A number of policies and procedures can have an effect on the roles and responsibilities of a teacher both inside and outside the classroom. The different policies and legislation and the way they affect classroom policy and teachers are discussed below.
Code of conduct and practice
This was agreed by the General Teaching Council of England. It discusses unacceptable professional conduct, which is defined as “conduct which falls short of the standards expected of a registered teacher.... and is behaviour which involves a breach of standard of propriety expected of the profession.”
This can encompass discrimination towards students in relation to gender, marital status, religion, belief, colour, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, disability or age. Other examples cover failure to take reasonable care of pupils under their supervision and failure to observe confidentiality, consistent with the Data Protection Act(2003)
Implication of policy and procedure outside the classroom and on classroom practice
This professional code of conduct impacts greatly on teache’rs behaviour outside the classroom. It puts a duty on teachers to act as role models for their students. More extreme examples include not being seen to get drunk at the weekend, also in this day of social media, teachers should also consider what would happen if pupils and head teachers gain access to their Facebook page.
Teachers need to be careful about posting up compromising photos of themselves or even making seemingly innocuous comments about their students on websites like Facebook and befriending students, being careful that they cannot see anything that might affect student’s image and respect towards their teacher.
Teachers need to remain professional at all times conducting themselves in a friendly manner, keeping the code of conduct in mind at all times. Ranging from inappropriate behavior towards students and not using bad language.
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