Assessment one: Essay: The Roles and Responsibilities of a Teacher
The role of the modern teacher has evolved considerably over time. It is no longer commonplace for a teacher to simply scibe at the front of a classroom whilst students copy down text. A teacher has a moral and statutory responsibility to their learners. This essay will examine how safeguarding, equality and diversity and professional codes impact on the teacher.
Safeguarding is the process of protecting children and young people from abuse or harm. The government introduced new legislation known as ‘Every Child Matters’ after the death of Victoria Climbia, a young girl who was neglected by her carers, and whose torture was not picked up by a number of different groups. It is the teacher’s moral and statutory responsibility to ensure that conditions for ECM are met. The five main areas that are ...view middle of the document...
’ It is this diverse nature of learners that the teacher needs to account for and build in to their lesson plans. This type of approach is known as the ‘andragogical model’ which has the learner at the centre influencing the choice of teaching methods used. An example of this in the classroom I have used is short animated film clips which reinforce factual information delivered by powerpoint.
Professional codes and national standards also impact on the role of a teacher. The Health and Safety Act (1974) would mean that the teacher is responsible for pointing out fire exits and assembly points. Also ensuring bags are stored safely and that the classroom is free from other trip hazards. The Equality Act (2010) protects nine characteristics which means people cannot be treated in an unlawful way. This affects the role of a teacher as these characteristics should be considered when lesson planning and how these can be brought into the lesson. As a teacher of I have often brought equality into the lesson. Tasks based around gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and age have been used to highlight where these groups may have been treated unfairly and also what is now being done to improve representation of these groups.
Walklin(1990) commented ‘A teacher must be multi -faceted adapting to ever changing circumstance. Qualities and characteristics desirable in a teacher run hand in hand with basic responsibilities and it is difficult to separate them.’ This shows quite aptly that a teacher today has many responsibilities from the legal legislation such as HSA (1974) or Equality Act (2010) that they must consider when planning and delivering lessons to the moral duties they have such as ensuring all students learn and achieve.
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Walklin, L. (1990) Teaching and Learning in Further and Adult Education. Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes.