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Legislation and Codes of Practice
Every child matters

Safe guarding
Crb enhanced
Data protection act
Equality act
Professional standards in teaching

5 Legislation and Codes of Practice
There are numerous laws that are relevant to teaching.
Health and safety in education
Health and safety responsibilities in education derive from the Health and Safety at Work etc.
Act 1974 and associated regulations.
The health and safety of staff, students and visitors whilst on premises, or involved in
organised activities (e.g. educational visits), must be protected as far as is reasonably
practicable using risk assessments
Data Protection in education
Data Protection Act 1998. This means, among other things that the data held about students
must only be used for specific purposes allowed by law.
Safeguarding Children and vulnerable adults
The Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, introduced a new vetting and
barring scheme for all those working within education
From October 2009, a new duty to share information and a set of increased safeguards have
been introduced and administered by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
It looks at the recruitment and selection processes, specifically the introduction of enforced
CRB checks. This ensures safeguarding and child protection.
Other laws relevant to teaching include the Disability Discrimination Act, Equal
Opportunities, Sex Discrimination etc.
The above laws have now been incorporated into the Equality Act.
The Equality Act 2010
The purpose of the Act was to bring together the complicated and numerous Acts and
Regulations which formed the basis of anti discrimination law in Great Britain. These
included, primarily the Equal Pay Act 1970, the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, the Race
Relations Act 1976, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
Professional Standards in Teaching
From 1 April 2012, the Teaching Agency, a new executive agency of the Department for...