Boards are required as part of their "good employer" obligations in the State Sector Act 77A (3) to:
"ensure that all employees maintain proper standards of integrity, conduct, and concern for:
a) The public interest; and
b) The well-being of students attending the institution."
A code of conduct should contain the basic rules of conduct, which clearly indicate what kind of behaviour is expected of all employees, and what the employee can expect of their employer.
It’s also important to note that the code does not stand alone. There will be statutory and employment agreement obligations which need to be allowed for. The board may also have specific policies and procedures (e.g.: for financial matters). The Education Council has released the draft Code and Standards for all certificated teachers for consultation. Our Code, Our Standard, which will replace its current Code of Ethics for Certificated Teachers which was written in 2003. The Code may sit alongside a board code of conduct.
Each board is responsible for developing and writing its own code of conduct. The NZSTA code of conduct framework can be used as a starting point and it is recommended boards consult with their staff about a proposed Code of Conduct.