My role, responsibilities and boundaries as a teacher The main role of a teacher is to facilitate the communication and learning cycle of their students. To ensure that sessions are well planned, meaningful and meet objectives. It is important to encourage students to explore new ways of thinking and to assist in their understanding and on-going development. It is the teacher’s role to identify the learning needs and motivations to differentiate teaching styles to facilitate the needs of all students.
A large part of the teacher’s role is also to assess and administer the learning outcomes to provide individualised feedback to assist in the progression and motivation for that particular student. “Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own. ” — Nikos Kazantzakis I teach Creative & Cultural practices and Music Business media qualification to students with varying abilities and communication skills.
It is very important for me to identify the needs of all my students so I can personalise my teaching methods to ensure all students have equal rights to learning and the opportunity to reach their potential. Sometimes additional support is required for students with varying needs and it is the tutor’s role to ensure that all students get the individual attention required to support them. My role is to create a safe learning environment, build trusting relationships and give the opportunity for students to provide feedback so that I am always adapting and reflecting on my teaching methods to coincide with current learning trends.
All teachers and learners necessitate boundaries and require professional behaviour to recognise the values, rights and responsibilities of others. It is important to be aware of boundary violations and not to be afraid to correct inappropriate behaviour. The appropriateness of physical contact and teacher/learner relationships are strong moral issues that every teacher should be aware of and you should never put yourself in any situation that creates even the impression of impropriety.
As a teacher we must use caution with self-disclosure and discretion is required regarding what and to whom to disclose personal information. We should always assess our personal behaviour, learn from our experiences and realise that we will always be faced with unpredictable challenges. Identify and summarise key aspects of relevant legislative requirements and codes of practice. It is important for all teachers to be aware and informed on the current legislative requirements and codes of practice relating to teaching, as the teaching and learning experience is so diverse and lways changing, so are the codes of practice. For example more recently the Every Child Matters 2004 government green paper safeguards the welfares of children under these 5 following outcomes (irrespective of their background or abilities etc. ). Being Healthy, Staying Safe, Enjoying and Achieving, Making a Positive Contribution and Achieving Economic Well-being. From September 2007 all tutors, teachers and trainers are required to meet the qualification requirements detailed in DFES publication equipping teachers with skills for the future.
Amongst others here are some key legislative requirements that Tutors, Teachers and Trainers all need to have an understanding of: * Disability Discrimination Act (1995) “An Act to make it unlawful to discriminate against disabled persons in connection with employment” * Special Educational Needs and Disability Act SENDA (2001) “Introduces the right for disabled students not to be discriminated against in education, training and any services” * Sex Discrimination act (1975) An Act to render unlawful certain kinds of sex discrimination and promoting equality of opportunity between men and women. ” * Race Relations Act (1976 amended 2000) “To prevent discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic and national origin in the fields of employment” * Health & Safety Legislation “An Act to make further provision for securing the health, safety and welfare of persons at work, for protecting others against risks to health or safety in connection with the activities of persons at work”. * Data Protection Act (1998) An Act to make new provision for the regulation of the processing of information relating to individuals, including the obtaining, holding, use or disclosure of such information”. * CRB Check Requirements It is important that you always make contributions to your continuing career development to raise awareness and underpin your knowledge of new and existing legislations. As well as government legislations we also have teaching codes of practice and organisational codes of practice. I work within a commercial business environment teaching and assessing students working towards NVQ level 2.
As well as abiding by the teaching codes of practice such as: Keeping Registers, Anti-Bullying Policy, H&S Safety Responsibility, Equality of Opportunity Policy etc. we also have company codes of practice such as: Health & Safety Policy, Fire Evacuation Procedures, Intellectual property and moral rights, Confidentiality, Professional conduct etc. Identify and review other points of referral available to meet potential needs of learners Learner’s needs should be assessed prior to beginning the course in order for you to offer additional support if needed and tailor your teaching style to suit.
All students have the right to equal learning and sometimes this may mean you adapting your teaching methods to help to remove barriers. Dealing with young people means that sometimes we have to deal with more complex additional support needs, some that may be beyond our capabilities, however we should always offer helpful impartial advice and guidance to signpost individuals where necessary. We always offer students the opportunity to discuss additional support needs at the sign up stages of our programme enabling us to build a support package for that student.
Identify and discuss issues of equality and diversity and ways to promote inclusion. It is important firstly that diversity is about recognising that everybody is different and embracing the diverse society we live in to learn from each other and promote inclusion within our responsibility. Every individual is responsible for participating in the promotion of equality and making a positive contribution to their culturally rich and diverse society. It is important that all students feel valued are treated equally regardless of their differences (race, age, sex, religion, disability etc. ).
Ways we can promote inclusion is by speaking openly about diversity within our setting and getting the students to learn from each other’s experiences. Methods I have used to get students to talk about diversity is by getting them to create a podcast surrounding issues regarding equality within our society. Explain and justify the need for record keeping. It is paramount that teachers keep accurate records and important not only to track the students’ performance but also for the teachers, training providers, inspectors and employers to gauge the effectiveness of the learning experience and assess what quality improvements can be made.
Teachers must keep records of assessment plans, progress reviews, enrolment forms, lesson plans and health and safety checklists to enable them to carry out effective training for their student. It is also very important to keep records of incidents, risk assessments, safeguarding reports and equality & diversity monitoring to ensure that all outcomes are justified.