Code of Conduct - Secondary

Given the unique circumstances of music teaching in schools we perceive a need for more explicit guidelines for music teachers. Safer Spaces has consulted widely across the sector and this code has been subject to multiple reviews and iterations. It is devised specifically for music teachers (classroom, itinerant, independent contractors, guests/visitors), school administrators and school boards.

Secondary Code of Conduct PDF
Rationale and References for this Code

This document is underpinned by Ngā Tikanga Matatika Ngā Paerewa Our Code Our Standards, the Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards of the Teaching Profession. All registered New Zealand state school teachers are required to uphold and abide by its values, responsibilities and standards. We have selected those aspects of the Code and Standards that specifically refer to the importance of professional relationships in preventing sexual harm and ensuring the safety of everyone in the classroom and rehearsal/teaching spaces.

  • Manaakitanga: creating a welcoming, caring and creative learning environment that treats everyone with respect and dignity.
  • Pono: showing integrity by acting in ways that are fair, honest, ethical and just.
Code of Professional Responsibility
  • 2.1. I will work in the best interests of learners by promoting the well-being of learners and protecting them from harm.
  • 2.2. I will work in the best interests of learners by engaging in ethical and professional relationships with learners that respect professional boundaries.
Teaching Standard 4: Learning-focused Culture
  • Develop a culture that is focused on learning, and is characterised by respect, inclusion, empathy, collaboration and safety.
  • Manage a learning setting to ensure access to learning for all and to maximise learners’ physical, social, cultural and emotional safety.