Code of Professional Ethics

These are the ethical ideals for Saskatchewan teachers:
  1. To act at all times in a manner that brings no dishonour to the individual and the teaching profession.
  2. To act in a manner that respects the collective interests of the profession.
  3. To make the teaching profession attractive in ideals and practices so that people will desire to enter it.
  4. To respond unselfishly to colleagues seeking professional assistance.
  5. To respect the various roles and responsibilities of individuals involved in the educational community.
  6. To inform an associate before making valid criticism, and inform the associate of the nature of the criticism before referring the criticism of the associate to appropriate officials.
  7. To support objectively the work of other teachers and evaluate the work of other teachers only at the request of the other teacher or when required by role as a supervisor.
  8. To strive to be competent in the performance of any teaching services that are undertaken on behalf of students, taking into consideration the context and circumstances for teaching.
  9. To deal justly, considerately and appropriately with each student.
  10. To develop teaching practices that recognize and accommodate diversity within the classroom, the school and the community.
  11. To respect the right of students to form their own judgments based upon knowledge.
  12. To encourage each student to reach the highest level of individual development.
  13. To seek to meet the needs of students by designing the most appropriate learning experiences for them.
  14. To implement the provincial curriculum conscientiously and diligently, taking into account the context for teaching and learning provided by students, the school and the community.
  15. To be consistent in the implementation and enforcement of school, school system and provincial Ministry responsible for PreK-12 education policies, regulations and rules.
  16. To render professional service to the best of the individual’s ability.
  17. To keep the trust under which confidential information is exchanged.
  18. To keep parents and the school community informed of and appropriately involved in decisions about educational programs.
  19. To model the fulfilment of social and political responsibilities associated with membership in the community.
  20. To protect the educational program from exploitation.
  21. To seek to be aware of the need for changes in local association, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, school, school division and provincial Ministry responsible for PreK-12 education policies and regulations and actively pursue such changes.
These ideals, set by Council, guide:
  1. The ethical behaviour of Saskatchewan teachers.
  2. The Federation Executive in decision-making regarding the disposition of complaints.
  3. The deliberations and judgments of the Federation Professional Ethics Committee.
* It should be noted that throughout the Federation’s documentation related to the Code of Professional Ethics, the terms “member” and “teacher” include all teachers, principals, assistant principals, vice-principals, consultants and other individuals who are members of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation as defined in sections 17(1) and 17(2)(d) of The Teachers’ Federation Act, 2006.