are our rights to live, Privacy, Free Speech, Violence...
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