Our Code of Conduct

Our mission is to gather and motivate inspirational people committed to delivering an excellent education that launches children into remarkable lives.

In the pursuit of this mission, people working with children are role models, consciously and unconsciously. We therefore expect a high standard of ethical and professional conduct that treats everyone with respect and promotes an environment where the welfare and safety of children are always paramount.

Overarching expectations

We expect everyone working at AET and its academies to:

  • adopt high standards of personal integrity and conduct both in and outside work. As role models they must behave, through words and actions, and at all times, in a manner which demonstrates their suitability to work with children (directly or indirectly) and which upholds the standards and reputation of AET and its academies.
  • remain vigilant to instances of misconduct and report them appropriately, where necessary in accordance with AET's Safeguarding Policy or Whistleblowing Policy
  • comply with the law. Even where the law may be non-prescriptive or permissive, the following principles will always apply: honesty, fairness, impartiality, discretion, respect and consideration for others and for the environment, accountability and diligence. These principles apply to all dealings with all those who interact with, or may be affected by, the activities of the Trust and its academies, including pupils, parents, guardians and carers, work-colleagues, customers, suppliers, inspectors, social services and local communities.
  • maintain awareness of the policies and guidelines that govern the working environment at AET and its academies and to seek guidance when necessary. Statutory trust-wide and local academy policies are publicly accessible via the Statutory Information page on each academy website. All AET trust-wide policies are available to staff on the #OneAET Policy Portal.
  • confirm that they have read and understood this Code of Conduct and certain key documents - see Policy links section below, then submit an annual confirmation statement.

Policy links

Once you have read and understood the documents linked below, and had the opportunity to ask questions about them, please make your affirmation statement via the blue button at the bottom of this page.

Child Protection and Safeguarding

You are required to understand and acknowledge your role in the welfare and protection of children. This includes familiarity with your applicable Safeguarding Policy and the statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education, Part One, including Annexe A.

Localised academy policies (based on the Trust template) are available on the Statutory Information page of each academy website. Please ensure that you have read the policy applicable to your academy. For AET School Support Service staff the applicable policy is accessible via the trust-wide Safeguarding and Child Protection Statement on the AET website.

Acceptable Use of Technology

It is essential that you understand your obligations under AET ICT Acceptable Use Policy.

Ethical and Professional Standards

The AET Ethical and Professional Standards policy highlights a number of important areas relating to conduct, including professional boundaries, behaviour and appearance, protection of Trust assets, and the avoidance or declaration of any potential conflicts of interest.

Annual affirmation

All staff (including part-time and volunteers), trustees and governors are required to confirm, at induction and annually thereafter, that they have read and understood this Code of Conduct, and the policies and guidance referred to in the Policy links section above. Please follow the link in the blue button below to affirm your understanding of your obligations.