Roles and Responsibilities in Lifelong Learning

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Roles, responsibilities and relationships in lifelong learning

As a teacher I have roles, responsibilities and boundaries affecting my learners, which I aim to explore using the various pieces of legislation, regulations and codes of practice, then analyse my own experience and reflective ideas.

According to Gravells (2011) my main role is to teach my subject “in a way that actively involves and engages (my) learners during every session…motivating them…(managing) the learning process…assess their progress, give relevant feedback and keep appropriate records”. In addition, the author describes boundaries as “the constraints you might be under as a teacher (and) the negative aspects to your roles and responsibilities”. In
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In addition, the relative abilities and behaviours of our learners are beyond our remit, and as already established we have a duty of care to “signpost” to where they can receive appropriate and additional support. Both the guide and the college website offer a point of referral for those circumstances where the normal learner/teacher relationship cannot resolve issues affecting learning, for example counselling services, healthy lifestyle information, learning support (for those students with Special Educational Needs). Vizard (2012) discussed these and more as causes of challenging behaviour. I would encourage my learners to use these services as eliminating and dealing with these issues (and the inability to do so) has a direct effect on the learning environment and the ability to teach and learn. In addition the use of a dress code should help to establish boundaries. I would dress “in a way that allows others to know you are important”, or establish a clear ground rule for example, insisting ‘hoodies’ are not covering the head and face.

I feel the Institute for Learning is a good method for professionals to stay within their own learning/teaching cycle by offering and actively encouraging the use of Continuing Professional Development to achieve better standards in teaching. They have also established the Code of Professional Practice, covering professional integrity; respect; reasonable care; professional practice; criminal offence


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