Code of conduct
Assessors are expected to:
- maintain the highest standards of professional practice at all times;
- keep efficiently to time in school, and to meet REQM deadlines;
- 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 to communicate judgments clearly and frankly;
- evaluate objectively against the criteria, and with impartiality towards the school;
- report honestly and fairly, ensuring that the award level is 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 (see note below).
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. This must be clarified in advance if necessary with the REQM office i.e. when an assessment is offered to an assessor.