Staff Code of Conduct
Having been listening to and reading about all the allegations of inappropriate behaviour and misuse of power in Westminster, the Arts industry and elsewhere it has prompted me to think again about the importance of the Staff code of Conduct and the role of senior leadership teams in ensuring all staff have read and understood expectations of conduct and ensuring this is revisited repeatedly.
East Sussex Standards and Learning Effectiveness Service released an updated Code of Conduct in July 2017 that is robust and clear – have you adopted this for your educational establishment?
It really is essential that staff stop and think:
- How might anyone observing me interpret my behaviour to this pupil, this other member of staff, this parent?
- How is this person (child or adult) experiencing my behaviour, my comments?
- Does my behaviour on social media, outside of work or in my personal life impact on my professional standing?
Equally important, is your whistleblowing policy clear and readily accessible, are the processes fully understood and do staff have access to telephone numbers and reporting options. Would they be heard?