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TS Part Two

Part Two: Personal and Professional Conduct

A teacher is expected to demonstrate consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct. The following statements define the behaviour and attitudes which set the required standard for conduct throughout a teacher’s career.

a) Teachers uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school, by:

  • treating pupils with dignity, building relationships rooted in mutual respect, and at all times observing proper boundaries appropriate to a teacher’s professional position

  • showing tolerance of and respect for the rights of others

  • not undermining fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty & mutual respect, tolerance of those with different faiths & beliefs

  • ensuring that personal beliefs are not expressed in ways which exploit pupils’ vulnerability or might lead them to break the law

  • having regard for the need to safeguard pupils’ well-being, in accordance with statutory provisions

Evidence to showcase this could include:

  • Observation - clear link between vision, ethos, policy & practice with class and across school

  • Consistency – above evidenced through all professional activity in school and community

b) Teachers must have proper and professional regard to the ethos, policies and practices of the school in which they teach, and maintain high standards in their own attendance and punctuality

Evidence for this will largely come from your interim reports:

  • teacher conduct demonstrates a highly professional approach to teaching,

  • understanding and demonstrating that their own conduct is appropriate at all times

  • teacher is on time for all beginnings and ends of days, meetings, lessons

  • school/ colleagues always informed of and reasons for any non-attendance in the school day or other professional meetings and responsibilities in line with policy

  • language and dress are highly professional and in line with school policy

  • apply school policies at all times, e.g. health and safety, risk assessments before trips; homework etc.

Remember that the evidence in isolation isn’t enough, you will need to annotate it to signpost exactly where/how you are meeting the standard.

You can use photographic evidence to support your evidence for this standard. Be sure to anonymise any student work or data by blacking out names or identifying details. If you’re using photographic evidence be sure to blank out student faces and any school logos.

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