Each trainee on a Tes Institute teacher training programme signs a Trainee Agreement when registering for the programme which contains a Code of Conduct, detailing the trainee’s responsibilities as a trainee. The wording of the Code of Conduct is set out below.
Trainees are expected to comply with the terms and conditions of their Trainee Agreement with Tes Institute, including the Tes Institute Code of Conduct, throughout the period of their Tes Institute ITT programme, including their school placement experience. The trainee is also expected to comply with their placement school’s code of conduct and any additional requirements.
All trainees are expected to behave responsibly at all times and not to engage in any activity which might bring the good name of Tes Institute, fellow trainees or staff into disrepute.
Any act or omission, which affects adversely the rights of any other member of the Tes Institute or associated partners, or which disrupts the orderly and responsible conduct of any Tes Institute activity, or which breaches any Tes Institute policy or procedure, shall constitute a breach of discipline, triggering the implementation of Tes Institute’s Disciplinary Policy.
Tes Institute may suspend a trainee from the Programme at any time and with no prior warning if the trainee has, in the sole opinion of Tes Institute, behaved in such a way as to either: put at risk themselves, a pupil, a fellow trainee, a member of school staff, a member of Tes Institute or anyone else they come into contact with through the Programme or: bring the Programme or Tes Institute into disrepute. This might include, but is not limited to:
- a criminal conviction or charge;
- a breach of professional safeguarding protocols;
- financial irregularity;
- breach of confidentiality;
- lying or cheating through the application, recruitment, selection and registration process;
- cheating or plagiarism during the Programme;
- failure to notify Tes Institute of a material or significant factor which would impact on the trainee, Tes Institute or any school partner.
Such suspension will be notified to the trainee in writing and will automatically trigger Tes Institute’s disciplinary procedure. At the conclusion of the disciplinary procedure, the suspension may be lifted or may be made permanent, at which point the trainee will not be allowed to return to the Programme.
Trainees should uphold the reputation and standing of the teaching profession. They should act with honesty and integrity in all aspects of their work. They should provide complete and accurate information and authentic documents with respect to their professional status, qualifications and experience and should avoid direct conflict between their private interests and their professional work. Trainees should complete the application form for any Tes Institute programme, together with any associated documentation, fully and honestly. If at any time Tes Institute becomes aware of any misrepresentation or omission made by the trainee during the application, recruitment and selection process, or during their Programme, which would have, if known at the relevant time, impacted on Tes Institute’s decision to offer a place to the trainee on the Programme, Tes Institute’s Disciplinary Policy will be invoked. Depending on the seriousness of the misrepresentation or omission, the trainee may be suspended immediately.
Recognising the unique and privileged relationships that exist between trainees and the students entrusted to their care, trainees should conduct these relationships in a way that is professional, respectful and appropriate. Trainees must respect confidential information relating to colleagues, students and families gained in the course of any school experience they may undertake, unless the well-being of an individual or a legal imperative requires disclosure.
Trainees should note that their conduct is expected to be thoroughly professional at all times, in the online environment, at onsite workshops, and in school, including breaks and lunch times, and also before and after school, especially but not excluding when they are close to the school site.
Trainees are expected to take responsibility for their professional behaviour and learning. It is the trainee’s responsibility to familiarise themselves with, and adhere to, the policies and procedures of Tes Institute and the programme upon which they are enrolled. In addition, each school will have its own rules, regulations and requirements, which are normally expressed in a staff handbook. Trainees are expected to read these and abide by them.
The responsibilities of the trainee will be to:
- comply with the Code of Conduct at all times;
- familiarise themselves with the requirements and expectations of the programme;
- complete and submit all required assessments on time;
- complete all required documentary evidence and keep all records up to date in the VLE;
- consult regularly with key personnel involved in their Programme, including, where applicable, the pathway tutor and in-school mentors;
- prepare appropriately for lessons and meetings with tutors and mentors;
- play a key role in the evaluation and reflection of their own professional practice and be proactive in finding out about anything which they are unsure of;
- be proactive rather than reactive and develop a positive and enthusiastic approach;
- demonstrate high standards of professional behaviour and demeanour at all times;
- manage their other time commitments, and to make such other alternate arrangements as necessary, to ensure they have sufficient time in which to make the necessary progress towards achieving programme learning outcomes within the expected and required timescales;
- engage fully with all aspects of the programme, attending all online and onsite days and School Experience, where applicable.