Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector.
Describe what your role, responsibilities and boundaries would be as a teacher in terms of the teaching/training cycle.
The VT Engineering Academy is located within HMS Sultan Naval Engineering
College in Gosport. It is a post 16 engineering college delivering
recognised apprenticeships to the commercial sector. The technical delivery is broken
down into two main parts: academic and craft each with their own external standards
to comply with: for academic it is the EDEXCEL Business Technician Education
Council (BTEC) and for craft the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), both
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A role in the first stage of the process would be to devise and construct the lesson plan
according to establishment code of practise and templates, there is no legislation
governing the use and construction of lesson plans but is an expectation under Office
for Standards in Education (OFSTED). A responsibility would be then to understand
the lesson plans and to have a deeper and underpinning knowledge of the subject in
order to carry out effective and engaging delivery. A boundary would be
compliance with the criteria set down and to be aware of the level required.
The initial assessment phase of the cycle in the case of the Academy is very much an
external function. The apprentices must comply with the academic standards set
down by the government for its Modern Apprenticeship Scheme; this is adopted by
the individual employers who also set entry standards. The main role of the lecturer is
to be aware of any educational deficiencies or disabilities that might arise from the
initial assessment phase. The Academy policy is to have documented any disabilities
with the lecturer being informed, providing that the employer agrees and no
contravention of the Data Protection Act (1998) occurs. A natural boundary now
occurs as lectures privileged to private and medical information should be treated
with respect and kept private. Not only is this a moral boundary but also governed by
Academy Policy and UK Legislation (already mentioned).
“To be a successful learning facilitator the teacher should be empathetic, warm and caring and a provider of specific, descriptive, and nonjudgmental feedback. Teachers also should be positive and respectful to others, open and genuine, a capable communicator, and interested in enlarging the students own knowledge and productively introspective. With these qualities the teacher can be an effective learning facilitator”.
B. Kevin & K. Len (2000) (Third edition). Beginning Teaching and
The delivery phase is perhaps the most important with direct engagement of the
lecturer and apprentice. The main role during this phrase is deliver the subject and to
engage with the students in a passionate and instilling manner. A responsibility
would be to ensure that it is done in compliance with UK Legislation for both student
and teacher working in a safe environment as encompassed in the Health and Safety
at Work Act (1974), various European Union Directives and the Academy Charter.
The lecturer should also be aware of students with special needs and encourage
conditions for their success. A boundary in the delivery of lesson would either be
physical in that you have to use the resources and space available, correct IT, enough
space and adequate lightening (this would also come under legislation).