Managing Behaviour in a Learning Environment Essay

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Managing and Responding to Behaviours in a Learning Environment

Task 1 – The Context of Behaviour Issues

i. Describe and discuss the aspects of national legislation which have relevance to behaviour in the learning environment. (300 words)

There are a number of legislative acts that impact on the learning environment and cater for both learners and staff in any institution. The following Acts: Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (2001); Race Relations Act (1976) and Race Relations (Amendment) Act (2000); Racial and Religious Hatred Act (2006) and the Equality Act (2006) essentially set out that there should be no discrimination against any person on the grounds of race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, religion
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All the policies can be accessed by tutors through the service website. Recently the service published a handbook for tutors aimed at supporting the induction process. Whilst it clearly sets out the roles and responsibilities of the tutor it does not mention any of the policies and procedures that have been drawn up by the service and how they can be accessed. Learners should receive a copy of the student charter when they begin a course and depending on the tutor they either receive a copy of the WAES class rules or work as a group to establish the rules for their own particular class.

The handbook does talk about punctuality and attendance. It states that, “WAES, the SFA and Ofsted all expect a commitment to attendance and punctuality from our learners.” (WAES, 2010:14) It suggests that tutors firstly find out why a student may be arriving late or attending poorly, which shows an awareness that our students are adult learners and often have other commitments. However, recently tutors were reminded that it is their legal responsibility to complete the register on-line within the first 15 minutes of the class starting due to Health and Safety guidelines. Clearly this can create a possible tension; on the one hand the tutor is asked to be understanding of a
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