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.