Our Standards
  Our Standards

Professional Values and Relationships

Educators should:
1.      be caring, fair and committed to the best interests of the pupils/students entrusted to their care, and seek to motivate, inspire and celebrate effort and success;
2.      acknowledge and respect the uniqueness, individuality and specific needs of pupils/students and promote their holistic development;
3.      be committed to equality and inclusion and to respecting and accommodating diversity including those differences arising from gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, sect, age, disability, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and any further grounds as may be referenced in legislation;
4.      seek to develop positive relationships with pupils/students, colleagues, parents, school management and others in the school community, that are characterized by professional integrity and judgment;
5.      work to establish and maintain a culture of mutual trust and respect.

Professional Integrity

Educators should:
6.      act with honesty and integrity in all aspects of their work;
7.      respect the privacy of others and the confidentiality of information gained in the course of professional practice, unless a legal imperative requires disclosure or there is a legitimate concern for the wellbeing of an individual;
8.      represent themselves, their professional status, qualifications and experience honestly;
9.      avoid conflict between their professional work and private interests which could reasonably be deemed to impact negatively on pupils/students.

Professional Conduct

Educators should:
10.  uphold the reputation and standing of the profession;
11.  take all reasonable steps in relation to the care of pupils/students under their supervision, so as to ensure their safety and welfare;
12.  work within the framework of relevant legislation and regulations;
13.  comply with agreed national and school policies, procedures and guidelines which aim to promote pupil/student education and welfare and child protection;
14.  report, where appropriate, incidents or matters which impact on pupil/student welfare;
15.  communicate effectively with pupils/students, colleagues, parents, school management and others in the school community in a manner that is professional, collaborative and supportive, and based on trust and respect;
16.  ensure that any communication with pupils/students, colleagues, parents, school management and others is appropriate, including communication via electronic media, such as e-mail or text messages;
17.  ensure that they do not knowingly access, download or otherwise have in their possession while engaged in school activities, inappropriate materials/images in electronic or other format;
18.  ensure that they do not knowingly access, download or otherwise have in their possession, illicit materials/images in electronic or other format;
19.  ensure that they do not practice while under the influence of any substance which impairs their fitness to teach.

Professional Practice

Educators should:
20.  maintain high standards of practice in relation to pupil/student learning, planning, monitoring, assessing, reporting and providing feedback;
21.  apply their knowledge and experience in facilitating pupils’/students’ holistic development;
22.  plan and communicate clear, challenging and achievable expectations for pupils/students;
23.  create an environment where pupils/students can become active agents in the learning process and develop lifelong learning skills;
24.  develop teaching, learning and assessment strategies that support differentiated learning in a way that respects the dignity of all pupils/ students;
25.  inform their professional judgment and practice by engaging with, and reflecting on, pupil/student development, learning theory, pedagogy, curriculum development, ethical practice, educational policy and legislation;
26.  in a context of mutual respect, be open and responsive to constructive feedback regarding their practice and, if necessary, seek appropriate support, advice and guidance;
27.  act in the best interest of pupils/students.

Professional Development

Educators should:
28.  take personal responsibility for sustaining and improving the quality of their professional practice by:
  • actively maintaining their professional knowledge and understanding to ensure it is current
  • reflecting on and critically evaluating their professional practice, in light of their professional knowledge base
  • availing of opportunities for career-long professional development

Professional Collegiality and Collaboration

Educators should:
29.  work with teaching colleagues and junior teachers in the interests of sharing, developing and supporting good practice and maintaining the highest quality of educational experiences for pupils/students;
30.  work in a collaborative manner with pupils/students, parents/guardians, school management, other members of staff, relevant professionals and the wider school community, as appropriate, in seeking to effectively meet the needs of pupils/students;
31. engage with the planning, implementation and evaluation of curriculum at classroom and school level.
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