Cttls 1.3

Unit 1.3 Understand the relationships between teachers and other professionals in education and training

Roles, Responsibilities, and Relationships in Lifelong Learning

The lifelong learning sector is relatively new and was born out of governmental commitment to encourage the participation of adults into learning whether as part of a further education course, or a work-based training programme (Maintaining your licence to practice) Jeanne Hitching 2008. Lifelong learning is designed to promote inclusion whilst raising the standards of adult education after the school-leaving age of 16 (now 18). Lifelong learning refers to learners in sixth form education right through to adults learning at any age. The variety of learners and the skills and abilities of those learners presents a range of challenges for a teacher entering into the profession, so it is important to understand what these are. It is also important to understand what is expected of a teacher or lecturer in this environment, what their role is as well as what their responsibilities are to their students.

The role of a teacher or lecturer in the lifelong learning sector should be to adhere to the relevant codes of practice and regulatory requirements that surround the profession. Naturally the teacher should be appropriately qualified to enable them to successfully deliver training, and should also provide the resources and equipment that is needed to aid their teaching. There is also a set of legislative Acts that surround the profession, which include the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Data Protection Act 2010, the Equality Act 2010, and the Every Child Matters policy which sets out specific outcomes that the teacher and institution should aim to achieve for their students (Treasury, 2003). In terms of lifelong learning, it may seem somewhat odd to refer to a policy that deals with children but ECM deals with children up to the age of 18 and as compulsory education currently now...