Evaluate own role and responsibilities in lifelong learning 1/1. 3 As a driving instructor my role is a varied one. My roles include: assessor, coach, counsellor, facilitator, instructor, and presenter, amongst others. Each of these roles comes with its own responsibilities. ‘Acting within professional codes’ for example, involves knowledge of the Code of Professional Practice (2008) which was introduced by the Institute for Learning, to cover the activities of teachers in the Lifelong Sector.
The code is based on seven behaviours: professional integrity, respect, reasonable care, professional practice, criminal offence disclosure, responsibility during institute investigations and responsibility. Additional responsibilities include adhering to and maintaining knowledge of current legislation with regard to the Equality Act 2006 which covers 6 ‘strands’ – age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief and sexual orientation.
The Protection of Children Act 1999, the Human Rights Act 1998, Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, Data Protection Act 1998 as well as all relevant Health and Safety issues. (Health and Safety at Work Act 1974). “The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, also referred to as HASAW or HSW, is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in the United Kingdom. ” The Health and Safety at Work Act web site.
Accessed 5/11/2012 (hse. gov. uk/legislation/hswa. htm) I must also conform and trade under the boundaries of the Equality Act 2010. Within my role as a driving instructor I must not discriminate against any sex, age, gender, ability, or people with disabilities. “The Equality Act 2010 is the law which bans unfair treatment and helps achieve equal opportunities in the workplace and in wider society. ” Referencing from Home Office web site 2012 (homeoffice. gov. k/equalities/equality-act/) I’m going to focus a little more on two of these roles: Coaching and mentoring. Coaching is… “a process that enables learning and development to occur and thus performance to improve. To be successful, a Coach requires knowledge and understanding of a process as well as the variety of styles, skills and techniques that are appropriate to the context in which the coaching takes place” Eric Parsloe, The Manager as Coach and Mentor (1999) page 8.
Eric is a respected author and Director of the OCM Mentoring is… “off-line help by one person to another in making significant transitions in knowledge, work or thinking” Clutterbuck, D & Megginson, D, Mentoring Executives and Directors (1999) page 3 David Clutterbuck & David Megginson are both founder members of The European Mentoring and Coaching Council and highly respected authors, academics and consultants in the mentoring arena.
I apply these skills every day within my workplace as a driving instructor. It would be extremely easy to simply tell people what to do all the time, however, I find it much more rewarding for both myself and my pupil if the session is a 2-way conversation involving problem solving through question and answer technique whilst trying to steer the pupil to the correct conclusion rather than just giving them the answer with no thought process involved at all.