1 Explainthe teaching role and responsibilities in education and training As a teacher, your role is one of greatsignificance in the classroom, as you are the point of authority and leader ofthe group. The responsibilities relate to the five stages of the teachertraining cycle. According to Ann Gravells, there are five key stages involvedin teaching. Following the teacher training cycle should lead to an effectiveand successful learning environment. All five stages are important, but due tospace constraints, this assignment will cover three aspects of the cycle.From my personal experience of teaching, I feelthat identification of need, planning and design and delivery/facilitation areparticularly important for successful teaching. Identifying needs has asignificant impact on planning and design, as it depends on whether there arelearners with special educational needs or physical impairments, such as ahearing impairment or sight.
This would have an impact on the planning, as itwould be necessary to use differentiated resources and learning materials toengage and design an inclusive environment. For example, printing offPowerPoint slides prior to the lesson for those with a hearing impairment. (Gravells,2018) The delivery and facilitation of the lessonis ensuring that the plan of the lesson goes smoothly and the teacher makes surethat they are providing guidance and checking in and referring back to thelearning outcomes to ensure that learners are on task and following instructionby asking relevant questions at key points in the lesson. 1.2 Summarise key aspects of legislation,regulatory requirements and codes of practice relating to own role andresponsibilities As a professional teacher, it is important to ensure thatlegislation and codes of practice are met and adhered to, which aim to keepchildren safe and promote the wellbeing of children and young people. Theseinclude: The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), Data Protection Act (1998)and Equality Act (1998), amongst others. These laws are created to keep youngpeople and working professionals safe. Under the counter terrorism and SecurityAct (2015), the Prevent strategy is now prevalent in educational organisationsto promote teaching professionals to help prevent young people being drawn intoterrorism.
Teachers are constantly observing and working with variousindividuals who may be vulnerable to risk. Therefore, the Prevent strategy aimsto reduce the risk of terrorism and protect young people. Following the code of practice involves treating yourstudents equally and with respect and dignity.
There should be equality,inclusivity and diversity in the classroom. Equality is giving each of your studentsrights to attend and participate in your lessons, regardless of protectedcharacteristics. Inclusivity is involving all your students in activities andensuring that resources are accessible by all students in the class, despitelearning differences or impairments.
Diversity is the celebration of differenceand valuing the individual differences in others (Gravells, 2007). 1.3 Explain ways to promote equality anddiversity It is important to promote equality and diversity in theclassroom. This can be done in many ways, such as treating everyone fairly andequally and creating an inclusive learning environment for students.
To have asuccessful learning environment each student should have an equal chance inparticipating and engaging with activities. It is also of uppermost importancethat there is no discrimination against those with individual differences.Diversity can be promoted by raising awareness of other cultures and includingdiscussion of cultural differences whenever it is relevant. Including variedexamples with those of different genders, age and cultural differences willhelp to encourage open-mindedness in learners. 1.
4 Explain why it is important to identifyand meet individual learner needs Asmentioned previously in the five key stages of learning, identifying individuallearner needs is a very important part of the teaching process. This is toensure that learners receive the appropriate support and assessments to helpthem to achieve on the course. Learners may be working at different levels ofability, which is why differentiation is important. For example, extensiontasks for those of higher ability and providing appropriate motivation andsupport for those of lower level ability. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs can be applied to a classroom environmentfor a humanistic approach, which highlights that children learn best in anonthreatening environment where they can flourish. For students to reach theirfull potential, the teacher should provide: a firm base of physiological needsthrough ensuring that students are fed well and warm, safety needs by keeping theirlearning environment safe, belongingness and love in promoting connections andencouraging healthy relationships in class. This can then result in studentsbuilding in confidence and self-esteem to achieve their full potential.
(Teachnology,n.d.) In FE, it is normal for learners to sit a diagnosticassessment to gain an understanding of previous knowledge and key skills. Theseassessments can also highlight if there will be a need for additional learningsupport for learning difficulties, such as dyslexia or cognitive deficits.Identifying individual needs can remove significant barriers to learning andhelp learners to come up with strategies to help them cope with academicpressures. 3.1 Explain how theteaching role involves working with other professionals In the workplace, communication skills are key. As a teacher,you have a crucial role in communicating and liaising with various otherprofessionals.
This ranges from tutors, learning support staff and wellbeingservices to IT help and security. It is important to communicate effectivelywith these professionals to ensure the smooth running of a successfuleducational organisation. For example, as I am teaching a FE GCSE Maths classwith varying behavioural difficulties, this means I have a duty to log absencesand liaise with the tutors to ensure they know how their tutees are getting onor if there are any serious concerns. 3.
2 Explain theboundaries between the teaching role and other professional roles There are clear professional work boundaries in the teachingprofession. A teacher’s role is to follow the teacher training cycle, ensurethat students are safe and supported in the classroom and that they achievetheir learning outcomes. However, there are other issues that students canbring into the classroom and these can often be addressed by otherprofessionals, such as student wellbeing services, in the case of mental healthproblems. There should be limited contact with learners outside of a professional,workplace environment and when there is contact, that this is done using a validprofessional email address, to ensure that boundaries are kept in place.
Furthermore,if a teacher is approached and confided in by a student presenting with safeguardingissues, then this would be immediately referred on to safeguardingprofessionals to protect the learner and the teacher. 3.3 Describe pointsof referral to meet the individual needs of learners When a learner enrols at college, there is an initialassessment and interview where individual needs can be identified and spokenabout. It is crucial that the learner receives appropriate support and is givenan equal chance to succeed in a FE environment.
For example, if the student ispresenting with a learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, they can be referredto learning support as soon as they start their course. When a learner presents with individual needs in theclassroom, such as a mental health issue, learning difficulty or a physicaldisability then it is imperative that they are aware of the learning supportthat is available to them and referred to the appropriate professionals. Forexample, if a student has been diagnosed with ADHD then they are likely to berestless and have a short attention span. This can have an effect on learningbecause if the learner is not properly engaged they could be disrupting otherlearners.
Therefore, it could be an option to refer the student to internalreferral points, such as learning support and request a support worker inclass. There are also external points of referral, such as counselling servicesfor those learners experiencing mental health issues and it would be beneficialto research advice from relevant websites, telephone helplines andorganisations that can help young people with health and wellbeing.