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Teacher Codes of Conduct

Various countries have endeavored to design and implement teacher codes of conduct to regulate teacher behaviour. A code consists of a set of recognied ethical and professional standards to which all members of the profession must adhere. Their main objective is to provide self-disciplinary guidelines through the formulation of professional conduct norms. Experience, however, shows that although the codes are often perceived as useful instruments, they are not always effectively used.

Within this framework, IIEP conducted several activities to explore some of the conditions required for codes to be effective, including an international survey (McKelvie-Sebileau, 2011), the development of guidelines (Poisson, 2009), and the creation of a new website that provides examples of country codes.

These materials formed the basis of discussions during the e-forum held from 21 November to 2 December 2011 on the following topics:

The e-forum was organized by IIEP and was animated by an e-moderator. It took place in English. Some 900 education professionals worldwide participated. They were professionals from educational institutions such as universities, education institutes, colleges and schools, Ministries of Education and Government employees on the national and regional level, international organizations, governmental organizations, NGOs in the fields of education and child welfare, as well as independent education specialists.

  • ♦ Key issues to be covered by a code;
  • ♦ Strategies to ensure its proper enforcement; and
  • ♦ Ways to monitor its application.

The e-forum was organized by IIEP and was animated by an e-moderator. It took place in English. Some 900 education professionals worldwide participated. They were professionals from educational institutions such as universities, education institutes, colleges and schools, Ministries of Education and Government employees on the national and regional level, international organizations, governmental organizations, NGOs in the fields of education and child welfare, as well as independent education specialists.

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