All members of the College are bound by the College Code of Professional Conduct.
The Code of Professional Conduct
The Code of Professional Conduct is based on the Teacher Standards relevant to each individual members competent authority (the jurisdiction). It is not designed to replace these standards as they are the foundation of professional standards and the benchmark of competence by which all teachers are expected to adhere to. Within the UK, each authority publishes the Teacher Standards which can be found here:
In addition, in joining the College, all members commit to acting in accordance with behaviours that underpin our three core values:
⚬ Recognition of the importance of the collective
⚬ Building, valuing and connecting a professional community
⚬ Building a sense of professional identity
⚬ Taking time to rest and recuperate
⚬ Sharing and celebrating each others’ successes.
⚬ Commitment to working in a collegiate, evidence-informed manner
⚬ Commitment to doing our best to help every individual child to learn and to thrive
⚬ Courage to do what is right on behalf of others
⚬ Commitment to representing teaching positively.
⚬ Colleagues engender trust amongst colleagues, pupils and communities
⚬ Teachers understand and clearly articulate what it means to be valued as a professional
⚬ Teachers understand the importance of professional development, including Chartered status, and engage with professional development to inform and improve practice
⚬ Teachers understand the importance of a professional body.
Those members who have achieved Chartered status are expected to adhere to the Chartered Teacher Professional Principles.
Where appropriate, members should also be aware of and act in accordance with the Framework for Ethical Leadership in Education, established by the Ethical Leadership Commission through the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).
Use of Social media – guidance
Whilst rare, when the Chartered College of Teaching does receive complaints against members they are often in relation to comments made on social media. Guidance on the use of social media from both a professional and personal perspective has been developed by each independent regulator and the College encourages all members to apply the guidance to safeguard themselves and to ensure that membership standards are maintained. The College will not investigate any complaint against members based on the use of social media. However, it can apply its disciplinary procedures if any inappropriate use of social media has led to a third-party investigation and disciplinary action being taken.