The current code of conduct for teachers – “Teachers’ Standards” – have been in effect since September 2012 and were established by the Department of Education. These are the expectations of all staff placed by London Teaching Pool Ltd (TLTP). In addition, when you are placed in an establishment you should find out as soon as possible whether there is a specific code of conduct that you should follow.
The 8 main areas of guidance from the Department of Education aim to ensure that the pupils are at the heart of teachers’ work. These are:
Further information about each guideline can be found in the Teachers Standards
In addition to the Teachers Standards, TLTP have a code of conduct which must be adhered to by all staff placed in jobs. These are:
Good Standards, Respect & Confidentiality
Treat all children, young people and vulnerable adults with respect. Provide an example of good conduct that you wish others to follow.
Ensure that whenever possible there is more than one adult present during activities with children and young people, or at least that you are within sight or hearing of others.
Alert a colleague if it is strictly necessary to speak to a child on their own. This should not be in a secluded area of the school, and you should ensure visual access and/or an open door.
Recognise that special caution is required in moments when you are discussing sensitive issues with children or young people. You may wish to take guidance from a senior member of staff in these situations.
Respect a child’s right to personal privacy. If a child requires assistance with intimate care (e.g. help with toileting) staff should ensure another appropriate adult is in the vicinity and is aware of the task to be undertaken.
Confidential information about a child should never be disclosed without good reason, or used to intimidate or embarrass the pupil.
Wherever possible, transport should not be undertaken in private vehicles. There should be at least one adult additional to the driver to act as an escort.
You should challenge unacceptable behaviour by another member of staff and bring this to the immediate attention of the designated senior person, or another senior manager.
You should never swear in front of children nor use slang words and terms or phrases commonly used by some people as it can be offensive to others.
You should always arrive on time at school, we will inform you what the times are before starting. If you realise that you are going to be delayed or unable to attend you need to telephone TLTP immediately on 020 8709 6540.
Staff should ensure they are dressed decently (smart/casual), safely and appropriately for the tasks they undertake. If a school has a specific standard you will be advised prior to starting the assignment.
A ’no touch’ approach is impractical for most staff and may be appropriate in some circumstances. When physical contact is made, this should be in response to their needs at the time, of limited duration and appropriate given their age, gender, stage of development, ethnicity and background.
Be aware that physical contact with a child or young person may be misinterpreted.
If you have to intervene in a fight to prevent harm, you should use the minimum force possible. Avoid contact with bare skin, or any areas that could be considered erogenous.
If physical contact is necessary (e.g. to demonstrate a piece of equipment or racket stroke) the pupil should be informed in advance, and if they say ’no’ or indicate discomfort this must be respected.
You should never touch a child in any way that could be considered indecent, nor indulge in horseplay, tickling or fun fights.
Child Abuse & Exploitation
It is essential that everyone who works with children is aware of and understands their responsibilities in safeguarding children. For more information see our Child Protection Policy.
Any sexual behaviour by a member of staff with or towards a child is inappropriate and illegal. It is a criminal offence for any person in a position of trust to engage in sexual activity with a child under 18. Under no circumstances should adults in schools access inappropriate or indecent images.
If you think a pupil may be infatuated with you, speak to a senior colleague as soon as possible so that appropriate action can be taken.
You should not seek to establish or establish social contact with any pupil. This includes not giving out personal details such as your address, phone number or email.
For more information on the issues and responsibilities concerning child protection visit the UK Government’s Safeguarding Children
You should not accept gifts from children or parents. Occasionally children or parents may give tokens of appreciation (for example at Christmas). These may be accepted if they are not of significant value.