CODE OF PRACTICE
SMS provides exceptional quality music tuition and training in schools across Sussex.
that music is a universal language through which all of us are able to express ourselves
music-making should always be creative and that all children have a right to a good quality music education.
Sussex Music School agree to:
ensure excellent quality teaching, providing ongoing support and training to its teachers
provide performance opportunities for all students
Monitor our teachers ensuring best practice
Ensure all teachers have an up-to-date police check (DBS) and are insured
Deal with concerns or complaints swiftly and professionally
Teachers agree to:
Work effectively by having specialist knowledge and skills.
Adopt the appropriate attitude, behaviour and dress code.
Manage my time effectively starting and finishing as planned and agreed.
Be aware of the support I may need and request help when necessary.
Keep up to date with all relevant paperwork such as planning and assessment documents
Be safe and responsible
Take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of everyone in my care, especially children and vulnerable adults.
Ensure that the activity is adequately insured.
Provide references for my work on request and a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure.
Have appropriate musical skills
Ensure that the level of skills, knowledge and understanding are sufficient to undertake the work I am doing.
Demonstrate musical expertise, creativity and versatility.
Have appropriate musical resources to be able to adapt and react to changing circumstances.
Work well with people
Value all students and treat them with respect.
Lead high quality and enjoyable music experiences.
Be friendly, approachable and professional in my manner.
Commit to professional development
I improve and update my skills, knowledge and creativity through regular training, personal reflection and membership of professional bodies.
Schools agree to:
Provide an appropriate venue for instrumental lessons and where whole class teaching takes place, prepare the classroom in advance by moving tables and chairs if necessary.
Provide access to any instruments owned by the school to the visiting teacher/trainer
Agree and abide by a suitable time slot for the lesson
Agree with the teacher/SMS at least one term in advance all dates when lessons will take place
Give notice no later than one month before the end of a series of lessons, should they wish to terminate lessons. The visiting teacher will also do the same.