Guidance for New Teaching Staff
This guidance is to help you in your role as a teacher; it covers your roles and responsibilities regarding the legal requirements and other regulations and codes of practice. Legislation, Regulatory Requirements and Codes of Practice
The key aspects to legislation relevant to the roles and responsibilities of a teacher are: Data Protection Act
This act was designed to protect information that is obtained by companies or individuals from being passed on to other persons without authority. Under the Data Protection Act personal date is defined as:
Data that relate to a living individual who can be identified from that information, or from data and other information in the possession of the data controller or which are likely to come into his or her possession. These include any expression of opinion about the individual and of the intentions of the data controller in respect of that individual. The Act contains key principles such as;
Personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully.
Personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes. Personal data shall be processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects under the Act. Appropriate technical and organizational measures shall be taken against unauthorized or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data. It is advisable that you make yourself aware of the Data Protection act which can be accessed by going on to www.ico.gov.uk/dataprotection.
Health and Safety at Work Act – Particularly important for role within the security industry In our workplace there is the potential for many accidents and incidents to take place which could have a negative effect upon staff and employees. Anyone who enters our premises and facilities as part of their business is required to be protected as far as is reasonably practicable from any potential hazards which it is within the business’s ability to prevent.
The responsibility for protection rests not only with our organisation but with person within it, therefore in order to avoid prosecution, it is important that you understand the principles of H&S regulation and your contribution to it.
Some of features of the Act are:
It requires all employers to provide, as far as is reasonably practicable, a healthy and safe workplace. It requires employers to take care not only of their employees but also of other people visiting the worksite. This of course includes contractors as well as visitors and paying customers. It requires site operators to prevent, as far as practicable, emission of toxic substances into the general atmosphere. It requires manufacturers to ensure that their products are reasonably safe, and to provide information on safety precautions to be taken in their use. It requires employees to take reasonable precautions for the safety of themselves and of others. It is important that you fully read and understand this act so that you will aware the areas which are relevant to your role. The Equality Act 2010
Everyone must be committed to promoting and implementing a policy of equality of opportunity in all areas of learning to ensure full use of the talents and resources of learners and staff. In order to achieve this we will:
Actively promote the participation of all sections of the community Value and encourage diversity to enrich the quality of learning Provide a collaborative and productive learning / working environment that accommodates diversity of needs Value individuals and treat them with respect
Actively promote good relations between people from different backgrounds
Codes of Practice for Teachers
The Institute for Learning’s code of Professional Practice came into force on 1 April 2008. The Code was developed by the profession for the profession and it outlines the behaviors expected by trainers for the benefit of learners, employers, the profession and the wider community. These codes of practice covers
Criminal Offence Disclosure
Responsibility during Institute Investigations
Each one of these headings is fully covered in the Institute for learning website The Boundaries between the teaching role and other professional roles The way you perform your role will always have an impact on others, especially your students and possible your peers. Maintaining a professional role throughout is essential. You should always recognize your limits, know your strengths and weaknesses and never be afraid to admit them, this will make sure that you always work within your own skill area and know the roles and responsibilities of a teacher, never be reluctant to seek or take advice from the more experienced teacher or other members from similar professions. Points of Referral
A person never stops learning, no matter how good they believe they are or how experienced they think they may be, we all need help or guidance at some stage, and we should never be too proud to ask for it. You should always know where you can get support and guidance from; your peers may be the first to help, if not then your line manager. You have a duty to yourself and your students to seek help and support, so you must be aware of what support is available and where you can get this from. The Institute for Learning will be able to point you in the right direction if you have any difficulties. Promoting appropriate behaviour and Respect for others
One of the ways of promoting appropriate and respect to other is to create a student charter with the aim to support and empower the partnership, which exists between a student and a trainer. The Charter sets out below what you can expect from us, and what we, in turn expect from you. It also outlines what you should do if any element fails to meet your expectations.
An example of this charter could be:
What you can expect from training
The Aims and Objectives of the course
Appropriate facilities and equipment to assist you in your course studies A clear indication of our assessment criteria and procedures Assessments of your work and performance which are fair and objective Constructive feedback throughout the duration of your course
What we in turn expect from YOU:
Follow and comply with all policies and procedures
Inform your training staff about any specific learning requirements you may have so that as far as possible, they can make appropriate provision Tell your training staff as soon as possible about any circumstance that may impair your performance Be punctual in attending ALL scheduled sessions
Negotiation between teacher and the students is always a good idea, that way the students feel part of the process and their views valued, but a sensible outcome for all must be achieved.