Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Lifelong Learning
As a teacher it is very important to be constantly updating your knowledge of all relevant legislation and codes of practice of teaching. It is important that your skills and knowledge as a teacher remains current and that you are aware of changes in teaching that are taking place. These changes can either be generic which relate to your role as a teacher or specific to the subject you teach.
Generic legislation and codes of practice relate to external organisations which will vary according to the environment in which you are teaching. An example of an external regulator would be Ofsted who inspect learning establishments in England and ensure these establishments are following correct policies and procedures set by Ofsted.
‘The aim of all this work is to promote improvement and value for money in the services we inspect and regulate, so that children and young people, parents and carers, adult learners and employers benefit.’(OFSTED, 2012)
Other types of generic legislation include;
Children Act (2004). This act defined five outcomes for the Every Child Matters: Change for Children programme.
‘A curriculum underpinned by Every Child Matters requires passionate and committed teaching that offers opportunities for open ended investigation, creativity, experimentation, teamwork and performance. It should also involve real experiences and activities.’ (QCA, 2008)
There are many other types of legislation and codes of practice. Each establishment will also have their own codes of practice which may include standards relating to their own policies and procedures. Specific codes of practice will vary according to the environment and subject in which you are teaching. For example, Information Technology Codes of Practice relate to how computers are used in your particular work environment. Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999) will be applied to ensure that unsafe practices are...