What did you do?

We created a code of conduct for members of our school's parent coucil, Parents And Teachers Together (PATT). We wanted the code to ensure that members exercise their roles effectively and have the highest standards of integrity. The code of conduct is an assurance, for outside bodies, that members will be acting in an appropriate manner.

Read our full code of conduct below.

Parents and Teachers Together (PATT)

Code of Conduct for Members – September 2014

Introduction
This code of conduct is to ensure that the PATT members understand their expectations, obligations and duties, placed on their conduct. The code will ensure that members exercise their roles effectively and have the highest standards of integrity. The code of conduct is an assurance, for outside bodies, that members will be acting in an appropriate manner.

The key principles of the code will be the school values:

HONESTY- working with the utmost integrity in all situations, especially in dealing with financial matters. Members should declare any conflict of interest and avoid situations which could cause suspicion or improper conduct.

TEAMWORK-supportive towards each other and contributing constructively at meetings. Members should be involved and help out wherever possible.

FAIRNESS-representing the PATT groups and the school positively. Members should treat everyone as an equal.

RESPECT- listening to others and respecting their views. Decisions will be made in the best interests of the school.

KEEP TRYING-Putting in effort each year to gain greater rewards for the school in terms of fundraising and education.

PATT members’ obligations

1. Always act in a way which maintains and protects the ethos of Lhanbryde Primary School.
2. Behave appropriately at school events towards other PATT members or members of the public.
3. Respect and adhere to the decisions taken by the parent council

PATT members’ restrictions

1. Not to abuse their position for personal advantage or gain
2. Personal issues relating to members’ children, at school, will not be discussed at meetings
3. Confidential issues will not be discussed out with the PATT meetings
4. Not to accept bribes for the influencing of any decisions.
5. Use of social media to post content that is negative, defamatory or abusive towards the school and its members.
6. Not to discuss issues with the press without prior agreement.

This code will help the PATT group fulfil the aims and objectives of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006.

The PATT group will ensure that new members will receive a copy of the Code of Conduct and Constitution. New members will also be supported with any training and help needed to fulfil their roles.

If a member of Parents and Teachers Together acts in a way that is considered to undermine the objectives of Parents and Teachers Together, their membership of Parents and Teachers Together shall be terminated if the majority of parent members agree. Termination of membership would be confirmed in writing to the member by the Chair.

In writing this Code of Conduct, reference was made to the Moray Council’s Code of Conduct for employees.

Who was involved?

Parents, school staff and Connect (then SPTC).

What was the biggest success?

Having a code of conduct that will ensure that members exercise their roles effectively and have the highest standards of integrity. We will make sure to give new members a copy of the Code of Conduct and Constitution. New members will also be supported with any training and help needed to fulfil their roles.

Would you do anything differently?

No.

Are you going to continue with this work, or has it inspired you to do something else?

Yes!

How much did this work cost?

Free.

Source of funding (if any)?

N/A

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