Policy
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Document History:
First Published 09/2016

Policy Review Date:
June 2017

Status:
Live on website ver-1f

Professional Standards Policy
This document explains how professional standards are promoted and safeguarded. It applies to all staff and volunteers.

Any queries about this policy should be sent to the document editor identified in 1.1 via contactus@edlumino.org

   
1.1              This document should be interpreted in line with the standard policy context and definitions. The editor of this document is the CEO.
 
2     Preface

2.1             
Edlumino employees are professionals, who must meet the (English) professional standards for any professions which they practice within the organisation, as well as any standards particular to the jurisdictions in which the organisation works.

2.2             
Staff will at all times whether in work or out of work, whether in person or digitally (etc), model the highest of standards in all that they do.
 
3     The standards

3.1             
Standard 1: having high expectations and high standards for yourself, colleagues and students; and pushing relentlessly to achieve those expectations

3.2             
Standard 2: having good knowledge and skills pertinent to an individual’s role and the organisation’s objects; and keeping them up to date. This includes information for teaching, safeguarding, relevant law, good practice and statutory frameworks.

3.3             
Standard 3: achieving good outcomes for students, colleagues and the organisation, through the use of analytic data, meticulous planning, careful delivery, effective self review and successful improvement planning.

3.4             
Standard 4: manage the behaviour of students and, where appropriate, staff. This should include the use of positive encouragement and firm boundaries in a consistent, fair way which ensures targets are met and secures the best outcomes for all.

3.5             
Standard 5: ensure that the organisation is successful by contributing positively outside of direct responsibilities to support colleagues and ensure that wider organisational outcomes are achieved.

3.6             
Standard 6: acting professionally at all times, in accordance with the values, ethos and standards of the organisation; following policies and procedures, maintaining boundaries and bringing to the attention of the trustees as quickly as possible any individual or organisational failures in regard to these standards.
 
4     Responsibilities arising from the standards

4.1             
Awareness of individual or organisational failure with respect to standards or values is a culpable complicity in that failure, unless the person aware takes all reasonable steps to ensure that the failure is reported and resolved.
 
5     Conclusion

5.1             
This Policy has been Impact Assessed for Environment and Equality considerations. Policy review follows the Review cycle.

Impact Assessment  : Edlumino Professional Standards Policy
Equality Impact Assessment : Race & Ethnicity, Gender, Age, Religion, Disability, Sexuality, Maternity, Gender Reassignment, Marriage & Civil Partnership, Deprivation

Concerns arising after control measures added : NONE

Further Action : NONE
Environmental Impact Assessment : Waste & Recycling, Pollution of water, land, air, noise, light or odour. Flooding, Energy or materials use.

Concerns arising after control measures added : NONE

Further Action : NONE


See Also :  General assessments and general control measures within the Meta Policy

Assessment carried out by : RF March 2016

Appendix  : Definitions of words used in Policies and Procedures
In general, English words are assumed to have the meaning and reference contained within the Oxford English Dictionary. Specialist terminology relating to Education is taken as having the meaning given to it in the appropriate English parliamentary legislation or English Government documents (especially those from the Department for Education).

Within the organisation we give our own additional definitions as follows:

‘associate volunteers’: are individuals who volunteer and work alongside organisational staff, but are not formally enrolled within the organisation. These individuals may belong to other charities (such as Save the Children, etc), in which case they are ‘corporate associate volunteers,’ or they may be self sponsoring and working on their own behalf, in which case they are ‘sole associate volunteers.”’
‘directors’: are the trustees.

‘Editor’: the member of staff who is deemed to ‘own’ a document and is responsible for ensuring that it is published, reviewed, amended and kept accurate and up to date

‘member’:  the individuals in charity law responsible for appointing the trustees. In Edlumino Education Aid the trustees are the members, and they are a self-regulating body.

‘Organisation’:    The organisation is Edlumino Educational Aid

‘school’: refers to any place where learning is delivered by a member of staff to pupils, as a corporate act of the organisation. This could be a school, an academy or some other formal or informal setting.

‘staff’:  refers principally to employed members of the organisation. However the word ‘staff’ is used in organisational documents as a simple way of referring to all who work on behalf of the organisation, so it includes ‘trustees’, ‘members’, ‘volunteers,’ ‘visitors,’ etc.

‘student’: there is a customary distinction between ‘pupils’ who are learners up to the age of 16 and ‘students’ who are post 16 learners. We use the word ‘student’ to refer to all learners, regardless of age.

‘Studium’: is an Edlumino centre where education, or emergency education is provided. This term is used for centres where words such as ‘school’ or
‘education’ could be misconstrued or mistakenly viewed as having political connotations.

‘Supporter’: this is a person who undertakes to fund raise or carry out other activities which support the organisation. Supporters are not formally part of the organisation and have no formal rights or responsibilities within the organisation.

‘teacher’: a member of staff responsible for ensuring that students learn. This could include those who are formally qualified as teachers, those who are experienced as teachers, or it could include individuals who are delivering aspects of a role which could otherwise be done by teachers.

‘trustees’: those appointed by trustee vote to the body of trustees responsible for the organisation

‘volunteer’:  an individual who donates time to work for the organisation. Individuals only become ‘volunteers’ from the point that they complete their induction and are enrolled as a volunteer. Volunteers have no contractual rights as there is no contract between the organisation and a volunteer.

‘visitor’: an individual who is visiting an organisational site or activity, potentially doing so in order to make a decision about whether to ask to become a volunteer.