Award in Education & Teaching Legislation

Unit 1 – Understanding roles, responsibilities & relationships in education & training

-Legislation & Professional Codes of Conduct

As teachers we must understand our legal duties, obligations, education policies and work-place specific policies. We must follow good practice and continuous personal development in order to promote trust and maximise teaching value within our role.

It is important for us to recognise the difference between legislation and codes of practice. Legislation defines often broad, fundamentally binding responsibilities of teachers, organisations, and individuals.   Codes of practice represent attempts by organisations to interpret these statutory responsibilities to create clearly defined working guidelines, which can be understood and implemented on a practical level.

There is a variety of legislation, which defines the responsibilities of teachers/trainers and organisations, participating in the lifelong learning sector.   It is important for you to keep up to date with all this to ensure you are remaining current with your skills, knowledge and understanding, and with any changes or updates that have taken place (Gravells, 2014).

Here are some of the key legislations that we work within.

Health and Safety at Work etc Act (1974)

This Act entitles us to a safe place to work, so in relation to teaching a safe place for us to teach.   The Act can inforce criminal law if this is not adhered to.   The Act is composed of 230 sets of legislation including:
• Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (2005)
• Manual Handling Operation Regulations (1992)
• First Aid at Work Regulations (1981)
• Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations (1992)
• Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations (2002)
• Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurences (RIDDOR) Regulations (1995)

Risk assessments should be completed where necessary.   All accidents/incidents should be recorded in the...