Identify the Key Aspects of Current Legislative Requirements and Codes of Practice Relevant to Your Subject and the Type of Organisation Within Which You Would Like to Work

There is an expression, sometimes used when faced with an unusual occurrence: You can’t legislate for that. Well, you can. And they do. Such rules govern behaviour in every day life from primary education to work-based development training and, in the main, help to provide orderliness to social behaviour and cohesion. In the workplace they also provide guidance on how people should perform and a teacher is not exempt. Indeed, a teacher may be seen as an example of how to behave, being in such an influential position.

As a professional firefighter, I have a responsibility to be aware of those regulations governing behaviour and performance in my workplace. As a teacher in the Service, I have also to be aware of regulations applicable to my specialist role. The Local Authority Fire and Rescue Service is subject to a series of regulations that will be familiar to most others in a workplace. Applicable only to Fire Services is the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, which covers everything from the requirement of a Fire Authority to provide a fire and rescue service to how such a service is employed, trained and carries out its functions.

As a teacher with a special interest in working at height, I am aware of regulations governing the use of height safety equipment. The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 cover the equipment we use and the Work at Height Regulations 2007 cover how we deploy and operate that equipment. It is my responsibility as a teacher to ensure that students are aware of the regulations under which they are being trained.