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Key aspects of current legislative requirements

Essay 2 coming up! In my course this was bundled with T3 on equality and diversity because they are very related and both quite short. Check out the full list of Ptlls assignments if you need a different one.

Level 3 – Identify the key aspects of current legislative requirements and codes of practice relevant to your subject and the type of organisation within which you work/or would like to work. Recommended word count 150-250 words.

Level 4 – Summarise the key aspects of current legislative requirements and codes of practice relevant to your subject and the type of organisation within which you work/would like to work. Recommended word count 250-350 words.

It says “key aspects” because this is potentially a huge subject and it wants you to separate the wheat from the chaff. In order to stay within the word limit you are going to have to be careful and considered.

This is also a chance for you to get more involved in your own specialty. Everyone’s answers to the second part should be quite different because they depend on your chosen field and the place you work or want to be working. Someone teaching guitar at a youth club is different from an onsite construction NVQ trainer.

Of course one of the issues at the time of writing is the disruption being wreaked on education and particularly FE. The Further Education and Training Act 2007 is seeing significant change and I think the mood with FE at the moment is to try and stay as up to date as possible but recognise things are in flux and wait for the dust to settle.

Current legislative requirements

You need to get the formatting right on this as well, spelling out the Acts properly and including the year and any amendments. It’s not hard, just a bit painstaking and will require a proofread.

The obvious ones that spring to mind are here with links to their official websites.

But it’s also worth looking at stuff like The Young Persons Learning Agency, The Skills Funding Agency and Ofsted which all deal with FE related issues.

Codes of practice

This really is more specific to your industry and your organisation. If you’re not currently in education – like a lot of Ptlls students – just pretend you are at your dream job or working at the organisation you are taking the course at. The benefit of that is that you should be able to get access to some of their documentation for their tutors giving you an idea of the immense amount of policies and procedures that there are!

Also, as part of your induction you probably should have been exposed to some of this stuff – health and safety, a tutor / student contract, an appeals / complaints policy. The beauty of Ptlls is that being taught actually reinforces the lessons you are learning.

Level 3 and 4

For level 3 you could get away with just a list of the legislation and relevant codes of practice if all you have to do is identify them. To summarise within this word limit is tricky but you get a precious extra 100 words for level 4. A sentence or two on each piece relating them back to teaching / your subject should do the trick.

Okay! Hope that helped. Drop a comment if you have anything to add. The rest of the essays are on the Ptlls assignments page if you need another one.

13 Responses to Key aspects of current legislative requirements

  1. Hi I’m doing my PTLLS course on Monday 18th April the prep work is half done. I’ve read through all the tips and found this site very helpful. I shall get stuck in tomorrow and finish it before the weekend!

  2. I have just started PTLLS, just finished the first 2 assignments. Now looking for resources re: assignment 2 & 3. Found your information, thanks for the pointers.

  3. I am in the process of trying to attempt assignment 1 for my PTLLS course and I am struggling….. just had baby and my brain seems to have gone to mush, really don’t know where to start…… everytime I think I am on the right tracks, I forget which way I am going!!! Any suggestions would be great…. I have taken a look at this website and all the info is good….

  4. Alex, through the use of google I was able to see a numbger of approaches taken to this and other assignments, search term: PTLLS assignment ‘the assignment title’.

    Hope this helps

  5. Hi, I’m in the process of completing the 2nd Assignment and your site has been really helpful!! Thank you Its good to know that I’m on the right lines. Naz

  6. This site has been invaluable to me. Although I’m finding this assignment the worse one to try to do. I’m blinded by the offical acts etc. I’ve also got a very short time frame which is just adding to the pressure.

  7. Thinking of studying PTLLs but not sure what it might involve. The information on this site is most helpful. Just need the courage to apply now . Many thnaks

  8. The website Dave mentioned is very good, I have just started my PTTLS and being of a non-academic background Im finding it hard. any tips on getting my brain into gear!!

  9. Hi, I am attending a PTTLS course next Monday and I am attempting the 2nd assignment.
    Am I right in thinking a list of current legilastion and also codes of practice within my industry are enough?
    Feels like I should be doing more work, is this enough?
    Many thanks x

  10. Very useful…. Have not studied or done an assignment in 8 years …my information is all over the place with no flow.

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