The Teaching Council published the second edition of the Code of Professional Conduct for Teachers on 20 June 2012. The Code sets out the standards of professional knowledge, skill, competence and conduct which are expected of registered teachers. The standards are underpinned by four core values – respect, care, integrity and trust, and reflect the complexity of teaching. A copy of the second edition of the Code was posted to every registered teacher. Teachers should ensure that they are familiar with the Code.
The core elements of the updated Code remain unchanged from the 2nd edition published in 2012. The Code also has an important legal standing and will be used by the Council as a reference point in Fitness to Teach investigations. The Council has updated the 2nd edition of the Code to reflect some recent amendments to the Fitness to Teach provisions of the Teaching Council Acts 2001-2015, and a new section, entitled ‘Complaints relating to registered teachers’, has been added.