Expectations and Code of Conduct
Now you are clear for work, you need to know how things work here at Strategy and what to expect from supply teaching.
Where possible we will let you know about work the night before. Failing that, the calls will come in from 7am so please make sure you have your phone on and are ready to leave the house by 7.30am in appropriate clothing – on the first day at a new school we would always say dress formally and then you can adapt from there.
Aim to arrive at school by 8.15/8.30am where possible and always take your DBS and ID.
Please make sure you get a timesheet signed and sent to us after each day(s)/week worked – you can download a timesheet from the ‘Resources’ page of our website.
After your day, always try and touch base with the cover manager/HR. Let them know you have had a good day and that you would be happy to return. Continuity is really important and so if you do a good job and come across well the bookings will generate themselves.
The following Code of Conduct outlines the expectations of all staff placed by Strategy Education. In addition, when you are placed in an establishment you should find out as soon as possible whether there is a specific code of conduct for that establishment that you should follow:
• Treat all children and young people with respect.
• Provide an example of good conduct that you wish others to follow.
• Ensure that, whenever possible, there is more than one adult present during activities with children and young people, or at least that you are within sight or hearing of others.
• Alert a colleague if it is strictly necessary to speak to a child on their own. This should not be in a secluded area of the school, and you should ensure visual access and/or an open door.
• A ‘no touch’ approach is impractical for most staff and may be appropriate in some circumstances. When physical contact is made, this should be in response to their needs at the time, of limited duration and appropriate given their age, gender, stage of development, ethnicity and background.
• Be aware that physical contact with a child or young person may be misinterpreted.
• Adults should never touch a child in any way that could be considered indecent, nor indulge in horseplay, tickling or fun fights.
• If you have to intervene in a fight to prevent harm, you should use the minimum force possible. Avoid contact with bare skin, or any areas that could be considered erogenous.
• If physical contact is necessary (e.g. to demonstrate a piece of equipment or racket stroke) the pupil should be informed in advance, and if they say ‘no’ or indicate discomfort this must be respected.
• Recognise that special caution is required in moments when you are discussing sensitive issues with children or young people. You may wish to take guidance from a senior member of staff in these situations.
• Any sexual behaviour by a member of staff with or towards a child is inappropriate and illegal. It is a criminal offence for any person in a position of trust to engage in sexual activity with a child under 18.
• Under no circumstances should adults in schools access inappropriate or indecent images.
• If you think a pupil may be infatuated with you, speak to a senior colleague as soon as possible so that appropriate action can be taken.
• Respect a child’s right to personal privacy. If a child requires assistance with intimate care (e.g. help with toileting) staff should ensure another appropriate adult is in the vicinity and is aware of the task to be undertaken.
• Confidential information about a child should never be disclosed without good reason, or used to intimidate or embarrass the pupil.
• Staff should ensure they are dressed decently, safely and appropriately for the tasks they undertake.
• You should not accept gifts from children or parents. Occasionally children or parents may give tokens of appreciation (for example at Christmas). These may be accepted if they are not of significant value.
• You should not seek to establish or establish social contact with any pupil. This includes not giving out personal details such as your address, phone number or email.
• Wherever possible, transport should not be undertaken in private vehicles. There should be at least one adult additional to the driver to act as an escort.
• You should challenge unacceptable behaviour by another member of staff and bring this to the immediate attention of the designated senior person, or another senior manager.
• Schools are often sociologically complex and multi-cultural. Sensitivity is a key to success in teaching.
• Strategy Education is an Equal Opportunities Employment Agency and Employment Business. In addition to our legal duties and obligations under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and the Race Relations Act 1976, the company takes a positive approach to equal opportunities employment practices.
• Strategy Education will not enter into business with a school which does not adopt equal opportunities employment practices and has a legal duty to refuse to do business with any school whose requests for staff are discriminatory.
• Strategy Education is an Equal Opportunities Employer and we welcome applicants regardless of sex, race, class, gender, religion, culture or disability.
• Applicants working through Strategy Education will be entitled to the same level of service regardless of whether they are a Limited Company Contractor or a PAYE worker.
If you have any queries at all, please do not hesitate to contact your consultant at Strategy Education and they will be happy to help.