Unit 008- Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Lifelong Learning When thinking about primary roles and responsibilities as a tutor, you must take into account legislation, regulatory requirements and codes of practice. In the Spa sector key aspects of legislation are: Health and Safety at Work Act (1974). This act was put in place to ensure that everyone is protected against any risks and that all activities have been suitably risk assessed. In the beauty industry there are lots of processes that involve using chemicals, and/or substances hazardous to health. Therefore COSHH (control of substances hazardous to health) regulations are paramount to the safe storage, handling and use of chemicals such as oxide, which is used a developer in eyelash tinting. The Data Protection Act (1998; amended in 2003)
'made provision for the regulation of the processing of information relating to individuals, including the obtaining, holding, use or disclosure of such information.' As a tutor it is a requirement to keep a progression file on each student, that may include sensitive information collected for example at interview stage. It is a responsibility that all data must be stored appropriately, preferably on a password protected computer, or locked storage cabinet. Only limited individuals may have access to this information. Also, prior to performing a treatment, students will be asked to perform a consultation with clients. This information must also be stored securely for up to 6 months after their visit, it will then be destroyed in the appropriate manner after this time. Generic acts of legislation and codes relating to teaching in the lifelong sector are: Children Act (2004)
Protection of Children Act(1999)
Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006)
Equality Act (2006 then amended in 2010). This act aims:
'to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society' Equality and Diversity are important to take into consideration when teaching. 'Equality is about the rights of learners to have access to, attend, and participate in their chosen learning experience. Equality can also be described as everyone being different, but having equal rights.' 'Diversity is about valuing and respecting the differences in learners.' Both Equality and Diversity
'are regardless of age, ability and/or circumstances, or any other individual characteristics they may have.' As a tutor, you have a responsibility to ensure the activities and assessments used to facilitate learning are pitched at the correct level, questions are worded in the correct manner to avoid embarrassment to any students, and you must also ensure particular students are not disadvantaged or overly advantaged. It is important to remain impartial and not demonstrate favouritism, or impart your particular beliefs or views on a subject to your students. It is very important to treat all learners with respect and dignity at all times and be non-judgemental. By creating awareness of equality and diversity amongst your group of students by creating a lesson plan which incorporates an activity based around this, you are less likely to receive any negativity. For Example; Indian Head Massage is a mandatory subject at NVQ level 3. As a theme you could start a discussion about the history, how it originated (families in India used it for generations as a method of bonding), how it is used now, which hopefully the group would find interesting. You could further go on to find out about any other cultures that use a massage in the same way. This would create awareness and hopefully make the students more understanding and tolerant towards each other. (See overleaf for 1.3 - Teacher Learner Cycle) The first stage of becoming a good tutor is to correctly identify and meet the needs of learners, by carrying out a thorough initial assessment. This will identify...
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