This Code of Professional Practice promotes professional behaviour for Members of The College. Central to the Code are respect for the individuality of the learner, and recognition of the collaborative nature of the profession of learning and teaching.
Members of The College of Teachers agree to abide by The College's Code of Professional Practice by which they will:
- Conduct themselves at all times with integrity in the discharge of their duties according to law and this clause overrides all others, so that where there is conflict, this clause shall prevail;
- Maintain high standards of personal behaviour at all times and to do nothing to bring themselves, The College or the profession into disrepute;
- Take personal responsibility for the establishment and maintenance of good relations with other professional, public and private bodies;
- Maintain the integrity of the profession in public and in the media;
- Take no improper action which might injure or malign the reputation of other professionals;
- Respect the rights of the individual;
- Respect the wishes and aspirations of parents, guardians and carers of pupils and students;
- Maintain the strict confidentiality of personal information;
- Ensure, as far as is possible, that individual pupils and students, and groups of pupils and students, achieve their full educational potential;
- . Exercise professional judgement in furthering the resolution of educational problems;
- . Refrain from any acts that may cause teachers and pupils harm;
- . Take no advantage of a position of authority with a pupil or student for personal, political or other purposes;
- . Further the development of professional skills, knowledge and attitudes in themselves and colleagues; and
- . Ensure positive collaboration with those in educational and other institutions, authorities, examination boards and other specialist bodies.