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Professional Values

Professional Values are at the core of the Professional Standards. Values are complex and are the ideals by which we shape our practice as professionals. Starting with us as individuals, values extend to all those for whom we are responsible and to the world in which we live.

The values and dispositions that we hold as individuals and educators are of central importance in creating an optimal life and world for ourselves and others.

These Professional Values and Personal Commitments are common to all the GTCS Standards.

Social justice

  • Embracing locally and globally the educational and social values of sustainability, equality and justice and recognising the rights and responsibilities of future as well as current generations
  • Committing to the principles of democracy and social justice through fair, transparent, inclusive and sustainable policies and practices in relation to: age, disability, gender and gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion and belief and sexual orientation
  • Valuing as well as respecting social, cultural and ecological diversity and promoting the principles and practices of local and global citizenship for all learners
  • Demonstrating a commitment to engaging learners in real world issues to enhance learning experiences and outcomes, and to encourage learning our way to a better future
  • Respecting the rights of all learners as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and their entitlement to be included in decisions regarding their learning experiences and have all aspects of their well-being developed and supported.

Integrity

  • Demonstrating openness, honesty, courage and wisdom
  • Critically examining personal and professional attitudes and beliefs and challenging assumptions and professional practice
  • Critically examining the connections between personal and professional attitudes and beliefs, values and practices to effect improvement and, when appropriate, bring about transformative change in practice.

Trust and respect

  • Acting and behaving in ways that develop a culture of trust and respect through, for example, being trusting and respectful of others within the school, and with all those involved in influencing the lives of learners in and beyond the learning community
  • Providing and ensuring a safe and secure environment for all learners within a caring and compassionate ethos and with an understanding of wellbeing
  • Demonstrating a commitment to motivating and inspiring learners, acknowledging their social and economic context, individuality and specific learning needs and taking into consideration barriers to learning

Professional Commitment

  • Engaging with all aspects of professional practice and working collegiately with all members of our educational communities with enthusiasm, adaptability and constructive criticality
  • Committing to lifelong enquiry, learning, professional development and leadership as core aspects of professionalism and collaborative practice.