This document outlines the School expectation in relation to employee conduct and outlines the School responsibility to the employee. This document mainly refers conduct expected in the work place but may also cover conducted when representing the School e.g. whilst at training, attending work related functions or activities on social media that may affect the reputation of the School. It should also be used in conjunction with other relevant policies and standards such as professional standards, child protection and safeguarding policies, behaviour policy, contract of employment/written statement of particulars, to name but a few. Given the nature of this establishment, this document should also be a guide to assist in ensuring children’s and employees safety. It therefore explains the responsibilities the School has toward employees and children/pupils on a whole school basis. This code should be reviewed regularly by Governors and reissued to staff after the review.
This School has a duty of care to the pupils/children within it and also to all employees. This duty should be at the heart of all employee and employer practice. Pupils/children – employees within this School have a duty to keep pupils/children safe and protect them from harm. Given the position of trust this places employees in, employees are expected to take reasonable steps to ensure pupils/children’s safety and well being. Please refer to Safeguarding policy Employees – employers should provide a safe working environment and appropriate guidance regarding safer working practices. They should also ensure that employees are treated fairly and reasonably in all circumstances. Employees will be informed of all relevant policies as part of their induction. Where a new or revised policy is adopted, the School will ensure each employee has access to it. In addition, each employee has a personal duty to take care of themselves and anyone else who may be affected by their actions or failings.
This code covers a number of situations but does not cover all eventualities. Where it is necessary to refer to a specific School policy, this will be noted. As stated in the introduction, a ‘Professional Code of Conduct’ is also provided as part of an employee’s written statement of particulars which should be adhered to and used in conjunction with this document. The document produced by the Government Offices for the English Regions- “Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults Who Work With Children and Young People” is universally regarded as a best practice guide to work alongside local policies.
All employees should dress in a manner that is appropriate for their role, individuals they work with and work they undertake. Clothing and appearance should not -
The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998) establishes a framework of rights and duties which makes personal information safe. Personal information is information about a living individual, who can be identified from the information. This School is committed to protecting the privacy of individuals and handles all personal information in a manner that complies with the DPA 1998. It is the personal responsibility of all employees (temporary or permanent), Governors, contractors, agents and anyone else processing information on our behalf to comply with this policy. Any deliberate breach of this policy could amount to criminal offence under one or more pieces of legislation, for example the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and the DPA 1998. All breaches will be investigated and appropriate action taken.
Employees should not receive or accept gifts, loan, fees, hospitality or other reward which influences the way in which duties are carries out. Employees have a responsibility to report any such reward or suspicions of any such awards to the Headteacher.
The use of the Internet and Social Media in the work place can be very useful but also can be open to misuse. Employees must take every step to protect themselves when using such ‘media’ and must refer to the Social Media policy. Employees must also be careful when using social media personally to ensure that no activity relates negatively on the School reputation. Should such information be brought to the Schools attention, the disciplinary process may be followed.
If you have any concerns that there may be a breach of a code of conduct, it is important that you speak up. Speaking up early helps to protect you, makes investigations easier and could protect the School reputation. Please refer to the Speak Up Policy.
All schools have a stand alone Child Protection and Safeguarding in Schools Policy with appropriate appendices. It is important to note that these policies supplement and work within the overarching Telford & Wrekin Local Safeguarding Children Board procedures, for avoidance of doubt, these can be viewed at www.telfordsafeguardingboard.org.uk. These policies are pivotal to all areas safeguarding and any actions that may be considered, taken and expected of those that work and interact with children. It also acknowledged that “Working Together” 2015 and “Keeping Children Safe in Education” 2015 are viewed on the same principle.
On a general level the highest standards of safeguarding conduct are expected from the whole school community. It is important to note that in particular well known and peripheral areas of safeguarding concern should be paramount to a child’s welfare namely;
Namely, that we expect staff to encourage pupils to respect the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Staff should ensure that partisan political views are not promoted in the teaching of any subject in the school and where political issues are brought to the attention of pupils, reasonably practicable steps have been taken to offer a balanced presentation of opposing views to pupils.
School Child Protection and Safeguarding Policies will take account of all these issues and therefore staff conduct in addressing any safeguarding concerns is paramount and doing nothing not being an option.
Employees must be mindful to avoid personal circumstances which could lead to conflict of interest.
The School will endeavour to abide by Health and Safety legislation to ensure the safety and well being of employees at work. Employee are expected to follow appropriate Health and Safety guidance to keep themselves safe at work. Employees also have their own duty of care to take care of themselves and anyone else affected by their actions or failings. Please see Health and Safety policy and Manual.