Staff Code of Conduct
Staff Code of Conduct
REVIEWED JULY 2016, SEPTEMBER 2017, SEPTEMBER 2018, SEPTEMBER 2019
Signed BY LEAD TEACHER: ANIL SARNA
Signed BY CHAIR OF TRUSTEES: WENDY HOLLWAY
Next review SEPTEMBER 2020
This code of conduct reflects the standards of behaviour expected of its staff whilst they are engaged in work for the school. This includes education and administration work. Staff members should be aware that if they are found to be in breach of this code of conduct, they may be subject to disciplinary action which may include dismissal if the breach is considered gross misconduct. The code of conduct has two parts; the first part covering working with students, which is the day to day work of the staff team; the second part covering the maintenance of a good working atmosphere at the school.
Staff members need to be aware that Hebden Bridge School is responsible for the safety and wellbeing of the students even when they are aged 18 or over, whilst they are in our care. The law requires that we treat all of the students as if they were children. As a general rule, staff should consider carefully what they say or do with the students when they are in their care and whether it sets a good example to the students. It is governed by one rule: setting an acceptable example to the students.
Staff should also be aware that they need to play their part in maintaining a harmonious working environment in the school. They should ensure that they do not harm the working environment at the school.
Code of conduct
Part 1: working with the students.
Staff are expected, irrespective of students’ age, to set a good example at all times, by:
getting to work on time;
speaking in an appropriate way, (for example not using swear words or making sexually explicit, racist, sexist, or homophobic jokes or comments);
silencing mobile phones and not using them in school time unless for research or in a genuine emergency;
not discussing other staff or students in front of students or in public places.
Staff should avoid:
suggestive physical contact with students, for example when guiding a student contact should be made with the hands, arms, and shoulders and when greeting a student, contact should be made hand to hand;
inappropriate social contact with students and their families outside of school time, for example via social media, emails, phone calls and text messages, or visits to students’ homes;
all smoking-related activities with students irrespective of age, or exposing them to any material that is age inappropriate, such as videos, games or films;
providing or participating in consuming alcohol;
using computers or similar devices during school hours for personal purposes such as shopping, personal business, social networking or gaming.
Staff should be alert for any safeguarding concerns, listening carefully to what a student may be trying to say and complete a Safeguarding form when required. They should attend safeguarding training sessions to update knowledge and skills and communicate with the designated Safeguarding Officer if concerned about the actions of other members or staff.
Part 2: maintaining a good working environment.
Staff members have opportunities to discuss any concerns they may have about their work, including at staff meetings and one-to-one meetings that are part of the school performance management programme. In addition to these meetings, staff members can request informal meetings to discuss their concerns or report their concerns in writing.
In light of the above staff are expected to support other members of the staff team and decisions of the school meeting and their management. Staff are expected to respect the teacher/pupil relationship status and understand the position of trust that follows. They are charged with taking appropriate care of equipment, fixtures and fittings in the school and expected to report any damage.
Please return this form to the Lead teacher.