Code of conduct

Eternal Salsa has adopted the following code of conduct:-

Code of Professional Conduct for Teachers of Dance
The Council for Dance Education and Training - March 2005

This is a voluntary code prepared by the Council for Dance Education and Training to guide dance teachers about good practice. It is endorsed by dance teaching organisations in its membership.

Fundamental Principles
A teacher should:
• behave with integrity in all professional and business relationships. Integrity implies not merely honesty but fair dealing, courtesy and consideration.
• strive for objectivity in all professional and business judgements.
• not accept a teaching post or undertake work for which he or she is not competent or qualified.
• carry out his or her professional work with due skill, care and proper regard for the technical and professional standards expected of him or her.

A teacher should:
• uphold and enhance the good standard and reputation of the profession.
• work in a collaborative and co-operative manner with other dance professionals and organisations.
• not attempt to influence or intimidate any examiner at any examination or a judge at a competition.
• not discuss the merits or otherwise of competitors when acting as an adjudicator at any competition.

A teacher should:
• work in an open and co-operative manner with students and families.
• ensure that students are not discriminated against on the grounds of sex, race, colour, religion, disability, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

A teacher should:
• acknowledge any limitations in his/her knowledge and competency and take steps to practice in a fully skilled manner.
• assist professional colleagues, in the context of his or her own knowledge, experience and sphere of responsibility, to develop their professional competence.

Due skill and diligence
A teacher should ensure that no action or omission on his or her part, or within his or her sphere of responsibility, is detrimental to the interests or safety of students.

Courtesy and consideration
A teacher should:
• always act in such a manner as to promote and safeguard the interests and well-being of students.
• justify student trust and confidence.

A teacher should ensure that confidential information obtained in the course of his or her professional work should not be used for personal advantage or be disclosed without the consent of the pupil or parent, except where there is a legal right or duty to disclose. A teacher should be aware of data protection legislation.

• A teacher may seek publicity for his or her own services, and advertise his or her services, achievements and school in any way consistent with the dignity of the profession.
• A teacher should, under no circumstances, promote his or her services, or the services of another teacher, in such a way, or to such an extent, that amounts to harassment of the prospective pupil or parent.
• A teacher should not publish, or cause to be published, any notice, newspaper, advertisement or any other matter likely to damage the standing of the profession or to damage or depreciate the reputation of any colleague.
• Promotional material may contain any factual statement, the truth of which a teacher is able to justify, but should not make any disparaging references to, or disparaging comparisons with, the services of others.

Teaching names
• A teacher may teach under whatever name or title he or she sees fit.
• A teaching name should not be misleading.
• A teacher should not use any title, description or designatory letters to which he or she is not entitled.

Statutory Requirements
A teacher should:
• comply with all statutory requirements affecting health and safety at work.
• ensure the provision of adequate public/products liability insurance and employer liability insurance.
• comply with all the statutory requirements affecting the running of the business, including registration of names, income tax, value added tax and any other matter required by law.
• ensure that you are in accordance with the law with regard to copyright, recording, public performance and other matters concerning printed matter and recorded music related to your work.

Health and safety
A teacher should:
1 ensure that classes are of a size appropriate to the levels and techniques being taught. Students in each class should be of compatible age and/or standard

2 ensure that facilities provided are adequately maintained and provide:
• suitable flooring appropriate to the technique taught, with a safe surface; designed and constructed to minimise the risk of injury.
• adequate heating levels.
• suitable, secure and safe area for changing.

3 be prepared to deal with medical emergencies and keep records in an accident book.

4 keep a record on the premises of the name and address of:
• all students taught by you on the premises.
• any person assisting in teaching or looking after students.
• any musicians in employment with you.
• any persons living at the premises.

5 ensure that all fire regulations are displayed and adhered to.

Standards of good practice for the Relationship between Teachers and Student for Principals of dance schools, Studio Principals and individual teachers

1 have written, clearly defined aims and objectives setting out the broad goals to be achieved by the school. A similar set of objectives will be stated which outline the benefits a pupil can expect to receive through the teaching staff’s conscientious implementation of them. Ideally a teacher will have a written policy on the treatment of injured students and also protection of children.

2 employ teaching staff with experience and qualifications appropriate to the levels and techniques to be taught. Student teachers should be trained and supervised to ensure maintenance of the school’s teaching standards.

3 conform to sound business practice and provide an efficient and fair fee system suitable to circumstances without undervaluing your services.

4 apply appropriate teaching aims and assessment procedures to students.

5 ensure that students and families receive or have access to advice when necessary.

6 use adequate and flexible teaching skills to create a productive learning environment.
Individual teachers will:
• encourage communication between student and him/herself and other students.
• communicate a love of dance and encourage the art of dance.
• demonstrate professional attitudes, including punctuality, reliability and responsible care of students.
• develop self-discipline and self motivation in the students.
• transmit general concepts of movement in addition to those of a particular dance style.
• develop in the students an appreciation of the characteristic style of each specific discipline taught.

7 recognise and develop each student’s potential and offer appropriate guidance for further progress.

8 endeavour to recognise physical anomalies/differences and limitations, modifying the teaching and seeking medical advice where necessary. The teaching and choreography must be anatomically safe, and physical corrections must be attempted in a careful and sensitive manner.

9 uphold the rules of their registered society/organisation.

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