Code of conduct

Assessors are expected to:

  • maintain the highest standards of professional practice at all times. They will always seek to secure the full co-operation of everyone involved in the process, inspire confidence in the fairness and accuracy of judgments and make a valuable contribution to improvement.
  • carry out their work with integrity, treating all those they meet with courtesy and sensitivity;
  • do all they can to minimise the pressure on those involved with the process in the school, giving priority to their best interests and well-being;
  • respect the confidentiality of information about individuals and the work they do;
  • maintain purposeful and formative dialogue with all those involved in the assessment and communicate judgments clearly and frankly;
  • evaluate objectively, be impartial and have no previous connection with the school which could compromise their objectivity; to report honestly and fairly, ensuring that judgments are accurate, reliable and based on secure and sufficient evidence.
  • refrain from offering their own services to support a school they are assessing to meet the deadlines required.

Note: If an assessor is employed by a diocese or LA, it is preferable for them to assess a school outside their LA or diocese. Similarly if a subject leader has supported/networked with a school, it is preferable for someone else to be the assessor.