Analyse and evaluate your roles, responsibilities and relationships in Lifelong Learning For the past 25 years I have primarily been a mother – active in all aspects of my children’s lives and promoting a good and sound education – key aspects in their upbringing has been to ensure that they have all been treated equally, and that their opinions and preferences have been valued no matter how diverse. Returning to study in 2006 I attained qualifications in Interior Design – I then continued my studies and gained a Foundation Degree in Architectural Technology and Interior Design – Merit.
Throughout all my studies I have found that I have acted many times as a facilitator – helping fellow students who were struggling with their research, assignments and even coaching them through complex programmes used within architectural and interior design practice. Key aspects of legislation, regulatory requirements and code of practice are paramount for any teacher and a great understanding of each is required to ensure that the teaching/learning cycle is a structured process which is delivered within all legislative and regulatory procedures.
To ensure learners are able to work in a safe environment knowledge of the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) is necessary – as a teacher I would demonstrate a model of best practice for all learners and lead by example. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999) is primarily to prevent any unsafe practice within the work place – and learning environment – and to minimise any risks.
A Risk Assessment would be carried out to ensure the safety of all learners – i. e. Within the realms of teaching many aspects of interior design would involve the use of various machines and chemicals i. e. Paints, varnishes and their counterparts. The Equality Act (2010) would ensure that all learners are treated fairly regardless of race, religion, gender etc. “if people are not able to reach their full potential, the economy suffers” (Gov. uk) 2013.
Enforcing a Code of Practice is to ensure standards of professionalism at all times – and that all Acts and Regulations are adhered on a day to day basis – it would also ensure and promote the Data Protection of all learners. To promote equality and value diversity for all learners my responsibilities would be thus:- to treat everyone equally and fairly – this is linked directly to legislation and guidelines – ensuring a learners welfare would be to ensure that together we are driving the initiative.
To value diversity within a teaching role would be to value all difference between individuals and therefore ensuring they are all included in all aspects of the teaching/learning process and that they are all comfortable and prepared for the tasks they need to undertake e. g. I would have to ensure that learners tastes and preferences for colour and design styles are not ridiculed – there is obviously no right or wrong where preference is concerned i. e. There is no accounting for taste!
My own role and responsibilities within the lifelong learning sector would be to encourage all learners within the task at hand – to ensure that all learners leave each teaching session having learnt something new be it a historical reference or that they have learnt a new technique e. g. Paint effects – it is also my responsibility as a facilitator to ensure their safety and that they fully understand how to either research the historical references or perform relevant tasks undertaken within the teaching environment on their own.
As part of my role I would be an enforcer of practical tasks – ensuring that all learners are aware of tools/materials needed for each teaching session – and to be prepared to do “refresher” sessions when needed – some learners will be able to perform tasks immediately other learners will require repetition – this will bring to the fore promotion of equality and diversity – while ensuring that learners who are able are not hindered in their progress by repetition of certain tasks.
Analysing the boundaries between the teaching role and other professionals is a complex one and one where if the boundaries aren’t made clear can be stressful and time consuming. The teacher/tutor is tasked with being the primary deliverer of learning – the individuals or groups of learners are allocated to a tutor whose academic qualifications will ensure a supportive learning environment whether this is within search of an academic or vocational achievement.
The tutor may depending on their personality type be involved in a certain amount of personal communciation with their learners – this could possibly mean that learners volunteer extremely personal information in confidence – whether a tutor has the knowledge or time to problem solve for their learners is down to their own experiences and their position within the realms of heirarchy.
A tutor should always remember the implications of relevant legislation and that they have a duty of care to all learners – if you promise a learner that you will help problem solve then you must do it – this could be by contacting student support services or management to deem the best course of action. To be a tutor is to be bound by trust and integrity and of course ensure confidentiality at all times.
A tutor must always be aware that you can give advice to learners – but as they are learners they do not have to act upon it – as all teachers know – “assume nothing” Wilson (2008). For a teacher being astute in their concerns for their learners needs is of paramount concern and realising that there will be some learners whose expectations are beyond the role of the teacher. When a teacher realises that the needs of a learner are beyond their capabilities it is in the best interests of the teacher and learner that the learner is referred to other relevant professionals.
My own responsibilities in relation to other professionals would be to keep updated and accurate accounts of all aspects of a learners progression. This will ensure that all professionals involved within the learning environment are kept in the loop regarding changes in personal or academic achievement. It would be my responsibility to ensure that all documents are given to other relevant professionals for auditing purposes, information gathering, quality assurance systems, health and safety management and financial accountability.
A learner’s first contact with an educational establishment could be with a teacher/tutor – this could quite possibly be due to open day events – therefore a teacher would have to ensure that all relevant enrolment forms, qualification and registration forms and learners needs are collated and passed on to the relevant departments – this will ensure a safe passage to learning.
Once the teaching process has begun it is the responsibility of the teacher to keep other professionals informed about all learners by keeping accurate registers of attendance, ensuring that all learners have followed induction procedures and that records are updated to this effect. It is also of importance that Indivdual Learning Plans (ILP) are created and held on file for reference as well as teaching and assessment plans – this will ensure that all professionals have access to a learners information and that all aspects of data protection are followed.
Establishing and maintaining a safe and supportive learning environment would be to ensure that the area being used is clean and tidy – that all students can access the area and that each individual is seated comfortably and has a clear view of the teacher with no obstacles hindering their quality of learning. To be supportive of all learners is to be able to answer any questions or concerns they may have – to repeat or clarify points raised within the teaching session and too never make a learner feel uncomfortable or anxious if they need extra time on a subject.
This would be enforced to all students at the beginning of a new learning experience – promoting appropriate behaviour and respect for others – this would be done by way of group discussion and establishing ground rules that each learner has participated in – it is part of a teacher’s role to ensure that all learners are respectful to each other from inception – to ensure that more confident learners do not overshadow the quality of a less ambiguous individual.
By establishing ground rules in the first teaching session and ensuring full class participation is to make all learners aware that they take responsibility for the sort of environment they wish to learn in and that at any time – the teacher or learner can request the rules are clarified if the promotion of appropriate behaviour and respect for other learners is required.
In conclusion the author has a good and sound basic understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a teacher. Relevant Acts, Regulations and Legislation are constantly at the forefront of a teachers delivery – this ensures the safety of all learners and promotes the inclusion, equality and diversity of all learners and how to meet their specific individual needs.