The legalization, regulatory requirement and code of practice apply to all types of learning and teaching& work environments they are the rules that have been put into place to protect you as the teacher and also provides guidelines to all teaching processes and regulate the standard material used within your working curriculum.
Over a number of years we as teachers in many different acts that have been made into requirements and codes of practice in the teaching industry, these rules and regulations are there to also protect the learner or student physical and moral welfare while engaging in the learning process.
Legalization, and codes of practice that have a direct impact on the teaching industry, although we have to bring the laws into context of the teaching and learning sector you decide to work in. A great example would cater and the food and hygiene act which was put in place to protect consumers in the industry. We are bound to adhere to the laws in each sector of teaching.
Also impacting on the standards of teaching is the the health and safety act at work which was approved in 1974 this act was sole introduced to protect the welfare of the workers and the moral and physical welfare of the learner. The guidelines of this act state the it is the responsibility to ensure that all students are learning in a safe environment. Some of the ways we might achieve this goal is to conduct detailed risk assessments of the working environment ensuring there are no electrical defects and all equipment is safely installed and eradicating all hazards making it a safe environment for teaching in the classroom.
We also have a legal if not moral obligation to follow other statutory codes of practice that are relevant and may have an impact teaching for example.
1. Equality Act 2010
This act was brought in to secure the well being of all British citizens are treated equally in the work place. The key reasoning of this act is to keep the teachers and learners free from discrimination in the workplace and promote inclusion for everybody in the wider society. Example racial discrimination, sexual harassment is just two examples of what this act is for.
2. The Data Protection Act 2018
This act mainly covers any personnel data provided by any individual to any school college or work place and company this means all governing bodies handling private data will have to processed any data provided by an individual in accordance with laws set by the (GDPR)
It is our duty to collect all data in a lawfully and transparent manner and in a way that is fair where individuals are concerned. As teacher you will hold data and provisions given to you by your learns this information is private and it is covered by the data protection act and in order to share this information you are required by law to ask permission from the learner.
3. Human rights Act 1998
The Human Rights Act According to my research was set out in 1998 stating the fundamental rights and freedom of all UK citizens and what are entitled too. A few years later the rights that were demonstrated in the European convention on human rights (ECHR) where incorporated in British law. The human rights act was enforce in full as a mandatory law in the year 2000.
Key points of the human rights act.
1. You as an individual have the right to seek justice in British Court.
This section concentrates on the incorporation of the laws stating that if your human rights have been breached or violated in any manor in domestic law. You have the right to seek justice in the courts of Britain rather than taking your case to the European courts of human rights in Strasbourg France.
2. All public bodies are required to respect the rights of all British citizens.
This section of the act requires all public and government officials and authorities for example (Courts, police, local authorizes, Hospitals and publically funded schools) this code of practice is there for the sole purpose of protecting your human rights.
3. All new Laws are compatible with Convent rights & Legislation.
This means that parliament will have to make sure that anything they propose as law in these matters will have to be compatible with the European conventional laws where possible. The courts have a duty to comply where necessary.
For supporting evidence you can download a full copy of the human rights act.
4. Freedom of information act 2000
The freedom of information act 2000 is there to provide the public with access to information held by those in authority. This is usually done in two ways,
· Public authorities are obliged to publish and share certain information about their activities and members of the public have the right to question or request information from the public authorities for example the city council, hospitals and the police.
5. Healthy Safety Act
The food safety act has been put into place by the Government to ensure the quality of food hygiene in the United Kingdom this was brought in legislation in 1984 and updated in 1990 although there are parts of the legislation still to be approved by parliament and are currently being updated. It is a statutory obligation by law for all individuals or organizations to adhere by the rules set out in this act to treat all food handled in a safe way.
All management and student workers are needed to be correctly qualified to handle food and it is mandatory that all food legislation is followed according to the food safety act 1990
This can be achieved by following the healthy and safety manual (the good food guide) this can be found on the city council website.
These are all acts that have a high impact on the way we teach. We as learning providers are obligated to understand these regulations and carry them out in the work environment to the best of our abilities given the circumstances and the type of teaching you plan to provide.