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 Education Funding 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.
All the Ptlls assignments are listed with a link to a more detailed discussion of each.
The theory part is your essays. All the essay questions for both levels are covered in much greater detail on their own page, just click on the link. The practical section is your scheme of work, session plan, microteach, reflective journal and all that jazz.
The assignments separated in to two sections: the level three and the level four. The content is the same, the difference is in the word count (as in more for level four) and the tone of the questions. Where level three asks you to “describe” something, level four asks you to “review” it. We go in to this more in Ptlls levels.
Ptlls Assignment 1 – Theory – Level 3
Ptlls Assignment 1 – Theory – Level 4
Ptlls Assignment 2 – Practical – Level 3
Ptlls Assignment 2 – Practical – level 4
This is a lot. Don’t worry. What do you need to know more about? The difference between level 3 and 4?