Summarise the Key Aspects of Current Legislative Requirements and Codes of Practice Relevant to Your Subject and the Type of Organization Within Which You Work.

There are a number of pieces of legislation that must be followed and adhered to by all those in a teaching role in order to remain compliant with law. The first of these is The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This Act states that all learners and employees have the right to work and study in a safe environment where risks to their health and safety are monitored.   Although overall responsibility for the safety of learners is with the establishments governing body, teachers themselves must take responsibility also.
‘The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states Employees must take reasonable care of their own and others’ health and safety, co-operate with their employers, carry out activities in accordance with training and instructions and inform the employer of any serious risks.’

The act covers a wide range of categories including manual handling, safe use of computers and RIDDOR (reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations). It is monitored internally through health and safety representives and policies such as fire evacuation procedures, PAT testing electrical equipment and risk assessments.
As I have a fast turnover of students with some courses lasting just a few days, its imperative health and safety procedures are followed as the implications are huge. They could include fines for me or my employer and dismissal. To ensure I comply, I build health and safety procedures into my scheme of work and principles to follow into the ground rules I set at the beginning of each course I teach therefore all students know what to do in the event of an accident and what steps to take to prevent them happening in the first place.

The Data Protection Act 1998 is another piece of legislation affecting the role of a teacher.

‘ The purpose of the Act is to protect the rights of the individual about whom data is obtained, stored, processed or supplied rather than those of the people or organisations who control and...