Code of Ethics for Tutors

Bright Heart requires its tutors to adhere to The Tutors’ Association (TTA) Code of ethics for individual tutors:

  1. I understand that my role as a tutor is to encourage and enable pupils to achieve their unique potential as independent learners through acknowledgement, encouragement, understanding, and personalised attention, whether in a one-to-one or group tutoring environment.
  2. I will be careful to avoid creating any unhealthy dependencies by suggesting a need for tutoring where no such need exists; reporting in a manner that explicitly or implicitly suggests a need for further on-going tutoring; engaging in any practice that undermines the independent learning of pupils.
  3. I will not engage in any form of plagiarism, such as completing pupils’ homework assignments for them.
  4. I will demonstrate faith in my pupils’ learning ability and provide honest, positive and constructive feedback in a manner that will be beneficial to their overall learning.
  5. I understand the need to be flexible in my approach to tutoring and commit to assist my pupils in discovering effective learning strategies that will help them develop the skills they need to achieve the right educational outcomes.
  6. I undertake to keep up-to-date with advances in subject knowledge and pedagogy.
  7. I undertake to comply with the Associations Child Protection Policy.
  8. I am committed to identifying any particular challenges or difficulties my pupils might have with their learning and to assisting them in overcoming those barriers.
  9. I will share with my client any concerns I have about any social, emotional and behavioural difficulties which my pupils are experiencing that are beyond my competency to address.
  10. I will refer back to my client in respect of any pupil I consider to have special educational needs that are beyond my professional experience or ability to resolve, in order that he/she may take steps to securing for them the right kind of specialist help.
  11. Any referrals I make will come with full disclosure of any personal or material interest.
  12. I understand that my relationship to my pupils is professional and not personal and that I have a duty of care towards them.
  13. I will keep information about the pupil whom I am assigned confidential, unless doing so would be to result in injury or harm being done to them.
  14. I will respect my pupils’ personal dignity at all times, avoiding, for example, making remarks about my pupils’ personal appearance or clothing.
  15. I will show respect for my pupils’ cultural background and values.
  16. I will maintain accurate records of tutoring sessions as expected and required.
  17. In situations where I am working for a tutoring company, I will respect the terms and conditions of my contract, and in particular, will not seek to provide any educational services for any of the company’s clients independently of the company.