Policies and Legislation in Education There are numerous policies and legislation for education; these provide a fundamental structure by which all teaching bodies must abide by to ensure individuals are not discriminated against in any way, their human rights are not violated and that they are kept safe at all times, to name a few examples. I am going to discuss the main policies and legislation in further detail. Education Act 2011: This has numerous areas of consideration and is the latest of the Educational Acts to be passed through Parliament.
It introduces target free early years care for preschool GE children, makes changes to provisions on school discipline and restricts public reporting of allegations made against teachers/instructors. It has passed powers onto the Secretary of State, when five separate organizations were involved previously. The Education Act 2011 includes measures relating to school admissions, school meals, inspections etc. Data Protection Act 1998: The basic notion of this act is that any form of personal information that is obtained, stored or used must be kept confidential.
This includes information about the individuals’ sex, age, address, sexual preference, political opinions, race etc. This Act also includes the right to access this personal data. This states that the individual must be asked their permission before such data is obtained, be made aware the purpose for gaining this information, as well as the details of the recipients that may have the personal information disclosed to them. There are of course, exemptions; for example, if there was an issue of national security or a crime has been committed the leading bodies in these fields may be exempt from following the usual procedures and rules.
Equality Act 2010: This act is comprised of nine main pieces of legislation… The Equal pay Act 1970 The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 The Race Relations Act 1976 The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 The Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 The Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 The Equality Act 2006, part 2 The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 What all of these Acts have in common is the enforcement of equality; no one should be discriminated against for being who they are.
The Equality Act puts the ownership Policies and Legislation in Education H By achieves onto the public bodies; they nave a duty to implement procedures that will remove or animism disadvantages that people may suffer due to their characteristics and they need to take steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups. The Act also extends to the encouragement of people in protected groups to participate if desired. Education without Discrimination in UK law: It is unlawful for any education provider to discriminate between pupils on grounds of race, sex, disability etc.
Until October 2010 the Equality Act came into force (see above) and this consolidated the various equality laws. However, the change in government to Libeled/Conservative coalition has delayed the full implementation of the Act. Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 / Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999: These two Acts cover many issues but all of which are in place to ensure that individuals (pupils and visitors alike) are kept safe whilst under the supervision of others and procedures are implemented to reduce the likelihood of injury.
It is also noted that where young or vulnerable people may be affected the duty of care is greater. The main regulation when managing Health and Safety at work is that employers carry out risk assessments to reduce or eliminate risks. Employers must monitor and review their risk assessments, ensure people with appropriate training are appointed to implement safety procedures, set up emergency procedures and provide employees/pupils with information about them.
The Children Act (1989) and (2004) / United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child / Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013: All three of these legislations are in place to ensure that no child is hurt, put at risk of harm or abuse regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity. They also provide procedures that are to be adhered to for the prevention of such things and what to do when these rules are broken.
One of the main ways an employer can take measures against possible harm caused to young and vulnerable individuals is by ensuring all staff that comes into contact with this group of people is DB’S checked. Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988: This act applies to literacy, dramatics (plays, dance etc), Music, Art, typography, sound recording, films and broadcasts. Copyright arises whenever an individual or company creates work. Someone else may have an interpretation that is related to an independent creation and that is fine but to use the creation itself would be to upright.
Nevertheless, there are exemptions for education purposes. Teachers are allowed to have unlimited manual copies of literacy, dramatic etc for the purposes of instruction. This means, for example, diagrams can be re-drawn on a white board for students to copy but photocopies of the material would not be acceptable unless the teaching establishment/body had permission to do so. Similarly, students can use quotes, published material etc but must identify the source when doing so.
These are the educational exceptions established by copyright law; Copyright Licensing Agency License: multiple copies to print resources Creating a course pack Copying from newspapers Copying Crown and Parliamentary copyright materials Copyright and sound and video recordings Policies and Legislation relating to Enema’s Equine Training All of the legislations and policies are important and implemented at Enema’s Equine Training; however, certain policies and legislations are more relevant on a day to day basis.
Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974: Working with horses comes with its own safety concerns; whilst all “regular” hazards need to be assessed and monitored, pupils need to pay particular attention to the asks involved when handling and riding horses. Special protective clothing must be worn, such as a riding hat, appropriate foot wear and no lose items of Jewelry etc. Care must be taken when mucking out the stables; there are numerous trip hazards, equine waste and lifting. All pupils are made aware of what is expected of them and what we do to work with them to ensure their health and safety at all times.
This is reassessed and communicated regularly. One regulation, that comes under the health and safety umbrella, and is relevant to Enema’s Equine Training is, The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulation, 1998. COUCH – Enema’s Equine Training has a Control of Substances Hazardous to Health policy. This ensures that individuals are kept as safe as possible by providing control measures to reduce harm to health, providing information, instruction and training and planning for any emergencies.
RIDDED – Reporting of Injures, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 This regulation ensures that the responsible person reports certain serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and any near misses to the appropriate body. This means that at Enema’s Equine Training, if a student should fall ND seriously injure themselves or contract a disease from one of the horses, for example I would report these occurrences.
Safeguarding: Safeguarding policies and procedures are in place at Enema’s Equine Training; all teaching bodies are DB’S checked and aware of their responsibilities and duties to young and vulnerable people. Copyright: All of the course material has prior permission for use by the College of West Anglia and all teaching aids do not violate copyright. Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970: Before we are able to teach at a riding stable that stable needs to have a license, this means that the company meets all of the legal requirements to run.
The license holder must meet strict criteria and abide by the rules I place. No under sixteen year old can be left in control of the establishment or permitted to instruct or be in control of a lesson. The persons in charge of a lesson must have sufficient experience, be competent handlers to horses and hold appropriate qualifications . There are also instructor/student ratios to be considered, for example, an intermediate instructor would have a recommended ratio of 5/8 students but this would be different for such activities as hacks.