Code of Conduct
Australian International School is a school of excellence. It provides opportunities for students to acquire knowledge and understanding, pursue special interests, and develop social skills which all contribute to the acquisition of lifelong learning skills.
All staff of Australian International School play a key role in the delivery of quality education to students, and will contribute to the vision of AIS through excellence in teaching and learning, a rigorous and challenging curriculum which has a multicultural, international perspective, fair and equitable work practices, and productive partnerships with the school community.
Underpinning the work of our staff is our professionalism and adherence to high standards of ethical conduct. In our delivery of educational services, there must be a clear articulation of what is expected of us in the way we conduct ourselves and perform our work.
The purpose of this code is to inform and guide staff in making ethical decisions.
As paid employees of the Al Sharif Group, Sharjah, UAE, (now referred to as the Company) we have an obligation to respect the policies, directives and strategic vision of the Company.
Each of us has an obligation to provide a service to the clients of the Company to the best of our ability, and strive to implement high quality education services.
- Employees should promptly, conscientiously and efficiently comply with all lawful and reasonable directions and decisions from the Company or their delegated authority. E.g. the Principal.
- Employees should seek to discuss any concerns they may have with a directive directly with the Principal.
- Employees must give written notice to the Company if they are charged with criminal offence. Failure to do so may result in a termination of contract.
We all come into contact with a range of people such as students, work colleagues, parents/guardians and members of the general public while performing our work duties. These people have a diverse range of views, aspirations, expectations and behaviour. It is vitally important that we extend and demonstrate respect for others in all our communications and interactions. In turn, we can expect to be treated with respect and dignity by others.
Our daily interactions with others reflect on the school and on us as individuals. It is therefore important to our individual and collective reputation that we conduct our relationships in a professional and respectful way. Employees whose work involves communicating with students, have a special responsibility in providing an appropriate role model for those students. Modeling
effective leadership in our interactions with students can have a profoundly positive influence on a student's personal and social development.
Demonstrating respect for persons can be achieved by adopting a consultative approach to decision-making, informing people of their rights, entitlements and responsibilities, and fulfilling a duty of care to others.
Each of us has an obligation to:
- Treat all people with dignity and respect at all times.
- Respect and be sensitive to an individual's cultural and ethnic background
- Be responsive, engaging and helpful to the reasonable requests of students, parents/guardians, work colleagues and members of the general public.
- Actively discourage any form of harassment or unlawful discrimination.
- Ensure decisions that adversely affect the rights or interests of others are procedurally fair, reasonable, honest and impartial.
- Ensure our personal appearance and presentation is clean, tidy and appropriate for the work role performed.
- Respecting the dignity, rights and views of others Employees must respect the dignity, rights and views of others by:
- Listening to and seeking to understand different points of view (This does not necessarily mean agreeing with the point of view)
- Respecting cultural, ethnic and religious differences.
- Valuing and acknowledging the genuine contributions that others make in meeting the Company's mission and objectives.
- Expressing constructive feedback that is considerate and moderate in its tone.
- Being courteous, sensitive, and honest in communications, and being considerate to the needs of others.
- Actively managing workplace conflict to create positive and constructive outcomes.
- Informing people of their rights and entitlements where appropriate.
- Working co-operatively and collaboratively with others to achieve common goals and a harmonious work environment.
- Supporting the personal and professional development of others.
- Protecting Students from Harm
- All students have a fundamental right to a safe and trusted physical and emotional environment that is free from harm.
- Employees must actively seek to prevent harm to students and to support students who have been harmed.
- Employees must not impose corporal punishment on a student in the course of their professional duties.
- Employees must not engage in sexual misconduct with a student.
- Interactions with parents / caregivers
- Employees should be responsive to all reasonable requests of parents/guardians in relation to their child's education, and should encourage professional partnerships that create optimal learning environments and opportunities for students.
- School based employees should engage in open and professional communication with parents/caregivers and report on a student's achievements and learning options in a way that promotes successful educational outcomes.
- Employees should avoid or take steps to resolve any conflict of interest that arises between their private relationship with a student's parent / caregiver and the impartial performance of their work duties.
- Leadership and supervisory behaviour
- All employees are encouraged to demonstrate leadership in the performance of their work duties.
- Personal appearance
Dress, personal appearance and hygiene are important elements of professional presentation. Employees must ensure their personal appearance and presentation is clean, tidy and appropriate for their work role. Employees should be sensitive to the cultural expectations of Sharjah and the UAE.
Upholding the ethical principle of integrity is paramount to the school's operations. An employee's integrity is highly valued by the Company because it reflects positively on them as a person and the School as a whole. Observing the ethical principle of integrity supports the reciprocal relationship of trust that must exit between an employer and an employee.
AIS staff hold special positions of trust because of the relationships they form with vulnerable students in their care. The professional relationships formed with students play a significant part in the educational and social development of these young people.
Each of us has an obligation to:
- Identify, declare, and avoid any apparent or actual conflict of interest.
- Manage information and records of students in an appropriate way.
- Conflict of interests
Employees must immediately identify any apparent or actual conflict between their private interests and work duties, and seek the Company's directive as to how best to resolve this conflict.
- Receiving and giving gifts and benefits
- Employees must not ask for or encourage the giving of any form of gift or benefit in connection with the performance of their work duties. Employees may not accept a monetary gift in connection with their work duties under any circumstances.
- Employees must not ask for, obtain or receive any property or benefit on account of anything done, or omitted to be done by the employee, that alters or appears to alter the honest and impartial performance of that employee's work duties.
- Using and disclosing official information
An employee must only use the School's official information, proprietary knowledge and intellectual property for school work, except where express consent of the Principal has been given for another purpose. This requirement continues to apply to persons after they have left the department's employment.
Reports on and/or assessments of student or staff performance must be prepared and completed fairly, accurately and without any bias or unlawful discrimination.
We are expected to;
- Exercise proper application, care, and attention when carrying out our work duties;
- Act responsibly and be accountable for our official decisions and actions;
- Exercise a duty of care to those we have contact with in the course of our work duties, or who may reasonably be affected by the work we do.
All of us have an obligation to:
- Ensure that our work duties are performed with care, responsibility, accountability, attention to detail and diligence;
- Support or deliver high standards of teaching and student care while adhering to the strong ideal of excellence in private education and administration;
- Refrain from using alcohol, legal drugs or other substances in a way that could have an adverse effect on our work performance, our behaviour, or reputation;
- Performing your duties
- An employee must perform their work duties competently and responsively with a focus on delivering or supporting the delivery of high-quality educational services to students, and delivering high-quality services to other internal and external clients.
- An employee has a responsibility to maintain the accuracy, integrity and appropriate confidentiality of all school information.
- An employee who is engaged by the Company to work in a particular professional capacity shall observe any professional code of ethics applying to their work.
- All employees are accountable for their official decisions and conduct.
- An employee must only take leave of absence from their work duties when authorised by their supervisor.
- Employees who supervise students must take reasonable steps to protect them from foreseeable injury and harm.
- An employee should act in a way that enhances their personal and professional reputation and the reputation of the school.
- Conduct in a private capacity
- Employees must avoid conduct in a private capacity that adversely affects their capacity to effectively perform their work duties.
We must constantly strive to:
- Develop more effective and innovative ways of delivering educational services;
- Find and create ways of using the school's existing resource allocation to add value;
- Flexibly adapt to changing priorities.
Each of us has an obligation to:
- Ensure that all school resources are used for official purposes and not wasted or used extravagantly
- Ensure that all electronic communication systems are used appropriately.
- Using equipment and consumable resources
An employee must ensure that, all departmental equipment, resources, and consumable items are used only for the work of the school.
- Using the internet, school intranet, and electronic mail
An employee must comply with the school's policy on use of the school network and all associated telecommunication equipment.